Michelle Obama wore a silk dress and coat ensemble by American designer Thom Browne for the inauguration. Those who monitor Michelle Obama’s fashion life may recall that she wore a grey silk dress with a black lace overlay by this designer for the final presidential debate. Her outfit suited the seriousness of the occasion, yet it also expressed Michelle Obama’s personal power.
Thom Browne, exclusively a menswear designer until 2011, received his inspiration for the dress and coat’s checked design from a man's silk tie. Browne's decision not to match the coat and dress demonstrates fashion's current trend of mixing contrasting yet complementary patterns and colors. Michelle Obama paired her blue grey dress with a bright blue bolero sweater by Reed Krakoff.
The First Lady stayed with the classic fitted a-line design for both pieces, one of her most flattering silhouettes. She wore a pair of Reed Krakoff boots for the ceremony and blue J Crew heels to the morning service at Saint John's Church. Her accessories included a J Crew embellished belt and purple gloves, and jewelry by Cathy Waterman.