Melania Trump sent one last message with her exit outfit

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ICYM it, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were finally sworn in yesterday at Capitol Hill, while Donald and Melania Trump made a swift exit to Florida, choosing not to attend the ceremony (he is the first president to skip an inauguration since Nixon).

While politics of course took centre stage, the fashion was pretty spectacular too, from Kamala Harris wearing suffragette purple, to poet Amanda Gorman's red Prada headband and J-Lo's Chanel earrings, to the Lady Gaga peace brooch that stole the show.

But sadly not all outfits on that day seemed to have been that positive or joyful. Melania Trump stood out with her decidedly funereal ensemble as she left the White House.

She wore a black cropped jacket with gold buttons, paired with a pencil skirt and black courts, as well as some large sunglasses. She also carried a black crocodile skin Hermes Birkin bag.

Many drew comparisons between her outfit and the one Jackie Kennedy wore to the funeral of her husband President JFK in 1963.

As she left, she told a crowd of supporters, 'Being your First Lady was my greatest honour. Thank you for your love and your support. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all, God bless your families and God bless this beautiful nation.'

Her sombre attire matched the couple's sombre mood at leaving the White House, after claiming the election was stolen.

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They jetted off to Florida, where by stark contrast, the former First Lady changed into a 70s-inspired orange and blue dress, with an altogether more sunny desposition.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.