Melania Trump's Inauguration Day Outfit: Incoming first lady channels Jackie Kennedy

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrives for a church service at St. Johns Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on Donald Trump's inauguration day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrives for a church service at St. Johns Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on Donald Trump's inauguration day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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For her first fashion statement as soon-to-be first lady at the 2017 inauguration, Melania Trump opted for a light blue dress and jacket with an exaggerated neckline designed by Ralph Lauren, with matching shoes and gloves for the morning prayer service in Washington, D.C.

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive for a church service at St. Johns Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on Donald Trump's inauguration day.
Source: Alex Brandon/AP
President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive for a church service at St. Johns Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on Donald Trump's inauguration day.
Source: Alex Brandon/AP
President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania, accompanied by their Secret Service detail, arrive for a church service at St. Johns Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on Donald Trump's inauguration day.
Source: Alex Brandon/AP
President-elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive at church on Friday morning.
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“With the historic swearing-in of her husband, Donald J. Trump, as the 45th president of the United States, the first lady-elect will become America’s new first lady wearing an American designer who transformed American fashion, Ralph Lauren,” a Ralph Lauren spokesperson told Women's Wear Daily

The look itself was elegant and reminiscent of what first ladies have worn in the past on Inauguration Day, especially Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who was the first person some people thought of when they saw the ensemble. 

The look was, in fact, similar right down to the color of Kennedy's ensemble to the 1961 inauguration. 

Jackie Kennedy at the 1961 inauguration (L) and Melania Trump on the morning of the 2017 inauguration (R)
Source: Getty Images/AP images

With the matching gloves and shoes, the outfit also looked reminiscent of Michelle Obama's ensemble at the 2009 inauguration, when she wore Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, green from head to toe. 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in 2009
Source: Pool/Getty Images

And as with many first ladies before her, Trump chose an American designer, like Obama in 2009 and Laura Bush, who wore Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican-American designer, to the swearing-in ceremony in 2005. In 2013, Obama mixed it up a bit, choosing American designer Thom Browne for the dress and coat.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in 2013
Source: Charles Dharapak/AP

With a look that already recalls first lades of the past, Trump seems to know exactly what she's doing. 

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Rachel Lubitz

Rachel is a senior Style writer at Mic. She previously worked for The Washington Post's Style section for more than three years. Feel free to contact her at rachel@mic.com.

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