Melania Trump's Casual Looks Only *Appear* Approachable

Michelle Obama in J. Crew this is not…

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In 2008, after wearing a yellow J. Crew ensemble (opens in new tab) on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Michelle Obama caused a surge in sales for the mall brand and solidified herself as a stylish woman of the people. News broke around the same time that Sarah Palin had a $150,000 budget for her campaign wardrobe, setting Obama in stark contrast—and the first lady went on to continue championing affordably-priced wares via her appearances throughout her husband's term.


Fast forward nearly 10 years to First Lady Melania Trump, who, on the occasion of her move to the White House, has started sporting more understated looks than her typically buttoned-up garb—perhaps a strategic move to appear more relatable to voters around the country. But while Melania may be putting a more casual facade forward, it's still not an approachable one.

Returning from Camp David yesterday, the first lady paired khaki-colored jeans and a white denim button-down with a white Céline Luggage Phantom bag (which retails around $3,000) and Manolo Blahnik python sandals ($800):

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Earlier in the weekend at Camp David, she donned a white shirtdress, priced $1,795:

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And on her first official day as a D.C inhabitant, she wore Dolce & Gabbana trousers and a Bally white cotton tee—paired with an approximately $10,000 Hermès Birkin bag:

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While we love a good fashion moment, the first lady's casual looks were, it must be said, a missed opportunity to show the American people that she's mindful of how the other half lives, too.

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Kerry Pieri
Kerry Pieri

Kerry Pieri is Harper's Bazaar's Digital Fashion/Features Director. Kerry oversees the fashion vertical for, including launching digital covers, styling celebrity features, and managing recurring features including Brand Watch and My Life in Three Looks. In addition, Kerry edits the “best of” each season, from shoes to bags, denim and coats, and is consistently looking for shifts in the fashion realm to lend a voice. Kerry formerly served as the Editorial Director of and as a producer at Full Frontal Fashion. She lives in New York with her husband Steve, and baby girl Lila Sky.