Melania Trump's Most Talked About Looks
Fact: What the First Lady of the United States wears is culturally significant. Don’t think so? Take into account that the American government has placed some of their most iconic gowns in the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Their styles also defined the eras during which they served. Jacqueline Kennedy is famously remembered for her pillbox hats while Betty Ford did the ‘70s in color; Hillary Clinton owned the pantsuit, and Michelle Obama redefined First Lady style with frequently exposed shoulders and affordable dresses.
Which brings us to Melania Trump, one of the White House’s most polarizing figures. Trump's sartorial choices make headlines time and time again, as the media scrupulously chronicles every dress, hat, and statement jacket. (As they did for the looks of every other first lady before her.)
Early on, Melania made it clear that she wasn’t necessarily looking to speak to the common woman, turning to pricey, custom looks like a blue Ralph Lauren coat or an Hervé Pierre gown (over Inauguration weekend), not to mention the $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana coat she wore for a visit to Italy. With her fashion, the First Lady invariably sends a message—though it’s not always a clear one.
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Some of Melania's most memorable looks are shrouded in controversy. For example, before departing Washington, D.C. to visit the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston in August 2017, she faced waves of backlash for boarding the plane in a set of sky-high black Manolo Blahnik heels. And most recently, she faced criticism for sporting a $39 Zara coat that read, “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” before visiting an immigrant children’s detention center in McAllen, Texas. Maybe she should stay clear of the Lone Star State?
One thing's for sure—Melania's outfits are never boring. Here's a look back at her memorable ensembles as FLOTUS.
in a $39 Zara military trench coat with the message, "I Really Don't Care. Do U?" on the back. The First Lady wore it while departing Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for McAllen, Texas, where she arrived for a visit to an immigrant children's detention center.
in a floral Valentino dress to welcome Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House. The pre-scheduled visit took place at the height of the immigration crisis that resulted from President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.
in a beige trench coat for her first public appearance (at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington D.C.) after undergoing surgery for a benign kidney condition in early May 2018.
in a belted Ralph Lauren trench coat to introduce her "Be Best" campaign at the White House.
in a black Givenchy dress with a cape and Christian Louboutin shoes for a pre-State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron.
in custom Chanel for her and President Donald Trump's first State Dinner, welcoming President and First Lady of France Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron.
in a $2,195 Michael Kors blazer with a belt and matching pencil skirt plus a massive custom Hervé Pierre hat for French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron's White House arrival. Hard not to notice, the hat was compared to something Scandal's Olivia Pope would wear by many on social media.
in a light blue trench coat with black buttons and a black long-sleeve T-shirt, black pants, and matching boots at the 2018 Easter Egg Roll. Despite the pastel coat, her all-black look beneath it was an odd choice for Easter celebrations. The event came after news of Donald Trump's alleged affair with Stormy Daniels made headlines.
in a black dress at Barbara Bush's funeral service in Houston, where she was photographed smiling and laughing with Barack Obama.
in a green, cheetah-print Brandon Maxwell sheath with snakeskin Christian Louboutin pumps for St. Patrick's Day with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House. The year before, she skipped the festivities and wore a red coatdress.
in a Dior pantsuit with a Dolce & Gabbana blouse and Christian Louboutin stilettos at the State of the Union address.
in a Chanel coatdress and Christian Louboutin pumps at the White House Christmas tree lighting.
in a Prada peacoat, tan pants, and boots at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. for a Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign event.
in knee-high brown boots, army pants, and a Rag & Bone puffer to meet with military officials and Hurricane Harvey first responders in the hangar at Corpus Christi International Airport. Despite the backlash she received for originally wearing stiletto heels before visiting Houston, Trump once again wore a not-so-subtle shoe.
in a multi-colored striped Fendi coat for a visit to Japan.
in a black turtleneck, Azzedine Alaïa belt, and black coat with beige flats for a trip to the Great Wall of China.
in a $4,000 dark plum Delpozo cape coat with structural sleeves for a visit to South Korea.
in a knee-length belted Emilio Pucci coat with Christian Louboutin pumps ahead of an 11-day tour of Asia.
in pointed-toe pumps with a red long-sleeve top tucked into a brown high-waist leather skirt with a multicolored coat at the White House lawn to pardon turkeys for Thanksgiving.
in a long-sleeve black shirt under an oversize gray wool Acne Studios turtleneck sweater at the White House.
in camel-colored, double-breasted Bottega Veneta wool coat for Halloween at the White House.
in a pinstripe Ralph Lauren Collection suit to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire, at the White House.
in a bright green belted Cefinn shirtdress and Christian Louboutin stilettos for a visit to an addiction recovery center for infants in West Virginia.
in Alexander McQueen to meet Thailand's prime minister and first lady, Prayut Chan-o-cha and Madame Naraporn Chan-ocha, at the White House.
in a white shirt, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, and a black FLOTUS hat.
in a Victoria Beckham turtleneck sweater before boarding Marine One to visit Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
in white jeans, a T-shirt, army jacket, and Timberland boots for her visit to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
in Monique Lhuillier for the White House Historical Association Dinner.
in a green bombet jacket, black top, and matching pants with aviator sunglasses and Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels at the White House before departing to visit Houston after Hurricane Harvey. The First Lady received criticism for her footwear, which people pointed out was a pretty impractical and tone-deaf choice for a trip to visit an area experiencing mass flooding.
in a white shirt with Altuzarra pencil skirt and Christian Louboutin heels for Fourth of July weekend.
in an emerald Diane von Furstenberg trench coat for a visit to Poland.