News & Politics

Is Purple the New American Color?

Harris, Obama, Biden, and Clinton were all sporting it at the inauguration, perhaps in a show of bipartisanship

Photograph by Evy Mages

While many of today’s inauguration attendees were bedecked in the traditional American colors of red and blue, another hue made a prominent appearance: purple. While the color has long been associated with royalty and power, many on social media have been speculating its use today was in a sartorial show of bipartisanship (Republican red + Democratic blue = purple). Here are some of the guests we saw debuting what might be the new American color.

Kamala Harris

Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton

Michelle Obama

Amy Klobuchar

Elizabeth Warren

Rosa DeLauro

 

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Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.