Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day Style Is Based on a Men's Tie

Esther Zuckerman
January 21, 2013

One of the biggest stories of Inauguration Day for the fashion-inclined has already broken, and it at once peculiar and familiar. As the president and his family arrived at St. John Episcopal Church this morning, Michelle Obama emerged in a Thom Browne coat and dress, according to NBC's Kristen Welker, by way of the White House. Welker also reported this detail: "The fabric was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie." The First Lady donned Browne during the campaign last year, wearing the same design both to the final debate and the Democratic National Convention. Clearly, she's interested in themes, noted Eric Wilson of The New York Times:

Michelle Obama in a navy theme yesterday, and once again in a tailored navy coat this morning by Thom Browne.

— Eric Wilson (@EricWilsonNYT) January 21, 2013

Here's a look at the full look from the AP:

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Per NBC's Ali Weinberg FLOTUS's shoes and belt are by J.Crew, the brand that got a notable seat at the inauguration four years ago. Welker reports that Malia Obama's entire pink ensemble is also by J.Crew, while Sasha's coat and dress are from Kate Spade: 

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Meanwhile, Joe Biden is definitely wearing sunglasses:

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