On January 20, Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States of America, marking the first time a Black and South Asian woman will hold the office. The world will be watching, taking note of every detail, from the Vice President-elect’s speech, to what she wears. The words, the clothes, all of it telegraphs a message about what the vice president stands for, the values she wishes to project.
It’s a fraught intersection—fashion and politics—and one that women are forced to navigate more carefully than their male counterparts, subject to far harsher criticism. Harris strikes the right note with ease, preferring well-tailored pantsuits or blazers and jeans, with signature style notes that project a playful and confident personality, like Converse sneakers or Timberland boots, and a strand of pearls as a nod to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. She understands the symbolism clothes can carry, notable in when she chose to wear an all-white Carolina Herrera suit on election night as a nod to the color the Suffragettes wore when advocating for the right to vote.
On inauguration day, we’ll see the vice president in her most formal looks yet: one to wear while taking her oath of office, and the one she’ll hit the dance floor in at the inaugural ball. While Harris has worn suiting from European labels like Valentino and Max Mara, we’re betting she will wear an American designer for the big day. It will grant that designer a bigger platform and press at a time when American fashion could use the boost.