Dr. Jill Biden Wore Blue at the Inauguration to Symbolize "Trust, Confidence, and Stability"

Chloe Foussianes
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Photo credit: JIM LO SCALZO - Getty Images
Photo credit: JIM LO SCALZO - Getty Images

From Town & Country

Today, Dr. Jill Biden had an opportunity to set a tone for her term as First Lady with her clothing—and she clearly didn't take this chance lightly.

Biden chose to work with Markarian—an American label from designer Alexandra O'Neill that prides itself on producing its made-to-order wares in New York's Garment District—to create a custom look for Inauguration Day. In keeping with political fashion mores—both of First Ladies past (hello, Jackie Kennedy) and more contemporary figures—she opted for a matching coat and dress in a single, distinctive color.

That color was blue, and was chosen for a very particular reason. In a press release, Markarian explained that the outfit was made in various shades of blue velvet, blue tweed, silk, and chiffon in order to "signify trust, confidence, and stability."

Photo credit: Courtesy Markarian
Photo credit: Courtesy Markarian

It wasn't just the design's color that communicated a self-consciously staid, even-keeled control. The tweed set recalled the fashions of a previous political era—a simple, dependable look that's served the Queen of England for decades.

But, crucially, rather than go all-in on tradition, Jill Biden chose to enlist a younger designer—one endeavoring to find new ways of revitalizing American-made clothing—to create her look. Not revolutionary, not reactionary, but something in-between.

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