Style secrets of Melania Trump
With chic tailored outfits, signature stilettoes and fashionable accessories, the First Lady is proving herself a force to be reckoned with in the style stakes.
Since he became the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has frequently been the centre of worldwide attention – very often for all the wrong reasons. But his wife, Melania has been quietly making an impact of her own, and her glamorous, impeccably turned out appearance is prompting the fashion world to ask if Melania Trump could be America’s most stylish First Lady.
When it comes to style and fashion, Melania Trump certainly has pedigree. Prior to meeting Donald Trump she worked as a fashion model, modelling for well-known fashion houses in Paris, Milan and New York and appearing on the cover of a range of fashion magazines, including Philadelphia Style, Vanity Fair and Vogue. So she certainly has an insight into high-end couture, not to mention plenty of high profile designers falling over themselves to dress her.
Melania has always been glamorous, but her pre-FLOTUS style edged more towards, high slit dresses, plunging necklines and expensive furs. However, on the campaign trail and beyond, her style has evolved, presenting a more sophisticated yet still eye-catching look that is perfectly suited to the high profile role of First Lady.
Melania knows what looks good on her, and shows off her enviable figure with strongly tailored pieces, and fit and flare dresses that emphasise her lean limbs and slim waist. Coat-dresses, with their combination of strong tailoring and delicate silhouette are also a firm favourite of Mrs Trump and she has been pictured in several different designs, including a cute gingham number.
When it comes to colour, the First Lady tends to stick to monochrome palettes and block colour, as evidenced by her much-admired powder blue inauguration outfit, a Stella McCartney black jumpsuit worn on a visit to Saudi Arabia, and the vibrant red dress she wore to a dinner with the President of China and his wife.
Monochrome outfits can run the risk of being boring, but Melania is an expert at adding interest with accessories, particularly Italian fashion accessories, such as patterned silk scarves, eye-catching jewellery, oversized Gucci shades and, of course, her signature stilettoes which add even more height to her 5 foot 9 frame.
It’s undeniable that Melania is incredibly stylish, but when it comes to taking the title of ‘most stylish First Lady’, she faces some stiff competition. One of her biggest competitors is arguably her immediate predecessor, Michelle Obama. During her time as First Lady, Michelle frequently won praise for her sense of style, particularly her trademark sleeveless look, and was well-known for supporting up and coming American designers (in contrast to Melania, who tends to wear international designers such as Dior, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana). And then, of course, there’s the inimitable Jackie Kennedy – the ultimate First Lady style icon whose timeless, elegant look Melania channelled so effectively at the presidential inauguration ceremony.
We are still in the infancy of Donald Trump’s presidency so it may be a little premature to award Melania Trump the title of ‘most stylish First Lady’ just yet. However, she’s taking stylish strides in the right direction and is certainly a strong contender for the First Lady fashion crown.