First lady Jill Biden sent a beautiful message of unity with her outfit on the evening of President Biden’s inauguration — and one accessory in particular caught many people’s attention.
The first lady wore a white corsage on her wrist, following in the footsteps of other first ladies who have sported a similar accessory on Inauguration Day.
Mamie Eisenhower wore a dramatic orchid corsage on her dress for the inauguration of her husband, Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953.
Betty Ford also apparently wore a corsage for the inauguration of Gerald Ford, according to Vogue.
Biden’s inauguration evening outfit had a floral theme all around. Her ivory cashmere coat and coordinating dress were embroidered with the official flowers of every U.S. state and territory, according to the ensemble’s designer, Gabriela Hearst, who shared detailed photos of the outfit on Instagram.
“The Delaware flower is positioned at the heart level of The First Lady, from there, all the other flowers branch out,” the designer explained.
The coat also had a quote from Benjamin Franklin embroidered in the lining, honoring Biden’s career as an educator: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Many people took to Twitter to point out Biden’s classic accessory.
There’s something very sweet about Dr Jill Biden wearing a corsage.
— Jacki (@jaxwax04) January 21, 2021