What we do know of Melania Trump includes her fashion, and it’s an area in which she’s in full command. She was a professional model, walking runways in Milan and Paris in the eighties and nineties. She inhabited a world of luxury even after she ended her fashion week stints. As many have noted, Melania Trump has a uniform. She favours an unwavering array of cool neutrals like icy pink and beige, with occasional splashes of patriotic reds and deep blues. With pin-up proportions, Melania Trump has mastered how to highlight her waist with waist-cinching belts and favours slim-cut, body-conscious silhouettes.
Her approach when it comes to fashion seems like she’s above it. Her consistent aesthetic, one that’s timeless but never stodgy, signals a self-assurance and a confident ability to ride above the fast-fashion fray, perhaps thanks to her wealth, her sturdy place in the social hierarchy or her own experience in the fashion world.
“I don’t follow what is in fashion now,” Melania Trump has said, according to the Telegraph. “I just listen to myself and what I like. I wait for the right occasion or see how I feel each day.”
Another look she favours, which requires a level of skill, is the act of hanging a coat on her shoulders, wearing her coats almost like a suit of armour. It’s something the Telegraph called “the shoulder robe” and something Yahoo noted is more often seen on elite fashion editors. The style signals not only that she is elegant and sophisticated, but also untouchable and unflappable. After all, she can’t move too abruptly or casually, or the jacket will fall.
She’s timelessly glamorous, impossibly put-together and aware of trends but not a victim of them.
There seems to be an allure to her special brand of glamour, one that the media and voters are familiar with — if not in the White House, then at least from fashion magazines. People like that her hair’s always done. People like that what she wears is always beautiful. People like that she’s basically perfect by traditional model standards.