Bernie Sanders drips out at inauguration

Vermont senator proves that you really only need one good coat


Abigail Knoop, Reporter

“The pose. The mittens. The social distance.”

While stars such as Lady Gaga, JLo, even Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden blew us away in their lavish and beautiful outfits at the historic event, the real fashion icon was none other than Sen. Bernie Sanders.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.

Put yourself into the Senator’s shoes, his brown penny loafers to be exact. Bernie Sanders proved to everyone that the inauguration was on his to-do list, but definitely not why he left the house. Sporting a beige parka and brown mittens to go with his medical mask, this outfit caught the eyes of millions around the world – mostly for comedic purposes.

However, his oversized mittens really stole the show. From their snazzy patterns to cozy-warm appeal, the mittens were a social media hit, especially with Sanders following social distancing guidelines and masking up!

The mittens actually have a back story:  Jen Ellis, a teacher from Vermont, decided to make mittens for all the teachers in her daughter’s day care, which included Sanders’ daughter-in-law, and by default included a pair for the senator. They are made from repurposed wool and lined with fleece.

The mittens actually gained so much attention that a @BerniesMittens Twitter account was made in their honor.

Finishing off the look, Sanders  of course wore his signature parka, seen by everyone in his presidential campaign videos. Twitter users immediately recognized the iconic jacket and were quick to joke on its appearance at the event. Leave it to twitter to make jokes even for this situation!

When asked about the reaction to his outfit, Sanders said he did what he could to stay warm.

Sanders interacts with people at the inauguration with his fleece gloves. (Getty Images)

“In Vermont … we know something about the cold. And we’re not so concerned about good fashion,” he told CBS. “We want to keep warm. And that’s what I did today.”


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