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The Best Moments In First Lady Fashion History | President’s Day 2018

It’s the third Monday in February, which can only mean one thing: it’s President’s Day. But what about our lovely First Ladies? Strong, smart and with an impeccable sense of style, we can’t help but think that our First Ladies need more love. To celebrate them, we’ve put together an edit of the most iconic fashion moments in First Lady fashion history…

MELANIA TRUMP

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“I don’t have a nanny. I have a chef, and I have my assistant, and that’s it. I do it myself.” – Melania Trump

Forget President’s Day – it’s all about the style evolution of our First Ladies. Following the Michelle Obama speech scandal and her husband’s controversial Twitter posts, it comes as no surprise that Melania, the wife of Donald Trump, gets a mixed reception. Whatever you think of her, there’s no denying that the current First Lady is a style icon.

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2017 – Ralph Lauren Turtleneck Dress

Marking her very first day as First Lady, Melania Trump stepped out in an icy-blue Ralph Lauren ensemble. Embracing a powerful yet feminine silhouette, with a cornflower blue, cowl-neck dress and matching cropped, origami-style jacket, she looked every inch the sophisticated figure. Melania deviated from her signature blow-out, choosing to wear her hair in a chic updo, continuing the classy vibes of her outfit. Establishing an executive presence, Melania’s look was a perfect fit for the inauguration.

Melania accessorised with powder blue gloves and pointed, stiletto heels, adding a regal, yet fashion-forward, air to her ensemble. Many have commented that the Ralph Lauren, formal jacket and dress combination worn by Melania channels the elegant, refined style of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. We certainly agree!

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MICHELLE OBAMA

Barack & Michelle Obama by Essence Magazine

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued” – Michelle Obama

There’s simply too many iconic fashion moments to choose from for First Lady, Michelle Obama. From demure shift dresses to flouncy, embellished ballgowns, Michelle Obama has done it all – and pulled it off perfectly.

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2016 – Naeem Khan Ballgown

Michelle Obama turned heads at the Phoenix Awards Dinner in a stunning, strapless Naeem Khan maxi gown, featuring a sculptured sweetheart neckline that is cut perfectly for her toned figure, drawn in dramatically at the waist. With a full, flouncy skirt and intricate patterning upon tulle, of hand-painted golden leaves, this ballgown exuded finesse, class and individual style.

It isn’t your classic, princess-style ballgown, however. Granted, it features the regal, full and flouncy skirt – yet the mesh underlay is black and stormy, complementing her black sandals and gemstone jewelry. The First Lady’s fashion choices echo elements of her character: she’s the epitome of grace and poise, yet isn’t afraid to make a statement. It’s power dressing at its finest: show-stopping, inherently feminine yet bold.

It’s no wonder that Barack took a moment to publicly praise his wife at the awards: “I’ve been so blessed to have a wife and a partner on this journey who makes it look so easy and is so strong and so honest and so beautiful and so smart.”

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HILLARY CLINTON

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“In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change.”
Hillary Clinton

It would be short-sighted if we didn’t draw attention to the unique style of Hillary Clinton, this President’s Day. Well-know for her colorful pantsuits and progressive views on women’s rights, Hillary Clinton is one of the most well-established First Ladies in history. She famously became the first American first lady to ever win a public office seat.

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2000 – All-Pink Ensemble

She first sported the bold and beautiful, all-pink ensemble at Bill Clinton’s second inauguration: here she is, three years later at the White House, in a more refined version of her pink coat and matching turtleneck. Famously adept at color-blocking pantsuits, this time she opts for a hot pink pencil skirt with a structured jacket over the top, layering a formal overcoat in the exact same hue over the top. Her hair is shorter and swept back. She wears pearl earrings, accessorising further with nude court shoes and nude suede gloves.

Hillary keeps it classy with a tailored silhouette, yet hints to her femininity with the hot pink hues. It’s a bold and sophisticated statement outfit – a variation of the pink pantsuit that she’s well known for wearing. Masculine tailoring reflects Hillary’s character well: she’s a breaker of boundaries and a strong advocate for women’s rights.

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JACKIE KENNEDY

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“I am a woman above everything else.” – Jackie Kennedy

Jackie routinely honored powerful, fashion classics: styling the belted overcoat, timeless Gucci bags and statement neck-scarves. Arguably, there’s no First Lady more fashionable than Jackie Kennedy. Often seen wearing big designer names and trend-setting for others, she retained a classic, timeless style whilst keeping up with on-trend pieces.

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1971 – Hermès Coat

Here, Jackie steps out in a Hermès scarf, camel trench coat, oversized tortoiseshell shades and a chocolate leather Gucci bag. Jeweled, statement earrings would also be seen often on Jackie Kennedy. She favored a chic and sophisticated color palette, often dressing in neutral shades such as beige, brown and cream. Notably, Jackie’s devotion to the Gucci leather hobo bag prompted the fashion house to rename it “The Jackie”, paying homage to the First Lady. 

Like Hillary Clinton, Jackie also embraced masculine tailoring, seen dressed in rigid blazers by Yves Saint Laurent, double-breasted overcoats and cropped, tailored jackets. The cropped jacket and pencil skirt ensemble was more of a second skin to her, however, as opposed to Hillary’s treasured pantsuit. Jackie also invested time and energy into styling her accessories, adding a touch of glamour to her outfits often, by claiming oversized sunglasses as a fashion staple and relying on flowing, silk scarves to add softness and femininity to her wardrobe.

Maxwell – Scott for Jackie…

There you have it – our round-up of the most stylish First Ladies in celebration of President’s Day. If you’re looking for timeless classics that are built to stand the test of time, try Maxwell – Scott. Shop our Women’s Collection here.