Perhaps you splurged on an evening dress to go to a wedding or costume ball this year. Did you find that dress, thinking to yourself, "I'll be able to wear this dress again for another special occasion"? (If you're really lucky, you are going to the inaugural ball at McCormick Place.) As the date for the inauguration approaches, you might be filled with excitement, thinking about all the special, beautiful dresses and handsome tuxes you'll see as the major local and national networks cover the event. Starting with the swearing in ceremony, when President Obama takes the oath of office again, the focus could be, partially, what kinds of dresses Rahm Emanuel's wife, prominent women politicians, and the wives of politicians wear to the inaugural ceremonies. Probably, they will be wearing dresses like the one our model in the photograph is wearing, a shimmery gold minidress or something with sequins, if they're not wearing something long and equally dramatic in similar striking colors.
People such as Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, and other politicians will be attending some of the inaugural events in our nation's capital. Eleanor Clift and other journalists like her will be covering the news behind the ceremonies themselves, such as Obamacare for the upteenth time or whether to cut funding for the U.S. Military. There will be, of course, other stories that stem from this event that are being covered. However, Chicago Democrats and independents, in the majority right now, will be, in addition to watching the political ceremonies and their pomp and circumstance, also wondering who they might meet or see during one of the most important events in history as Barack Obama prepares to lead our country for another four years. Among those covering the political festivities will undoubtedly be the 'fashion gurus' passing judgment on the attires of people like Meryl Streep as they attend one of the inaugural balls (of which there are likely to be many). After we recently saw the many evening gowns, with the Golden Globe Awards, there will also be people looking to find the most well dressed stars, such as Stacey Keibler and Kate Hudson, perhaps.
So as you prepare, perhaps, to attend one of the political parties in the Chicagoland area, maybe a potluck cocktail party given by one of the Obama campaign organizers, people may be planning to dress down or up, depending on who is giving the party. If you want to fit in with the other people at the party, check out some of the designer ball gowns that Saks Fifth Avenue is featuring, if it's in your budget. Will you be able to write off such an expense this tax year, with the Obama tax hikes? We'll see