Biden’s historical inauguration ceremony had everyone pulling out their genuine smiles, uplifting spirits, and polished outfits, of course.

Jill Biden set the tone as the first lady with a custom look with shades of blue to "signify trust, confidence, and stability." Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in while wearing a stunning purple ensemble by two young and talented Black designers. And Michelle Obama wowed everyone with a head-to-toe plum and burgundy outfit by Sergio Hudson.

But it’s not them who won the hearts of the internet. The veteran Senator Bernie Sanders sported an exceptionally casual look with huge woolen mittens, his staple winter jacket, and a standard blue surgical mask. Bernie surely meant to keep it practical as the cold wind was blowing on the momentous day.

The look was instantly dubbed ‘iconic,’ with many totally relating to Bernie's low-key effort and simplicity. The hand-warming choice also stole the spotlight in the inauguration meme game, and here are the funniest reactions people have tweeted.

Image credits: Brendan Smialowski

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Bernie fits there perfectly, he's the working man's and woman's guy.

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Naima Ebiche
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1 month ago

Yes, yes absolutely. Access to healthcare for all

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Iggy
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1 month ago

Arahahahahaahaaha!

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To find out more about why exactly Bernie Sanders stole the inauguration day and became a viral legend for an outfit that doesn’t look exactly like the most fashionable one out there, Bored Panda reached out to Lina Survila. Lina is the editor in chief at Abstract Stylist news blog that serves as a modern-day guide to fashion, culture, and alternative lifestyle.

“Did Bernie Sanders' outfit matter, and if so, why? Yes! Fashion practically stole the inauguration day. And apparently, the internet thinks Bernie did the best job out there.”

Lina believes that Bernie's look’s indisputable success has to with his very own “eye-catching moment in the context of statement outfits.” “Bernie did the same as others at the ceremony, but in his very own way,” she said.

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Lou Hetzer
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1 month ago

This is absolutely brilliant.

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Iggy
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1 month ago

I love this one!

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Actually, he is old enough to historically fit in :-D

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The question remains whether to steal the spotlight was his intention, and knowing Bernie and his practical, simple, and authentic ways of going out and about in this world, the probable answer would be negative. After all, he’s the (hu)man of humans.

“I think this outfit mirrors how many Americans feel. It is everything anyone could wear with a twist,” Lina explained. “Why do we relate to Bernie and not Lady Gaga? We all just want to sit there like Bernie and wait while this pandemic passes.”

And when it comes to those huge, cute mittens, Lina calls them “the cherry on top” of his casual inauguration look. “These mittens were made by teacher Jen Ellis that Bernie got as a gift from her,” Lina said and added: “How many celebrities (if I could call him that) actually wear something people gift to them?” This, of course, makes the whole look even more sentimental and Bernie-like, and this is precisely what’s been stealing people's hearts.

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Giant mittens - perfect for when you have to post some mail AND attend a presidential inauguration!

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Weekend at Burnie's 2: Capitol Coup.

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Oh, here it is 馃榿 just missing a box of chocolates.

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It turns out, Bernie’s viral mittens have a very heartwarming story. The Buzzfeed News political reporter Ruby Cramer wrote on her Twitter that they were made by a teacher, Jen Ellis, from Essex Junction, Vermont.

According to her tweet, the teacher “gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail.” Plus, the mittens are a perfect example of sustainable fashion! “They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles,” Cramer said.

When asked what Bernie thinks of the whole stir his inauguration outfit has caused, the veteran senator had a likewise simple reply. “In Vermont, we dress warm... and we're not so concerned about good fashion. We want to keep warm. And that's what I did today." No wonder so many people are totally relating to his 'iconic,' yet extremely low-key look.

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Great. I would love to see one with Forrest Gump and a box of chocolates.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Becoming an internet meme? Priceless.

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Horse lover
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1 month ago

Look at that look on Tr*mps face, what a diaper baby

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Panda Kicki
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1 month ago

Put a hat on Bernie, all the heat goes out!

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You are Beautiful (He,Him)
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1 month ago

2 mil likes???????? WOW!

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

i cannot unsee it :D

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RavenClaw
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1 month ago

Bernie's me on a roller coaster.

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The Bi Enderman
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1 month ago

This one looks so real!

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TiredMomma
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1 month ago

Me in my 30's is more like it.

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Anna2010
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1 month ago

coincidence i think not

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Jay and silent bob!!!!!!

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GenXandEarnedItAll
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1 month ago

80's girl here...best movie of my formative years.

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Bisexual bean
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1 month ago

I mean, this is fine, i guess

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GenXandEarnedItAll
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1 month ago

He took her hat!

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Cooper Schultz
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1 month ago

This is a comment holder for when I think of something funny later

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Purr路maid
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1 month ago

Damn baby got back!

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Conrad Strucker
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1 month ago

when she wants you but you only want medicare for all

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Wendillon
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1 month ago

Well it is a very nice jacket

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Purr路maid
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1 month ago

I cannot express how much better it looks with that man sitting there. (Not talking about Bernie.)

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1 month ago

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Um...it was 70.

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Purr路maid
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1 month ago

Oh no, Bernie is about to tip over.馃ぃ

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Janoel Murrey
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1 month ago

I am once again asking if you want a hotdog

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

You gonna sleep with the fishes for taking this picture.

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RavenClaw
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1 month ago

Open them back up I want to sit with bernie.

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Persephone
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1 month ago

Hahahahaha

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Mae (just add water)
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1 month ago

Me at thanksgiving with the extended fam

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Jelly the Bean
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1 month ago

Nooo! Bernieee!

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Doris Bennett
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1 month ago

They're all free, take one!

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Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Hehe, he鈥檚 the only one wearing a mask!

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Naima Ebiche
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1 month ago

Marina would have reacted to Bernie :)

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Aria Singh
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1 month ago

Is there one with Bernie at a casino??

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