It is a certainty that all of you who regularly read Mrs-O consider our First Lady, Michelle Obama to be a stylish inspiration. But have you considered our Second Lady, Dr Jill Biden to be a style inspiration too? I certainly have!
Dr Biden has been turning heads since she joined the Obama campaign team in 2008. She participated in a Vogue photoshoot with female members of her family in 2008, quickly setting the stage for what she would bring to the Obama/Biden White House.
Her 2009 inaugural ceremony dress was a gray tweed shift from the brand Milly, borrowed from her daughter-in-law Hallie. The company quickly reissued the dress, renaming it the ‘Dr Biden.’ Her red strapless inaugural gown by Reem Acra was certainly a stunner, the bright classic color given a contemporary design twist for the new presidency that was beginning. A few of my friends said they preferred it to the First Lady’s gown, but there lies another tale!
Dr Biden has a wardrobe of staple ‘go-tos.’ These include suits, dresses, simple diamond jewellery, bright colors, stilettos and knee high boots. She has a bright blue draped jersey dress which is particularly stylish, and her choices of evening gowns are always spot on and appropriate for the occasion. She often wears pieces from Milly, and I’ll always remember when she selected a pair of silver Reva flats by Tory Burch for a visit with the First Lady to a food drive.
In an interview with Marie Claire magazine in 2010, her outfit was described as consisting of a “ruffled blue oxford-cloth shirt, black pencil skirt, gray jacket and leaving a whiff of Chanel Cristalle.” This sophisticated description describes Dr Biden’s style perfectly- classic and chic with a contemporary twist.
Her choice of designers for the 2013 inaugural celebrations were similarly as sophisticated. A custom Lela Rose coat and dress kept Dr Biden warm for the inaugural ceremony, and by night, she had changed into a blue Vera Wang scoop-neck gown, accessorised with a black bow belt. This choice gained Dr Biden great media coverage, with sites such as Stylelist and The Guardian declaring her gown as radiant and sophisticated.
Dr Biden has been quoted saying that it is “important for my students to see how professional women dress,” and there is no doubt that she has been successful in this mission. Dr Biden wears functional and fashionable professional clothes that women across America and indeed the world wear to their jobs on a daily basis. Like the First Lady, Dr Biden is a great ambassador for American fashion across the globe, and even though the same amount of media coverage does not follow her like her ‘First’ counterpart, there is little doubt that people are paying attention to how she dresses.
Dr Biden remains an individual to watch- both for her sense of style and her commitment to her country, profession and family. There is no doubt that she will leave a strong legacy when she exits the White House- and it will be a stylish one that.