Melania Trump Wears Move-In Chic for Her White House Arrival (JUNE 12, 2017)
The First Lady traded in her usual uniform of knee-length dresses for the occasion.
Melania and Barron Trump have at long last arrived in Washington, D.C. to take up residence in the White House. They probably didn’t do any heavy lifting themselves, but they still dressed casually on the day of the big move. Barron wore a J.Crew T-shirt with what Twitter construed as a loaded statement (“The Expert”), and his mother donned a similarly casual look—well, the Melania Trump version of move-in chic. She opted for a pair of tan wide-legged pants by Bally along with a white Dolce & Gabbana tank. On her feet were Manolo Blahnik heels (surely the easiest shoes for traipsing across the South Lawn), and she carried an Hermès Birkin bag. Really, though, it’s all about those pants, an increasingly go-to sartorial choice for the First Lady.
On May 12, Trump wore a pair of high-waisted, flared Ralph Lauren trousers that featured buttons around the hips at an event for military mothers on National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The cut of the pants and adorning buttons were seen as an homage to servicemen and women. She again wore pants—in the form of flared culottes—on Air Force One following her first official foreign trip as First Lady at the end of May.
Trump has shown an affinity for flared pants throughout her time on the campaign trail and as First Lady. In February she welcomed the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to Mar-a-Lago wearing a Michael Kors outfit featuring bright white pants in her preferred cut. Her most memorable outfit involving a pair of pants was her hot-pink Gucci pussy-bow blouse and matching trousers worn during the second presidential debate, which was interpreted as both a feminist statement and a comment on her husband’s remarks in the Access Hollywood recording obtained by The Washington Post.
Melania Trump’s move-in pants may not have been a political statement like some of her other trousers, but the First Lady seems be slowly learning that her choice of clothing carries a message beyond just looking the part.