It stands to reason that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Melania Trump throughout the year. If Donald Trump claims the Republican nomination, her calendar will instantly fill with campaigning stops and events, necessitating a wardrobe ready to face the cameras. The political events she’s attended thus far have given us a glimpse of what to expect, style-wise—lots of sleek lines and monochrome ensembles—and it’s par for the course.
“Melania is elegant and simple. Not flashy, but rich,” a source told the New York Daily News, adding that she’d support American designers and default to “muted” outfits.
The one-color look has been big for the campaign stops we’ve seen Melania at so far. At a caucus watch party in Iowa last month it was a cherry red dress with a matching coat arranged over her shoulders; to sit with Barbara Walters for an interview at the end of last year she picked a pale powder pink, finishing the look with matching pumps. Pretty, timeless, and not polarizing in the least.
Should we be addressing Trump as Mr. President in a few years’ time, we also have some clues for how Melania would approach the more formally dressed engagements of being First Lady. At recent charity galas and red-carpet events she’s picked both timeless silhouettes and bolder, brighter picks that reveal a fashion-friendly side of her.
A decision to support American designers would be well received, though not a huge surprise. Michelle Obama has done so frequently throughout her time in the White House (remember the excitement over her choosing then-emerging designer Jason Wu to create the white gown she wore to the inauguration ball?), and Kate Middleton’s been applauded for her penchant for British labels. For the Trumps, picking styles designed in the U.S.A. might be even more important. The candidate has drawn criticism in the past for his branded goods being produced in China, and onlookers would likely be quick to call out any additional support of overseas labels.
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