The 57-year-old, who was joined by her husband, former President Barack Obama, wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants — all in the same deep shade.
Mrs. Obama topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle that pulled the outfit together. Her dark hair was worn down in loose curls, and she had on a black face mask that matched her heels and leather gloves.
Michelle Obama cut a stylish figure in head-to-toe plum at Joe Biden’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday
Mrs. Obama wore a stylish floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants by Sergio Hudson
The former First Lady topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle
Mrs. Obama’s tailor Christy Rilling told DailyMail.com that fit was the main focus when preparing her Inauguration Day outfit.
‘On such important events like today we always consider the tailoring to be the top priority,’ the New York-based couturier said. ‘It’s the best magic trick to make you look flawless on camera just like Mrs. Obama showed again today.’
Rilling added: ‘We have been working on it little by little for the last couple of months — but of course, as always, there are last min tweaks that usually go into the early hours of the a.m.’
Purple appeared to be the color of the day as Mrs. Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf. To keep warm, the former secretary of state also wore a dark wool coat over her suit.
Hillary Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf, which she paired with a dark wool coat to keep warm
The former secretary of state was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton
Mrs. Clint gave a cheerful wave as they arrived at the West Front o the U.S. Capitol
Mrs. Clinton was bundled up in a scar that matched her suit and black suede gloves
Like Mrs. Obama, she had on a black mask that matched her gloves and shoes.
While they opted for pants, Mrs. Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights. She accessorized the look with a long silver ball necklace, a light gray mask, and flats.
The top button of her coat was buttoned, and she carried a small gray leather handbag that perfectly matched her dress.
Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, and First Lady Jill Biden, 69, seemed to set the tone with their respective outfits.
Ms. Harris made history as the first female and first black and south Asian vice president wearing a purple coat by black designer Christopher John Rogers.
Laura Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights for the occasion
Mrs. Bush arrived at the U.S. Capitol with her husband, former President George W. Bush
The former First Lady carried a slate gray leather purse that matched her dress
The Bushes were arm-in-arm when they arrived at the inauguration, with his light blue tie matching his wife’s coat
She wore the coat over a matching purple dress and her signature pearl necklace, topping off the look with a black mask, black leather gloves, and sheer tights.
While Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton’s looks complemented Ms. Harris’ outfit of choice with their looks, Mrs. Bush matched Mrs. Biden, who dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian.
Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, turning their backs on their successors in a gesture unseen since 1869. However, she got in one last sartorial look at the White House.
She was seen boarding Marine One on the South Lawn in a somber all-black outfit that featured a Chanel jacket priced at over $5,600, a pair of $795 Christian Louboutin heels, and a black crocodile Hermes Birkin worth more than $70,000.
Kamala Harris, 56, made history as the first female and first black and south Asian vice president wearing a purple coat by black designer Christopher John Rogers
First Lady Jill Biden dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen chose to stay and watch Biden be sworn in, but she took a cue from Mrs. Trump and wore all black.
Mrs. Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black high-heeled boots, black leather gloves, and a black face mask.
Guests on the inaugural platform on the West Front of the Capitol talked and mingled on the cold, Washington D.C. day while they waited for the ceremony to begin. It was windy and in the 40s. A light snow fell on the Capitol and waiting guests.
They wore face masks and bundled up against the cold in coats, gloves and scarves.
Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but she got in one last sartorial look as she left the White House in an all-black outfit
Outgoing Second Lady Karen Pence, 64, sported a somber black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black high-heeled boots, black leather gloves, and a black face mask
Former President Obama walked around saying hello to guests, including baseball player Alex Rodriguez, the husband of Jennifer Lopez. Lopez is performing in the ceremony. He also nodded to Pence and took a photo of Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff when they walked by him as they entered the platform.
Most members of Supreme Court were there, including Trump-appointed justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Biden, 78, was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol 11 minutes early on Wednesday.
When he addressed the country for the first time as President, he declared to the nation that ‘democracy has prevailed’ — after a chaotic transition where his predecessor denied his election win and never congratulated him.
‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for President in its tracks.
He added: ‘We’ve learned again that democracy’s precious, democracy’s fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.’
After the contentious contest, in which Trump falsely accused him of stealing the election, Biden paid tribute to the peaceful transfer of power and the resilience of American democracy.
‘This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day a day of history and hope, of renewal, and resolve, for crucible for the ages America has tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate not a candidate, but a cause, the cause of democracy,’ he noted.
Biden thanked his predecessors of both parties for being at his swearing-in.
‘I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart,’ Biden said, adding he had spoken to former President Jimmy Carter on the phone the night before. Carter did not attend out of safety reasons because of the COVID pandemic.
Biden also acknowledged the attack that took place on the Capitol two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob interrupted the certification of his victory.
‘Now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the capital’s very foundation. We come together under one nation, under god, indivisible, to transfer the peaceful power as we have for two centuries,’ he said.
Biden gave his inaugural remarks after history-making Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in, with the oldest person to become president taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump.