Kamala Harris is making history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president — and she’s doing it in style. As New York Times writer Vanessa Friedman puts it, “Substance doesn’t exist entirely independent of style.”
The vice president set the style bar high right off the bat at the inauguration, proving she’s bound to be a force in fashion as well as in Washington. For the January 20, 2021 ceremony, she wore a purple ensemble from Christopher John Rogers. The California-native accessorized her violet ensemble with her signature pearls.
For the evening celebration after the inauguration, Harris wore sleek black coat by Sergio Hudson. Underneath, she wore a sequin cocktail dress and Neuwrith earrings. And the prior, she wore a sleek nude coat by Kerby Jean-Raymod of Pyer Moss.
Over the course of the entire weekend, Harris made a point to wear clothing from Black Americans and small businesses with an eye for sustainability.
And if the vice president’s speech from November 8, 2020 is any indication of her dedication to breaking down barriers, we can expect to see the same thoughtfulness in her outfit choices going forward.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said as she celebrated her win with President Joe Biden. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way”
After her official swear in, the VP placed the purple to the side in favor of darker, neutral tones like black, blue and gray. Since January 2021, we’ve seen the ceiling-shattering politician lean on her vast collection of power suits, which she then accessorizes depending on the mood and occasion.
For more laid-back appearances, Harris has been know to reach for her white high-top Converses. Meanwhile, for the more monumental events such as receiving her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, she typically adds a sophisticated pop of pearls.
Keep scrolling to see Harris’ interesting and varied vice-presidential sense of style.