Melania Trump Steps Out of Her Fashion Comfort Zone

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Melania Trump joined her husband on Monday afternoon to greet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House. She stepped outside her sartorial comfort zone, wearing a yellow floor-length, floral dress by Emilio Pucci with a thick belt cinching her waist. The dress was a departure from her usual fashion preferences of knee-length dresses and solid, neutral hues.

This wouldn’t be her first time making headlines for braving a bold print, however. In late May, during her trip abroad with President Trump, she arrived in Sicily wearing a bright floral jacket by Dolce & Gabbana, which reportedly sold for $51,000. The controversial Italian designer, Stefano Gabbana, thanked Trump for wearing the jacket, calling her a #DGwoman.

Melania Trump has been quickly settling into D.C. life since moving to the city full time earlier this month, and she’s already making herself a presence in her husband’s meetings, including yesterday’s with Modi. Last Tuesday she welcomed the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, and his wife, Lorena Castillo Varela. Thus far she hasn’t been using these meetings as opportunities for fashion diplomacy—but there are three-and-a-half years, probably, left to figure that out.

How First Ladies Have Used Fashion for Diplomacy

Michelle Obama At The Inaugural Ball In 2013

Current First Lady Michelle Obama has made a point of supporting upcoming designers, something that she started the moment her husband was sworn into office. “She clearly understands the power of clothes, furthering the careers of many, many American designers,” Pamela Keogh, author of Jackie Style, told Vanity Fair over e-mail. “When she wore Jason Wu to the first inauguration, he was an absolute unknown, and [she] made his career. She also wore him to the second inauguration.”

Photo: By Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.

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