12 Former First Lady Inauguration Looks Melania Trump Would Do Well to Copy

Or Ivanka. IDK how this is going to work.

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Almost every singer on the face of the planet went "Already got plans, soz" upon being asked to perform, so the Trump transition team can't be doing all that well either sorting out the fashion, or what Melania will buy off the rack to "pay homage" to her predecessors on Inauguration Day. (It'll be an ill-fitting imported suit for her other half, no question there.) Here, the sartorial legacy she'll follow, for better or for worse.

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<p>In Thom Browne and J.Crew in 2013<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Michelle Obama

In Thom Browne and J.Crew in 2013

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<p>In Thom Browne&nbsp;in&nbsp;2013<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Michelle Obama

In Thom Browne in 2013

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<p>In Jason Wu in 2013</p>
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Michelle Obama

In Jason Wu in 2013

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<p>In Isabel Toledo and J.Crew in 2009</p>
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Michelle Obama

In Isabel Toledo and J.Crew in 2009

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<p>In Jason Wu in 2009</p>
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Michelle Obama

In Jason Wu in 2009

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Laura Bush

In 2005

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Laura Bush

In Oscar de la Renta in 2005

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<p>In 2001</p>
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Laura Bush

In 2001

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<p>In Michael Faircloth in 2001</p>
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Laura Bush

In Michael Faircloth in 2001

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<p>In 1997</p>
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Hillary Clinton

In 1997

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<p>In Oscar de la Renta in&nbsp;1997</p>
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Hillary Clinton

In Oscar de la Renta in 1997

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<p>In 1993</p>
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Hillary Clinton

In 1993

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<p>In Sarah Phillips in 1993</p>
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Hillary Clinton

In Sarah Phillips in 1993

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Barbara Bush

In 1989

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<p>In 1985</p>
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Nancy Reagan

In 1985

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<p>In 1985</p>
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Nancy Reagan

In 1985

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Nancy Reagan

In James Galanos in 1985

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<p>In 1981</p>
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Nancy Reagan

In 1981

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<p>In James Galanos in 1981, when people were mad at her for spending so much on fashion during a recession</p>
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Nancy Reagan

In James Galanos in 1981, when people were mad at her for spending so much on fashion during a recession

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<p>In 1977</p>
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Rosalynn Carter

In 1977

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Rosalynn Carter

In Mary Matise for Jimmae in 1977

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<p>In&nbsp;1969</p>
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Pat Nixon

In 1969

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Pat Nixon

In Karen Stark for Harvey Berin in1969

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<p>In 1965</p>
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Lady Bird Johnson

In 1965

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<p>In her own design (in collaboration with&nbsp;Ethan Frankau)<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"> in&nbsp;</span>1961<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Jackie Kennedy

In her own design (in collaboration with Ethan Frankau) in 1961

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<p>In her own design (in collaboration&nbsp;with&nbsp;Ethan Frankau)<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> in&nbsp;</span>1961<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Jackie Kennedy

In her own design (in collaboration with Ethan Frankau) in 1961

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<p>In Nettie Rosenstein<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> in&nbsp;</span>1957</p>
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Mamie Eisenhower

In Nettie Rosenstein in 1957

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Eleanor Roosevelt

In 1933 [Editor's note: DAMN, girl.]

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Eleanor Roosevelt

In Arnold Constable in 1941

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Mary Todd Lincoln

In 1861

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