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12 Ways to Channel the Vibrant Style of Poet Amanda Gorman

12 Ways to Channel the Vibrant Style of Poet Amanda Gorman

Love her style and wondering how to dress like poet Amanda Gorman? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 12 ways to channel the vibrant style of poet Amanda Gorman with luxury fashion outfits you can buy right now.

12 ways to channel the vibrant style of poet Amanda Gorman

After the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, my social media feed exploded with the words and images of poet and activist, Amanda Gorman.

As we were exhaling a collective sigh of relief at the changing of the guards, Ms. Gorman stepped up to the podium and made us all catch our breath again. As she delivered her poem, ‘The Hill We Climb,’ it was like she carved a space of rarefied air for us all to breathe in. It was a space of lightness, hope, and unity that had been shut for so long.

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While I’ll leave any further analysis and significance of her poem to the literati and politicos, Ms. Gorman’s clothing told a visual story that was easy for anyone watching to interpret. Even those whose vision was blurred because they were sobbing buckets of tears. She was a messenger of hope in her bright yellow coat, literally embodying a new dawn.

Amanda Gorman delivered an original poem to honor first responders at the 2021 Super Bowl opening ceremony. Photo Credit: Vanity Fair.

Gorman herself told Vogue, “I am weaving my own type of symbolism into my outfit” and she loves fashion “because it has so much meaning to me, and it’s my way to lean into the history that came before me and all the people supporting me.”

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Her look, like her poetry is transcendent and surprisingly accessible. Ahead, we picked out 12 accessories, coats, dresses and tops that will help you channel Amanda Gorman’s iconic style.

Amanda Gorman at the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

12 ways to channel the vibrant style of poet Amanda Gorman

1. eugenia kim headband

Can we talk about the red headband? Gorman turned a historically preppy accessory into a veritable crown of glory. This version is from one of our favorite luxury milliners, Eugenia Kim. In fact, Eugenia Kim was so inspired by the inauguration fashion that she plans to launch a capsule collection inspired by all the gorgeous colors on stage that day.

style of poet Amanda Gorman

How to dress in the style of poet Amanda Gorman: Eugenia Kim Headband. Courtesy Photo.

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2. mackage coat

In a post prior to the inauguration, we forecasted that First Lady Jill Biden might wear a yellow Gabriela Hearst coat to signify a new day. Turns out, it was the perfect choice for the ray of light that is our inaugural poet. After the event, Lyst reported a 1,328 percent overnight spike in “yellow coats.” This gorgeous version from Mackage is made with soft, double face wool and comes with an optional belt.

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Amanda Gorman’s fashion in luxury outfits: Mackage Coat. Courtesy Photo.

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3. rosie assoulin jacquard blazer

At the Superbowl, Gorman rocked another statement coat — this time, a pearl and gemstone studded Moschino in icy blue. We found this floral damask Rosie Assoulin blazer that has a similar, luxurious texture to throw over a t-shirt and look instantly polished for that Zoom conference call.

style of poet Amanda Gorman

How to dress in the style of poet Amanda Gorman: Rosie Assoulin Jacquard Blazer. Courtesy Photo.

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4. jennifer behr headband

The real winner of the Super Bowl? Gorman’s pearl headband. We love this Jennifer Behr headpiece with alternating rows of imitation pearls and crystals for an equally opulent look.

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Amanda Gorman’s fashion in luxury outfits: Jennifer Behr Headband. Courtesy Photo.

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5. erdem floral cotton dress

Gorman manages to make florals look youthful and elevated at the same time. In an interview in Harper’s Bazaar, she says, “I love loud, regal-looking dresses embroidered with flowers—a nod, I think, to my Afro–flower-child upbringing in Los Angeles.” Erdem’s frock pairs Regency-style florals with trendy, voluminous sleeves and a flounced hem for whimsy.

How to dress in the style of poet Amanda Gorman: Erdem Floral Cotton Dress. Courtesy Photo.

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6. khiry hoops

When Gorman graced the cover of Time Magazine, she wore earrings from Jameel Mohammed’s Afrofuturist luxury jewelry brand, Khiry. The brand was founded to channel the beauty, art, heritage and culture of the African diaspora — like these embellished hoops.

Amanda Gorman’s fashion in luxury outfits: Khiry Hoops. Courtesy Photo.

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7. greta constantine gown

On that same Time cover, Gorman appears in her signature color — a glorious yellow Greta Constantine gown. The Canadian brand based in Toronto, is helmed by designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill. Unlike her Prada and Moschino coat, you can buy actually but this one off the rack.

How to dress in the style of poet Amanda Gorman: Greta Constantine Gown. Courtesy Photo.

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8. liu jo blouse

There’s always an added element of texture and embellishment to her ensembles. The perfect accent to a crisp white top is a neckline of smoky black crystals. One and done so you can go write a poem of your own.

Amanda Gorman’s fashion in luxury outfits: Liu Jo Blouse. Courtesy Photo.

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9. zimmerman wrap mini dress

For an appearance at Black Girls Rock! in 2018, Gorman rocked a slinky orange dress with cherry red pumps. We wouldn’t expect anything less. Zimmerman’s wrap dress has the same sexy and sophisticated vibe with an asymmetric hem.

How to dress in the style of poet Amanda Gorman: Zimmerman Wrap Mini Dress. Courtesy Photo.

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10. eva franco tulle skirt

This dreamy tulle skirt with a celestial sequin pattern from Anthropologie is a nod to the ethereal and illuminating way the poet delivers her words.  It is also reminiscent of the pale sheer pink Prada dress she wore to the American Black Film Festival.

Amanda Gorman’s fashion in luxury outfits: Eva Franco Tulle Skirt. Courtesy Photo.

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11. prada re-nylon backpack

Prada’s plan to use only recycled nylon in its products go into effect this year. In a 2019 Teen Vogue article, Gorman, who was a reporter for the Italian fashion label, traveled to the Slovenian production plant where used carpets, old fishing nets, and other collected trash were being remade into nylon. This backpack is part of that collection which seeks to offer a solution to our climate emergency.

How to dress in the style of poet Amanda Gorman: Prada Re-Nylon Backpack. Courtesy Photo.

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12. velvet cashmere sweater

If a new coat or gown isn’t the practical choice right now, you can still channel her bold, optimistic outlook with a cozy sweater in a clash-happy red and pink colorblock design.

Amanda Gorman’s fashion in luxury outfits: Velvet Cashmere Sweater. Courtesy Photo.

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12 ways to channel the vibrant style of poet Amanda Gorman

There you have it —all the pieces you need in your wardrobe to go forth and conquer the world like Amanda Gorman!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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