Before I start this post on the light topic of “First Lady Fashion”, I’d like to first say that I realize the recent election has polarized not only our country, but the world. My own family and extended family is divided along party lines. I am an independent – I have been unable to completely identify with either of the parties completely, so I tend to vote with my heart. To my husband’s frustration, sometimes that means voting with my heart, over my pocket book – in other words, voting for what is better for the world at large as opposed to voting for self-serving reasons. That doesn’t make me a Democrat, because as I said, I’m an Independent. I can be Republican on certain issues, usually just fiscal ones. Socially and from a humanitarian and women/children’s rights perspective, I tend to lean Democrat. It’s a tough place to be – I want less “big government” (and more efficient government) but at the same time, recognize that the majority of people across the world are in far different socioeconomic situations than I am and I see the needs that exist for public programs to keep everyone safe, healthy and able to exist together. I spend a great deal of time reading the paper, watching the news and listening to news radio in my car. You would probably be surprised to know how much time I spend following what is happening in Washington. But how can I not? It’s the world I live in and the world my children will inherit and after seeing what I am witnessing, it makes me want to be more involved in championing issues that are important. The time is now to stand up for what is right and just. As a woman, I was incredibly moved to watch the mobilization of women all over the world yesterday to stand up for all sorts of issues affecting women. Though it’s fun on a blog to cover home decor, fashion and pretty things, I am completely vested in a number of important issues and in fact think that those issues will start to move to the forefront of my daily life as time goes on. I realize more and more how important it is to stand up and be heard. When I was in high school, I helped to found a chapter of Junior Statesmen of America and spent a summer at Yale University (age 15) studying government, debate and public speaking. I suppose I buried that early passion for politics by moving on to studying science (biology/chemistry) at University and as life went on, founding The Well Appointed House after a career in advertising. Here I am now, a mother of three young children and watching what is happening around me — and all I can see is that my early passion for politics is back and stronger than ever. I am excited to see the discourse that is happening and the worldwide passion coming out by the millions on these important issues. Though we all have our “day jobs” and work hard as parents, grandparents, caretakers, friends — it’s important to remember that we all need to carve out some minutes of our life to stand up for what we believe in. It’s part of being a participant in humanity. Every voice deserves to be heard and it was amazing to see young and old, men and women marching for issues affecting women. Perhaps there will be marches on the other side… wikipedia says that the marches yesterday were the largest political demonstrations in the United States since the Vietnam War. Either way, we are living in times requiring thoughts and opinions. Get your kids involved, as I did so many years ago!
With that said and no matter which side of the political divide I myself fall, as I am sure everyone else did, I enjoyed watching the pomp and circumstance around the inauguration on Friday. It was visually spectacular to behold and no matter who you voted for, it was fun to watch the outfits of the participants and the audience file past as they arrived for the festivities. The marching bands, fireworks displays and gorgeous historic D.C. buildings that served as backdrops brought out the patriots in us all. Some fashions worn on inauguration day were better than others (!). Melania Trump may not be the favorite of all, but regardless, her outfit was stunning and fitting for a first lady. If you were to dig deep enough in the Jackie Kennedy archives, you will see that she took her inspiration from Jackie:
It’s hard not to take inspiration from Jackie, whether wittingly or unwittingly, because classic, formal “day” wear befitting an event such as the inauguration even designed today in 2017 seem to take inspiration from the classic 60’s styles worn by Jackie. Whether it’s Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrerra, Ralph Lauren, or other such well-known designers, the daytime “ladies who lunch” look is often the same. It is what is deemed “appropriate”. It’s a dress with some sort of coordinating blazer, cardigan or capelet. If you have an upcoming luncheon or formal daytime event, and want to have that “first lady” look, we have selected some favorite designer looks that fall in this genre. Whether it’s a formal government event, a ladies lunch like the hat party or even a wedding, here are some morning suits for ladies that we love:
Which is your favorite?