A year of Melania Trump’s first lady fashion

Feb. 8, 2018

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As first lady, Trump has produced a definable style that is all her own, setting herself apart, fashion-wise, from her predecessor, Michelle Obama.

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In the past year since her husband became president, here’s what we’ve learned about Trump’s style.

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She loves a massive coat.

These coats — so oversized and voluminous — are Trump’s armor.

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Whether they’re draped over her shoulders or encasing her completely, she has an affection for statement coats that nearly overwhelm her.

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She favors a cinched waist.

No matter how voluminous the coat or dress, she makes a point to highlight the narrowest part of her torso.

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It also makes Trump look as if she were sent directly from the ’50s, which is how she looked wearing a Dior suit in Paris.

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She loves red and pink.

One color regularly featured in Trump’s choices is red.

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It’s a good, bold color, of course — and patriotic, too. It’s also a color that was favored by former first lady Nancy Reagan.

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Trump has also appeared in everything from pastel pink and hot pink to fuchsia, which is the shade she wore to the Red Cross Gala.

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As bold as it is undoubtedly feminine, pink fits well with Trump’s overall vibe.

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Oh, but she still loves neutrals.

No matter how often Trump wears red or pink, it’s safe to say she’s still largely loyal to neutrals like khaki, black, gray and white.

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From coats to dresses to sweaters, Trump is at her most comfortable in colors that don’t draw too much attention and let the silhouette speak loudest.

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She is experimenting with patterns.

In the past months, she seems to have gotten braver, with bolder patterns — and even some glitz — popping up in her wardrobe.

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Who could have predicted this outfit in China, with those fur sleeves?

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And who could have expected this disco ball of a dress in Italy?

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She remains loyal to European designers.

Dolce & Gabbana has celebrated Trump wearing its designs, while other designers have vowed to never dress her.

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Another designer Trump seems to have a relationship with is Hervé Pierre.

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She is dedicated to stilettos — for better or for worse.

Now for the essential part of Trump’s uniform: the shoes.

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Her shoes have landed her in controversy, like when she stepped out in stilettos before visiting hurricane survivors in Texas and it was seen as distasteful.

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After a year of analyzing Trump’s fashion, the easiest answer to “Why is she wearing that?” is usually, “Because she she wants to.”

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