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First Lady fashion: Melania Trump's work wardrobe

Danielle Fowler
Yahoo Style UK

Whether you agree with her husband’s political stance or not, there is no denying Melania Trump‘s global fashion status.

The 48-year-old’s first year at the White House was the perfect opportunity for the First Lady to flex her sartorial muscles, as she has tackled the art of diplomatic dressing with ease.

Although the odds were certainly against her – many designers refused to dress her when Donald Trump was first elected as President of the United States – the former model has gone on to deliver some seriously covetable looks.

Whether she’s disembarking from Air Force One or playing host to some of the world’s biggest political players, Melania certainly knows how to grace the headlines.

From that power-shoulder Emilio Pucci coat to the totally bewildering super-sized hat she donned for Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron’s debut official state visit, these are her most talked about looks to date.

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27 August 2018

Melania Trump stood next to the wife of President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, as the FLOTUS welcomed the leaders to the White House with her husband. For the occassion, she wore a £3,100 Valentino skirt and four-inch Louboutin heels. This outfit choice was amusing to some, especially as part of the days activities included a spot of gardening on the White House lawn.
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19 August 2018

Crossing the White House lawn with her husband, the President, and son, Baron, Melanie kept it casual in white skinny jeans and a bright green poloneck jumper.
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27 July 2018

On 27 July, Melania Trump dressed in head-to-toe white opting for a pair of straight cut jeans and a shirt with rolled up sleeves. For a pop of colour, the First Lady accessorised the look with a pair of her go-to Manolo Blahnik BB pump in punchy yellow with a co-ordinating handbag in tow. [Photo: Getty]

24 July 2018

The First Lady opted for a sleeveless dress and co-ordinating accessories for a trip to a children’s hospital as part of her ‘Be Best’ campaign. [Photo: Getty]

22 July 2018

After a weekend spent at Donald Trump’s National Golf Club in New Jersey, Melania headed back to the White House in a £150 pinstripe Ralph Lauren dress teamed with Manolo Blahnik heels. [Photo: Getty]

18 July 2018

The presidential couple departed the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews on 18 July. For the engagement, Melania opted for a navy-hued skirt suit. [Photo: Getty]

16 July 2018

Melania joined her husband for his trip to Helsinki to meet Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and his wife, poet Jenni Haukio, opting for a lemon yellow Gucci coat costing £2,786.
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14 July 2018

To meet the Queen, Melania opted for a respectful pale pink blazer and skirt from Christian Dior, along with a brown belt, and Christian Louboutin pumps. [Photo: Getty]

14 July 2018

Melania made a diplomatic choice for to visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea wearing a block-colour dress by British designer Victoria Beckham. [Photo: Getty]

13 July 2018

For a dinner with Theresa May at Blenhiem Palace, Melania turned heads in a stunning lemon yellow J.Mendel gown costing £5000.
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13 July 2018

Stepping off the plane in England for the Trumps’ tour of the UK, Melania played it safe in a form-fitting midi dress by Roland Mouret. [Photo: Getty]

11 July 2018

For a meeting with state officials, including the French President and his wife, Melania decided on a navy blue dress by Calvin Klein which featured detail at the neck.
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11 July 2018

Pictured at Parc du Cinquantenaire in Belgium, Melania wore a sheer, appliqued Elie Saab dress with nude heels.
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10 July 2018

Arriving in Belgium for a tour of Europe, Melania Trump stepped off the plane beside the President wearing a £1,510 Burberry trench coat, buttoned right up to the neck.
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8 July 2018

Crossing the South Lawn of the White House residence after spending the weekend away, Melania Trump wore a cotton printed midi-dress from Kasia retailing for £970. [Photo: Getty]

4 July 2018

Melania Trump‘s outfit for the annual White House Fourth of July picnic was as American as it gets. The first lady, who joined President Trump in hosting military families for fireworks and food, wore a floor-length dress by Ralph Lauren costing £2,112. She decorated the look in patriotic red by addition of a red belt at the waist. [Photo: Getty]

21 June 2018

First lady Melania Trump arrived at Andrews Air Force Base after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center for migrant children wearing a khaki jacket reading the slogan “I don’t really care. Do u?”. Undertsandably, the jacket was seen as tone-deaf and backlash ensued online. [Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik]

19 June 2018

Standing alongside her husband, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain for the Spanish royal visit, Melania wore a stunning Valentino olive green dress with intricate white floral embroidery, accessoritisng with a white crocodile belt and Manolo Blahniks.
[Photo: Getty]

7 May 2018

Speaking to crowds in front of the White House in May 2018, Melania opted for a white pencil skirt and a tan brown leather Ralph Lauren jacket worth £4,436. She completed the look with white Christian Louboutin heels (not pictured). [Photo: Getty]

24 April 2018

For her debut state dinner at the White House, Melania Trump donned a sheer-effect dress hot from the runway. Perhaps a subtle tribute to French guests Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron, the First Lady donned a Chanel haute couture gown. Meanwhile, Brigitte opted for custom Louis Vuitton. [Photo: Getty]

24 April 2018

On the second day of the official state visit, Melania Trump graced the headlines with a talking point of an outfit. To colour co-ordinate with her Michael Kors skirt suit, she accessorised with a supersized hat by Hervé Pierre. [Photo: Getty]

23 April 2018

For the French couple’s three-day visit to the White House, Melania Trump opted for a cape-like dress by Givenchy with co-ordinating Christian Louboutin heels. [Photo: Getty]

18 April 2018

For the second day of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe’s visit to the White House visit, Melania Trump dressed in a forest green shirt dress in Palm Beach. [Photo: Getty]

17 April 2018

To mark the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe’s visit to the White House, Melania Trump donned a cold-shoulder midi dress by Carolina Herrera. [Photo: Getty]

2 April 2018

For the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, Melania kept warm in a powder blue Burberry coat which weighs in at £1,795. [Photo: Getty]

23 March 2018

For the annual International Women of Courage Awards, Melania Trump donned a co-ordinating suit by Emilio Pucci. [Photo: Getty]

17 March 2018

To mark St Patrick’s Day, the First Lady celebrated in a vivid green Brandon Maxwell dress. On the holiday, the presidential couple welcomed Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar. [Photo: Getty]

5 March 2018

On 5 March, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the White House and for the occasion, Melania donned a sky blue coat by Max Mara. [Photo: Getty]

25 February 2018

For the Governor’s Ball, Melania opted for a lace Dolce and Gabbana dress. [Photo: Getty]

5 February 2018

For a trip to Ohio with Donald Trump, Melania dressed in canary yellow. The coat draped over her shoulders is courtesy of Ralph Lauren which she teamed with a leather skirt by Hervé Pierre. [Photo: Getty]

30 January 2018

Social media went into overdrive when Melania Trump arrived at the State of the Union address. Her cream-hued Dior suit accessorised with a Dolce and Gabbana shirt immediately sparked debate, as it was undoubtedly much more than a standard outfit choice.
The First Lady seemingly drew reference to Hillary Clinton’s famous white suit and eagle-eyed social media users claimed it was a sartorial tribute to the feminist muse. And maybe just maybe, a dig at misogynistic Donald Trump. [Photo: Getty]

7 November 2017

For the Trump trip to South Korea, Melania chose to wear a headline-grabbing maroon coat by Emilio Pucci. [Photo: Getty]

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