The first lady chooses to step out into the public eye wearing pieces that are seemingly well put together. In fact, every first lady in the history of our country has been under scrutiny of the public when it comes to her wardrobe decisions. First lady Melania Trump is no exception to this rule.
The heated presidential election of 2016 certainly made a splash within the fashion industry — so much that fashion designers were split on whether they would even work with the Trumps. Some designers have faced boycotts if the first lady is seen in their designs.
Trump’s career as a fashion model laid the groundwork for how she has chosen to present herself in her new role at the White House. Much of her style echoes that of European vibrations. Often spotted wearing the likes of couture designers Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, and Givenchy, the Slovenian-born beauty has caused a stir with the price tag of her designer frocks. Here are 15 of her most expensive pieces.
1. Calvin Klein cashmere dress
- Price: $1,995
Trump and Akie Abe, wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, enjoyed a stroll through Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, in February 2017. Trump donned an easygoing white cashmere dress and cardigan for the sunny winter day. The dress, originally priced at $1,995, is now on sale for $498 at Neiman Marcus. Unfortunately, the cardigan is long gone.
Next: Red Valentino for dinner
2. Maison Valentino midi dress
- Price: $5,490
Trump pulled out all the stops with this square-neck red Valentino dress for dinner at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. The first lady’s sassy number of a dress flew off the shelves at Bergdorf’s in no time; however, Neiman Marcus still carries a few for the sale price of $3,294.
Next: Ralph Lauren in the Middle East
3. Ralph Lauren shirtdress
- Price: $1,590
Back in May 2017, Trump chose to forego the traditional headscarf during her trip to Saudi Arabia. While connecting with numerous women and children of the country and surrounding areas, the first lady donned a khaki Ralph Lauren shirtdress that remains available on the designer’s website.
Next: A dreamy Valli eyelet dress at the Children’s National Medical Center
4. Giambattista Valli eyelet dress
- Price: $3,685
The young patients of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., were graced with the presence of the first lady. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Bunny Mellon Healing Garden to the first ladies, Trump wore a classy A-line eyelet dress by Giambattista Valli. Afterward, the dress sold out immediately.
Next: The Dolce & Gabbana coat that caused a stir
5. Dolce & Gabbana coat
- Price: $51,500
In Sicily during the G7 Summit, the first lady stepped out of a vehicle outside of Chierici Palace sporting a Dolce & Gabbana coat that had most of the world’s jaws dropping. Why? The coat retails for $51,500. Nevertheless, if spending an average U.S. household income on a coat tickles your fancy, you’ll need to keep your fingers crossed that more become available.
Next: An eye-turning hot pink coat at the U.N.
6. Delpozo belted coat
- Price: $2,950
In addressing the importance of children being the future of every nation to the United Nations during a luncheon, Trump wore a bright pink belted coat with billowing sleeves. Lucky enough, this wool piece is still available.
Next: The first lady keeps it casual at the White House.
7. Balmain, J Brand, and Converse ensemble
A day in the White House gardens calls for a more casual approach to the first lady’s attire. She chose to sport a plaid shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes while digging around the beds. It’s refreshing to see the first lady in such relatable clothing every now and then.
Next: Elegant Monique Lhuillier for a historical dinner
8. Monique Lhuillier sequined gown
- Price: $7,995
At the White House Historical Association dinner in September 2017, Trump met with the association in a Monique Lhuillier sequined gown. The gown was certainly a head-turner, and remains available for full retail price at Bergdorf Goodman. The even better news? Free shipping and returns.
Next: A non-traditional look for the first lady
9. Raf Simons for Calvin Klein shirt
- Price: $695
Another casual and nontraditional moment of style for the first lady occurred upon her return from Camp David. The Western-inspired shirt is still available at Net-A-Porter.
Next: Trump loves Delpozo.
10. Delpozo sleeveless dress
- Price: $2,650
The Spanish label of Delpozo is showing up over and over with the first lady. She rocked a fun and funky frock while in Poland for her meeting with first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. The piece is still available at Neiman Marcus.
Next: Simplicity in Michael Kors Collection
11. Michael Kors Collection wool dress
- Price: $1,695
The Michael Kors sheath dress worn by the first lady at The White House is an absolute staple piece. This dress is a classic that will never go out of style. It’s available at Saks in both blue and tan.
Next: Red hot Givenchy for a jaunt down to Florida
12. Givenchy dress
- Cape dress: $2,095
In celebration of the International Red Cross Ball, the first lady joined the president for a trip to Palm Beach, Florida. She was photographed wearing flats and a cape dress, and she looked great in the fun ensemble. Limited quantities of the red number are still available over at Far Fetch.
Next: A casual shirt dress for a Camp David visit
13. Gabriela Hurst shirt dress
- Price: $2,047
Located in the hills of Maryland, Camp David is the classic presidential getaway. The first lady rocked a lovely, crisp white shirt dress by Gabriela Hurst during her time there. If you need an extra push to pull the trigger on the classic, it’s on sale at Far Fetch right now for $1,740.
Next: This fun flapper number was perfect for the G20 Summit Concert.
14. Michael Kors Collection flapper dress
- Price: $2,995
What’s more fun than fringe? In Hamburg, Germany, for the G20 Summit concert, the first lady wore an amazing fringed 1920s-esque flapper number. This fun-loving frock must have been a blast to shimmy in.
Next: This bright sunny dress was a twist for the first lady.
15. Emilio Pucci yellow print dress
- Price: $2,160
The president and first lady, dressed in a wildly printed Emilio Pucci maxi dress, recently met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Everyone needs a little color in their lives, so if you want this stunner, Saks still has it.
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