Dr. Jill Biden: The Other Fashion Powerhouse In The White House

We already know not to call Dr. Jill Biden the "Second Lady" — she prefers "Captain of the Vice Squad," as revealed on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The latter more aptly describes her never-ending list of impressive accomplishments, from her decades-long career as an English teacher (and the first SLOTUS to hold a paying job while her husband was Vice President) to holding a doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware (along with two other Master’s Degrees). Dr. Biden is also the author of a children’s book dedicated to honoring our troops, as well as the co-founder of the like-minded Joining Forces initiative (alongside Michelle Obama), and founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative, which works to educate high-school girls about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Given all these professional engagements, Dr. Biden is more often working behind the scenes than holding court on the receiving line — and, as such, her fashion choices haven't historically received a ton of attention. Still, when it comes to personal style, she's been quietly turning it out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She's truly a American working woman — and, like many of us, she's had to strike that balance between showcasing her personal flair and dressing for her day-to-day. Add the responsibility that comes with being a public figure, and the task is all the more daunting.

Looking back at Dr. Biden's style choices from the past eight years brings up feelings of familiarity. Her look is similar to that of the strong, professional female figures in our lives, who have thriving careers and powerful personalities — and know that those don't have to be mutually exclusive. Based on the photos ahead, we’d say Dr. Biden has nailed it. Click through to get some inspiration from the Captain of the Vice Squad.
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At the Midwest Inaugural Ball in 2009, Dr. Biden wowed in a bright red gown by Reem Acra. Aren't these two just the cutest?
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Dr. Biden opts for elegance and sophistication in this stunning Vera Wang gown at the 2013 Inaugural Ball.
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When you have live flowers to accessorize your floral-print dress, you know your look is seriously on point.
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At the USO Gala in October, Dr. Biden takes on the fashion-forward cut-out trend, in the classiest way possible.
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Red is clearly Dr. Biden's hue of choice (and for good reason).
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At the Democratic National Convention this year, Dr. Biden proved she knows her style tricks: Throw on a pair of nude heels to make your legs look miles long.
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Dr. Biden was an early adopter of the lampshading trend, pairing a dress with over-the-knee boots over a year ago on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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During another appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers last month, Dr. Biden donned a leather shift dress and electric blue stilettos. Chic.
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Dr. Biden sure loves her electric blue stilettos...and we're into it.
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Dr. Biden wins the airport-style game with this preppy, striped frock.
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Now, this is how you wear punchy pastels.
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She definitely knows how to stand out in a crowd. She topped off her Milly houndstooth dress with a red coat by Fleurette at the 2009 Inauguration ceremony.
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She can do a red carpet with aplomb, too. Just check out SLOTUS and daughter Ashley at the Academy Awards this year.
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Take a cue from Dr. Biden and add a pop of color to your completely office-appropriate look with some canary-yellow shoes.
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Joe Biden announced he wouldn't be running for president on the day this shot was snapped, but his wife became a frontrunner for best dressed in this purple shift.
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Here's a rare denim cameo.
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At this year's Joining Forces Invictus Games, Dr. Biden (who was joined by Michelle Obama and Prince Harry) opted for a sleek, color-blocked number.
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Couple-matching goals.
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Designer Lela Rose put together this 2013 Inauguration look for Dr. Biden, sending the internet in a bow-fueled frenzy.
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Spice up a business-casual shift by throwing on a bright-blue blazer.
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At the 2015 Lincoln Awards, Dr. Biden wowed in a bold look that's making us green with envy.
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She kept it simple but chic on Election Night in 2012.
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For a visit to the Late Show with David Letterman, Dr. Biden wore Democratic blue, and the hue certainly suits her.
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And, as we know, in the Biden household, everyone is required to wear aviators.
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