Why Hillary Clinton’s Outfit on Inauguration Day Made a Bold Statement

While Inauguration Day fashion made headlines everywhere Friday, Hillary Clinton's wardrobe was noted for the subtle yet powerful message it carried.

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Hillary Clinton's fashion choices have long received attention and supporters thought she made another prominent statement during the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
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Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, were among the many dignitaries in attendance during the inauguration Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
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Clinton donned a Ralph Lauren pantsuit, sticking to her signature look — one that became a movement among her supporters during the campaign.
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Many of Clinton's supporters considered themselves part of the "pantsuit nation," a salute to her attire.
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But it was more than just the pantsuit that stood out as part of Clinton's wardrobe.
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While Trump's daughter Ivanka also wore white at the inauguration, Clinton's color choice was noted by supporters on social media as making a significant statement during the event.
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The color white is often associated with peace.
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But it is also tied to the women's suffrage movement.
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According to the National Woman's Party, white is the emblem of purity and symbolizes the quality of the movement's purpose.
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Clinton wore a white pantsuit as well when she accepted her party's nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention in July.
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Hundreds of thousands of women across the globe marched the day after the inauguration, many making a statement against Trump, whose past comments about grabbing women by their genitals sparked national backlash during the campaign.
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Some of the demonstrators held up signs that asserted women's rights as human rights -- a theme of a famous speech that Clinton gave in China as first lady.
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Clinton tweeted praise for the demonstrators, thanking attendees for “standing, speaking and marching for our values.” It's as “important as ever,” she said.
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Clinton also revived her campaign slogan, tweeting she believes “we're always Stronger Together.”
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It's not the first time Clinton has made a statement with her choice of wardrobe color.
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Her outfit choice during her concession speech to Trump made similar headlines.
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The Democratic candidate appeared before cameras in a black blazer with purple lapels and a shirt of the same color, again by designer Ralph Lauren. Her husband wore a purple tie. Anne Holton, wife of former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, also wore a dress with purple accents.
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Politically, the color purple a color of unity among the Republican and Democratic parties, which are represented by the colors red and blue, respectively.
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During elections, swing states are often called "purple states," referring to their ability to support either the Republican or Democratic party.
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The color purple also has important significance to the women's suffrage movement.
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"Purple is the color of loyalty, the constancy of purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause," according to the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage mission statement quoted by the New York Times.
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And Clinton is Methodist, a religion that uses purple to signify royalty and penitence, especially during Advent and Lent.
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