President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy attend the inaugural ball Jan. 20, 1961 in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy of Kennedy Library Archives/Newsmakers/Getty

Inauguration Day and inaugural balls are often the public’s first official introduction to the first lady’s style. When Melania Trump officially becomes the first lady on Friday afternoon, the public will formally be introduced to her personal style when she stands alongside Donald Trump as he takes the oath of office and while attending inaugural events, setting the sartorial tone for the next four to eight years.

Trump will be part of a rich but inconsistent history of first ladies that have made a statement with their wardrobe choices. Rosalynn Carter made a case for frugality when she re-wore a gown designed by Mary Matise for Jimmae to the 1977 inauguration. At the time, Carter was criticized for her choice because it was recycled dress worn from two different events, according to Time.

Well before Carter, Jacqueline Kennedy ushered in a modern era and brought glamorous attire to the White House. Immediately after Carter, Nancy Reagan sparked some controversy for donning a lavish gown at a time when the U.S. economy was in a recession.

Some first ladies have opted for a gown or outfit designed by an American designer or brand. Michelle Obama drew attention for raising the profile of lesser known designers. She wore Jason Wu gowns for both inaugural balls.

Colors are also important design features to note. Patriotic colors of red, white, blue and silver were common selections, though Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon both wore yellow gowns. Obama wore a red gown and a white gown for the 2013 inauguration and 2009 inauguration, respectively. Red is traditionally associated with strength, courage and passion, while white is commonly associated with purity and innocence.

In regards to politics, color has been used as a tool to influence, according to Live Science. The outlet published a study that determined that red drew greater attention and that blue boosted one's ability "to think creatively."

Laura Bush wore a silver gown and a red gown for two inaugurations.

Hillary Clinton wore a golden, bejeweled creation from Oscar de la Renta. She wore a dress in a similar, high-neck, long-sleeved style, but in a deep blue.

Prior to that, former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower donned a pink gown, while Elizabeth Truman wore a black velvet gown, which would have reflected the sobering era with the U.S. just coming out of World War II.

From Kennedy to Obama, a glimpse at FLOTUS inaugural fashion shows a wide variety of attire.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet the crowd at the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural Ball Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center on Jan. 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Obama became the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush wave upon arriving to the Freedom Ball celebrating Bush's second term inaugural Jan. 20, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
U.S. President George W. Bush dances with First Lady Laura Bush Jan. 20, 2001 at the Florida Presidential Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Pool Photo/Newsmakers
President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton embrace as they dance at the first inaugural ball of the evening at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, Jan. 20, 1997. STR New/Reuters
President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary dance at the Arkansas Ball on inauguration night, Jan. 20, 1993, in Washington D.C. REUTERS/Win McNamee