There’s no denying that Amanda Gorman stole the show on Inauguration Day. The 22-year-old poet wowed everyone when she read her piece “The Hill We Climb” with poise, and in a look that inspires joy and optimism. The last lines particularly resonate with me, “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” At a time when the nation is wrestling with loss as a result of the pandemic and the previous administration, Gorman’s performance lifted our spirits while her choice of a bright yellow coat embodied the very sunshine many of us long to see.
It’s no surprise that the very same day, people searched for yellow coats en masse—leading to a 1,328 percent surge in traffic according to fashion search engine Lyst. Why yes, we were definitely part of that group because her stellar performance and Inauguration look will forever be in our minds. We’re sharing 10 equally chic yellow coats inspired by the youth poet laureate for you to channel your inner performance artist and make a lasting impression.