• See photos of what Michelle Obama wore to the Inaugural Ball.

    First lady Michelle Obama wore a navy dress and coat by American designer Thom Browne for her husband Barack Obama's second public inauguration as president. Daughter Sasha wore a bright purple Kate Spade coat and dress, while Malia wore a matching J Crew coat and dress.

    The First Lady's ensemble was constructed from a silk modeled on the lines of a silk tie.

    Browne, based in New York, is a noted menswear designer who also designs women's clothing. He was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America Menswear Designer of the Year in March 2006 and the GQ Designer of the Year in November 2008.

    President Barack Obama and his family arrived at St. John's Episcopal Church for a church service before his inaugural ceremony in Washington.

    As she customarily does, the first lady mixed couture with ready-to-wear by adding a cool studded J Crew belt around the waist of the sheath dress, then later sported it over the matching princess-cut topper. Her shoes also were from J Crew.

    Later, she changed into boots for the parade and added a pair of plum-colored leather gloves that mimicked the color combinations worn by her daughters.

    The first lady, long known for her singular modern and American style, caused a sensation last week when she debuted a new haircut with bangs.


    Called "the fringe," or "the Karlie" after supermodel Karlie Kloss, the cut has been dissected by fashion and style experts and lauded for it's youthful, fresh look.