Dr. Jill Biden Shared the Sweet Story Behind Her Inauguration Corsage

Apparently, Joe Biden has a tradition of giving her corsages made from white gardenias, her favorite flower.

UPDATE: In a new interview with People, Dr. Jill Biden shared the romantic story behind her inauguration corsage, telling the outlet it was part of a longstanding romantic tradition with her husband, President Joe Biden — who has given her corsages made from white gardenias, her favorite flower, throughout their marriage.

"I think it was for Valentine's Day," she told the magazine, per Today, as the president confirmed that was the "the first time" he bought her a corsage.

"It's just a tradition, and he surprised me with it," she added. "I was surprised that people actually saw it on my wrist, but I guess with a zoom lens you see everything."


Dr. Jill Biden, the former second lady and brand-new first lady of the United States of America, made a statement this morning when she attended her husband's inauguration wearing a coat by N.Y.C.-based label Markarian, designed by Alexandra O'Neill. Many saw it as a signal that she — and Vice President Kamala Harris — would continue former first lady Michelle Obama's precedent and shine the spotlight on lesser-known and American designers. Later in the day, she changed into a white coat embellished with a floral motif.

Underneath, she wore a matching white sheath dress with sheer sleeves and she finished off the look with a matching mask, which appeared on the Celebrating America TV special. The star of the outfit, however, may just be her white corsage, which caught the attention of Twitter.

Jill Biden Coat
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According to Vogue, past first ladies have worn corsages, including Mamie Eisenhower and Betty Ford, putting Dr. Biden in very good company.

Back in 2009, Dr. Biden wore a red gown by Reem Acra to Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball. In 2013, when she and Joe attended the Obamas' second Inaugural Ball, she wore a blue dress by Vera Wang.

During the lead up to the election, Dr. Biden wasn't shy about using fashion to send a clear message. She famously wore Stuart Weitzman's VOTE boots during a rally in Delaware. She chose designers Gabriela Hearst and Brandon Maxwell for appearances before Election Day and wore Christian Siriano to the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention.

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