There’s been considerable debate over whether Mrs O should showcase her trademark jewel colours for her inauguration dress or go for a classic white gown as favoured by Nancy Reagan and most famously Jackie Kennedy. There are staunch Mrs O supporters in both camps and of course we won’t know either way until the 20th, but we can offer a glimpse of what a winter white inaugural gown might look like.
Back in May 2005, Mrs O wore this gorgeous Maria Pinto dress to attend the Legends Ball hosted by Oprah Winfrey. Stunningly simple in the cut of the bodice, the dress allows the shimmering fabric-it looks like a silk taffeta-to speak for itself. The gown is soft and relatively unstructured aside from the tiered skirt, a touch of drama added with the matching ruffled wrap-a Pinto signature.
Mrs O accessorises perfectly for the occasion with a sparkling choker and earrings and an elegant up-do. The combination of opulence and restraint means that despite the formality of the occasion, she manages to look fresh and youthful. A look at Mrs O’s previous evening wear, including this gown, gives a few intriguing hints as to what we might be able to expect on Inauguration day. I
nterestingly, given her usual vibrant hues, Mrs O has in the past often tended towards a softer palette for evening in pastel pinks and blues. She is clearly a fan of Pinto’s embellished wraps and seems to favour a less structured, more softly draped look than she chooses for daywear. She often wears her hair up in the evening, the better to showcase the statement earrings she favours for formal events and the elegant lines of her dresses. So will Mrs O stay true to form or surprise us all? Only time will tell.