The 40 Most Controversial First Lady Fashion Moments in History

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When you're the first lady, everyone's watching your every move. When successful, a first lady can use her clothing to her advantage to relay a message. Other times not so much. Some past first ladies like Hillary Clinton were criticized for her fashion choices long before becoming a presidential candidate. Others like Melania Trump are 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.


Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. In addition to spearheading commerce content across brands—from writing about wardrobe must-haves and sales at major retailers to strategizing—she is also an avid reader with a deep love and knowledge for books of all genres. More often than not, you can find her lounging with a good book on the weekend.