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Melania Trump and Michelle Obama: How their inauguration style compares

January 21, 2017
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Melania Trump drew comparisons to Jackie Kennedy with her choice of outfit for Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, but how does she compare to America's most recent First Lady Michelle Obama?

While both Melania and Michelle have championed US designers, their styles differ greatly, as the outfits they each wore for their husband's inauguration events show.

Inauguration and swearing in ceremony

As predicted, Melania Trump wore a Ralph Lauren ensemble for Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. The 46-year-old channelled Jackie Kennedy in the powder blue suit, which featured a cropped jacket and knee-length dress, accessorised with suede gloves and matching court shoes.


While Michelle also wore a US designer for Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009, she opted to showcase an outfit from lesser known Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, dramatically boosting the brand's profile in the process.

Michelle teamed the bespoke lemongrass coloured dress and matching coat with green J. Crew gloves and contrasting court shoes, creating a memorable ensemble for a historic day.

Inaugural balls

Melania wore a custom-made white gown by Hervé Pierre. The organza number featured a high-leg split and stunning ruffled detailing, all topped off with a thin red belt and  small bow. 

The first lady was said to have had a hand in designing the dress with Herve Pierre, who is the former creative director of Carolina Herrera. 


Hours after her husband was sworn in as the 44th US President, Michelle made a glamorous appearance at the Inaugural Ball in a white one-shouldered chiffon gown from Jason Wu.

He has progressed to become one of Michelle's most-loved fashion designers, and she has been seen wearing his designs on a number of occasions including, fittingly, at Barack Obama's farewell address on 10 January.

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