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Happy birthday Melania Trump: 5 style lessons from the US First Lady’s fashion picks

Melania Trump’s sartorial choices never fail to grab eyeballs, and for the right reasons! As the fashionable First Lady of US turns 47 today, here are style tips from some of her public appearances.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 29, 2017 12:07 IST
Etti Bali
Here are some style lessons from birthday girl Melania Trump.
Here are some style lessons from birthday girl Melania Trump.

US First Lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe has been the centre of discussions ever since her husband, Donald Trump was sworn in as the President of USA. Be it her sky blue, double-faced cashmere jacket from Ralph Lauren or the more recent black, sequined suit by Michael Kors, she continues to set fashion goals.

On her 47th birthday today, we raise a toast to her sartorial choices. Our fashion frat, too, gives Melania’s style a thumbs up. “She is one of the most stunning First Ladies ever around the world. She has been wearing her clothes quite well. The way she dresses up reminds me of the powerful Robin Wright from the House of Cards. Melania’s style is pretty cool,” says designer Nikhil Mehra. On being asked how he would like to dress her up, Mehra says, “I’d make a bandhgala, but in a more feminine manner, with well-fitted, slim-cut trousers. The bandhgala would have interesting coin buttons. I might even put a slight drape just to layer it.”

Though dresses that are cinched at the waist seem more like Melania’s style, other looks are also “well-planned out,” says designer Anand Bhushan. “She is so perfectly turned out at every event. My favourite look of hers would be the one at the Presidential inauguration, where she channelled a very contemporary Jackie O (Jacqueline Kennedy). I love the bodycon dresses she wears, her shoe choices are absolutely fabulous, her makeup is bang on,” adds Bhushan, who “would love to see Melania in Indian textiles, but a contemporary silhouette.”

Designer Rina Dhaka, however, feels the US First Lady is a safe dresser and stays away from experimenting. “Melania is a classic safe dresser. She doesn’t make mistakes too, but she is not pushing the edge by going for the unknown [either]. She will do subtle changes of fashion like that pale blue dress of hers (referring to the dress she wore to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration). Bill Clinton was gawking at her...she must have looked fabulous,” says Dhaka, who believes Melania can wear any of her designs. “She will look fab in them,” adds the designer.

HERE ARE 5 STYLE LESSONS FROM THE US FIRST LADY’S FASHION PICKS

Look 1: Fit-and-flare is a foolproof look

The custom-made red Alice Roi dress that Melania Trump wore to the White House before flying to Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Melania wore a custom red Alice Roi coatdress to the White House before flying to Palm Beach. The fit-and-flare silhouette (that works for most body types) has become a staple in her wardrobe. She wore it with coordinated gloves and nude pumps. Fashion presses had a field time comparing it with Nancy Reagan’s look from Ronald Reagan’s swearing in ceremony in 1981.

Look 2: A simple accessory can spice up a plain outfit

The First Lady wore a deep blue belted jumpsuit with a floral scarf to the Bak Middle School of Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. This goes on to show how even a simple scarf can break the monotony of a plain jumpsuit.

(L) The form-fitting emerald dress is cinched at the waist with a skinny black belt. (R) Melania Trump wore a deep blue jumpsuit on her visit to Bak Middle School of Arts. (Doug Mills/The New York Times ; AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Look 3: Match belt with shoes for a no-nonsense look

She met Queen Rania of Jordan in this form-fitting emerald dress with sky-high stilettos. The Hervé Pierre is a refreshing break from her signature whites and reds. A skinny black belt cinches her waist and the pleats bring an element of flair to the formal attire. She matched her belt with her shoes that added elegance to the look.

Look 4: Diplomatic style: Dress for the occasion

Melania Trump wore a red Valentino dress with embossed daisies and floral pointy toes on her meeting with the Chinese President and his wife. Red is a symbolic colour in Chinese culture, representing happiness and good luck.

(L) The red Valentino dress has applique daisies on crepe fabric. (R) The bright peach stilettos added the perfect pop of colour to the simple white dress. (AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON ; AP)

Look 5: Add a pop of colour with your shoes

The belted white dress, paired with a golden belt made for an easy-breezy statement as the First Lady stepped out at the airbase in Washington, US. Her bright peach stilettos added the perfect pop of colour to the simple white dress. A pair of oversized black sunnies completed the casual look.