Melania Trump Wore a Funereal Black Dress at the White House

Lauren Tuck
·News Editor
Melania Trump and Michelle Obama
Melania Trump and Michelle Obama talked at the White House on Thursday. (Photo: Chuck Kennedy/the White House)

On Thursday, President Obama welcomed President-elect Donald Trump to the White House. The conversation, which Trump expected to be 15 minutes, lasted for an hour and a half. And while POTUS and PEOTUS talked in the Oval Office about the transition of power, domestic issues, and international policies, their wives discussed childrearing, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The current first lady also gave her successor a tour of the residence, and White House curator Bill Allman walked them through the rest of the building.


For the occasion, FLOTUS wore a navy blue Narciso Rodriguez dress with an artful orange and yellow stripe (this is her second time wearing the piece publicly; she chose it for her arrival in Argentina for an official state visit in March). She paired it with metallic Jimmy Choo heels. As for the former model, her look was bit more simple, opting for a sleeveless black sheath.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (2L), walks with President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania Trump, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (L), at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day president-elect Trump met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks with President-elect Donald Trump, his wife, Melania, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting on Nov. 10, (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The future first couple then traveled down the street to Capitol Hill, where they met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and other top Republicans. Melania covered up in a black jacket during parts of the meeting.

Melania, who usually favors clothing in light colors such as white, powder blue, and pink, wore a black ensemble at the third presidential debate in October. The Ralph Lauren jumpsuit with a pussy-bow tie detail had many social media users wondering if the dark shade symbolized that Melania was in mourning in anticipation of her husband losing the election.

And while he actually won and the presumption was premature, Twitter users found that the black look postwin actually symbolized something similar.

melania mourning tweet
melania mourning tweet

Melania, whose name comes from a Greek word meaning black or dark, has inspired lots of theories surrounding her wardrobe choices. Notably, to cast her vote on Election Day, she wore a white sheath dress from Michael Kors with a camel coat designed by Balmain. “Can’t help but wonder who she’s really voting for,”

“Can’t help but wonder who she’s really voting for,” Susan Lamontagne asked, referencing the fact that lots of women showed up to the polls in white ensembles as a show of support for Hillary Clinton, because American suffragists protesting for the right to vote more than a century ago wore the color. The former Democratic presidential nominee wore the shade on multiple occasions to send just that message, and many assumed that Melania doing the same revealed she was secretly supporting Clinton. Melania also wore a $3,990 white jumpsuit early Wednesday morning as her husband delivered his victory speech. The one-piece was made by Ralph Lauren, the label of the majority of Clinton’s pantsuits throughout her campaign.

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