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What to Wear to an Inaugural Ball

This is your invitation to the 57th Inauguration Day for the president of the United States, to be held in Washington, DC on Monday, January 21, 2013.
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This is your invitation to the 57th Inauguration Day for the president of the United States, to be held in Washington, DC on Monday, January 21, 2013. A week of festivities will have our nation's capitol abuzz with excitement and flowing champagne, and will include the presidential swearing-in ceremony on the west front steps of the Capitol Building, the inaugural address, inaugural parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring Barack Obama's second term as president of the United States. The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is "Faith in America's Future," commemorating our perseverance and unity, and marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863. If you haven't received an invitation to an inaugural ball, worry not; while there are only two official inaugural balls, there are also many other ticketed events to attend, like the state society inaugural balls, and the unofficial inaugural balls. For more information about the festivities of Inauguration Day, go to

The Two Official Inaugural Balls

If we were picking a dress for the stylish Michelle Obama, we would look no further than Oscar de la Renta. This strapless embroidered gown would be perfection on the first lady.


We tracked the first lady trend of beautiful cream designer creations, which to us, just like a delicate lily or pearl of the same soft and snowy shade, seems to signify new beginnings and the spirit of hope that they bring. If we were to attend, we would go straight to Bergdorf Goodman to find something elegant and simple, like this wonderfully chic Notte by Marchesa gown in striking black silk. The sequin-embroidered shoulders add the perfect amount of understated sparkle that the occasion calls for, and the rest is covered by the Stuart Weitzman jewel-front evening sandals and the DVF Tonda pavé crystal clutch bag. Finally, for warmth and extra polish, we added a gorgeous and luxurious lamb fur kimono-style evening wrap and opera-length leather gloves. Elegance and glamour are unmistakably the theme of the inaugural ball, and we can't think of two looks more appropriately presidential than these.


Our last four first ladies have looked stunning at their inaugural balls...

... following in the footsteps of our favorite fashion icon, Jacqueline Kennedy, who set the standard for modern White House glamour.