Hillary Clinton was criticized for her fashion choices long before she became a presidential candidate, but Melania Trump is currently winning the tally for how many times she can make the public question her outfits. Here, all the first lady fashion moments that have ruffled feathers over the years.
Michelle Obama wore shorts on a trip to the Grand Canyon with her family in 2009, and it caused a complete uproar. People thought it was "inappropriate" and questioned whether it was right for her to bare her legs. Obama admits it was one of her biggest fashion regrets because it "created a huge stink."
Ah, the infamous pussy-bow blouse (yes, that's the real name). Melania chose to wear the $1,100 top just days after a video surfaced of her husband stating in a conversation with Billy Bush, "When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy.” One of the first of many eyebrow-raising fashion choices made by the first lady.
1861 ball gowns, but make it fashun. Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd was often criticized by the public for her ball gown purchases during the Civil War, which would(yes, that is a lot for the time period).
Lincoln would defend her by stating, "The President glances at my rich dresses and is happy to believe that the few hundred dollars that I obtain from him supply all my wants." Same.
Melania opted for a pair of Gucci sunnies while visiting Arlington National Cemetery, and Twitter was definitely not pleased. The American people saw them as a sign of disrespect (from the size of the sunglasses to the actual sunglasses themselves).
Back in August, Melania Trump went to visit Hurricane Harvey victims in heels and the internet lost it.
Stilettos don't exactly scream, "I'm here to help." The first lady's footwear ended up distracting from the issue at-hand: the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.
Despite her major style evolution throughout her eight years in office, Michelle Obama's first fashion statement on stage at the 2008 election gathering had the public buzzing. Would this be a preview of her style in the White House? Will she *always* wear three-quarter sleeve dresses? Will she *always* smile this big?
There's always conversation about who will dress the first lady on inauguration day, but Trump didn't seem to have too many designers lining up for her last year. The first lady ended up wearing a Ralph Lauren dress, and the fashion community had a lot to say about it—specifically designers like Zac Posen who refused to dress her. There had also been a lot of comparison to Jackie O's style, and how Trump would compare to the iconic first lady.
The is the first time Melania Trump wore *that* Ralph Lauren Collection shirtdress abroad (more on that later). Aside from her outfit choice, Trump was criticized for the great mood she was *clearly* in while visiting Saudi Arabia.
Oh, Nancy. Reagan secretly "borrowed" $2,000 Adolfo suits and $22,000 Galanos gowns despite warnings by White House lawyers that this had to be disclosed under the Ethics in Government Act. So pretty much every time Reagan walked into public in a gown or a seemingly nicer outfit she was scrutinized.
Like this time she met with the Queen...
...And this time she met with Princess Diana...
...And this time again with the Queen.
The Delpozo dress that everyone loves to hate. Melania Trump has a history of wearing internationally-designed dresses despite President Trump stating in his Inaugural Address, “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.” Even Fox News reported on the controversy...so there's that.
Melania Trump wore a $2,950 Delpozo dress while giving a speech at the U.N. and making statements like, "No child should ever feel hungry."
File under: iconic first lady moments. Betty Ford made waves not only when she was captured on top of the presidential cabinet table, but also as one of the first women to don a pantsuit.
Clinton apparently "baffled the Japanese" when she wore all-black ensembles for three days in a row on her trip in 1996. Black is pretty much our entire wardrobe, so we're a bit confused as to why it was such a big deal.
was the first first lady to be photographed in a bathing suit during her 12-year (!) tenure in the White House from 1933-1945 (four-term offices were once a thing).
And then there were the heels...again. Snakeskin Manolo Blahnik stilettos—appropriate shoes to wear to the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Michelle Obama didn't wear sleeves in her 2008 White House portrait, and people lost it— calling it "too informal" and "out of season."
The first lady wore a $1,380 shirt to her first White House garden event in September. To quote one Twitter user, "That's obscene."
"Because she's a Republican." Barbara Bush had the public buzzing when she wore a blue velvet gown instead of, you know, any other color because it "represented" the Dems. #Scandalous
Throwback to 1809. Dolley Madison was the wife of former president James Madison, and was often criticized for showing a little more cleavage than usual for the times.
The official White House portrait always has the public talking, but in April the American people had a lot to say about the size of the 25-carat rock on Trump's finger as well as the clearly airbrushed photo. The portrait's release was accompanied by Trump's statement, “I am honored to serve in the role of First Lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years.”
The public thought it was strange the first lady chose traditional attire to visit the Pope when he's known for having more relaxed standards. To be continued for the next three years...