Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE (I-Vt.) is defending his casual inaugural attire that quickly became a viral sensation, saying he was aiming more for warmth than "good fashion."

The former presidential candidate was snapped Wednesday at President BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE's inauguration looking ready for some wintry weather, sporting a gray parka and a pair of sizable, repurposed wool mittens reportedly crafted in his home state. He was also seen holding a mailing envelope.

"In Vermont, we know something about the cold," Sanders said in an interview with CBS News's Gayle KingGayle KingSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Sanders spotted wearing his iconic inauguration look a week later Woman who made Sanders's mittens says she's sold out MORE following the inauguration, "and we're not so concerned about good fashion."


"We want to keep warm. And that's what I did today," Sanders added.

"Mission accomplished," replied King with a laugh.

Twitter users had jumped on Sanders's relaxed inaugural look, with their own hot takes about his cold weather style and his apparently laid-back approach to the formal event.

Sanders, 79, scolded a New York Times reporter in 2015 when asked about part of his appearance. When questioned whether then-fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE's hair garnered more scrutiny than his own, he replied, "When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem."