I wondered whether Michelle Obama or Jill Biden would wear hats to today’s inauguration. I don’t associate either one of them with hats, so I was curious to see what, if anything, they would don.
It has been a tradition, no? that the First Lady wears a certain chapeau to this event. Of course Jacqueline Kennedy had her memorable pillbox, Hillary Clinton had a mumsy cobalt blue number, and . . . I can’t remember any others.
(But maybe that’s my Canadian blindness speaking. However, I can only think of Margaret Trudeau in that photo at Studio 54, or fainting when her husband was trying to be official.)
If there had been a tradition, then Michelle Obama went her own way (not a bad thing, especially if one is not usually a hat wearer. I like to wear my beret daily, though I feel that that style has been sullied for wearing at all future presidential events.)
But if anyone was disappointed that Michelle did not wear a hat, then I suspect that a double cheer rang out when Aretha Franklin emerged to sing.
Her title, “the Queen of Soul,” or perhaps now "the First Lady of Soul," was entirely appropriate for today’s occasion, and her hat was a combination of over-the-top classic and outrageous.
Essentially a prim, perfectly shaped, ENORMOUS gray bow, the hat was embellished with Swarovski crystals and was, according to the LA Times, made by Detroit’s Mr Song Millinery.
Now, I’m not going to say that the First Lady of Soul stole the show, stylistically speaking, because I don't want to--ahem--dis-r-e-s-p-e-c-t Michelle, who looked lovely. But Aretha did work that crown and inject a little extra glamour into an already starstruck crowd.