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First family keeping it regal at the Inauguration in blues and purples

Blues and Purples. Blues and Purples.

First family keeping it regal at the Inauguration in blues and purples

President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama watch the Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with their daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, second from left, from the presidential box near the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands  marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama watch the Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with their daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, second from left, from the presidential box near the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) AP

Blues and Purples. Blues and Purples.

These are the fashion colors of  Inaguration 2013.

As the day goes on, we see more and more of this fashionable first family.

Sasha in a thick, shades-of-purple-striped dress - with pockets by Kate Spade New York and Malia in a long sleeved blue dress by J.Crew. While FLOTUS keeps it sassy and modern in a shrunken, electric blue cardigan - that we think she wore with the Reed Krakoff dress on Sunday's swearing in -  over the Thom Browne  jacquard dress.

As a family, the blues and purples made the Obamas look majestic, even subdued this weekend.

Their rich-hued coats were statement pieces, unlike the candy-colored outerwear that merely complimented the dresses they wore four years ago. Back then Michelle Obama’s lime-green suit by Isabel Toledo said ‘We’re new,’ and the blues and purples — historically the colors of royalty — send a message that they’ve settled into their roles.

Speaking of blues, this weekend the first family also wore shades of blue — in the blue room. The family wore contrasting tights and gloves, so the simple cuts and deep colors popped with pizzazz.
“I do think the whole, overall tonal blue was really nicely done,” said Clara Henry, director of the fashion program at Philadelphia University.  “There was a serenity and a calmness.”

About this blog

I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Reach Elizabeth at ewellington@phillynews.com.

Elizabeth Wellington Fashion Columnist
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