Dressing the part of First Lady doesn’t come cheap, apparently. It’s probably no big surprise to learn Melania Trump, who’s seen in naught but the finest designer garb, spends quite the pretty penny on her sleek wardrobe – but her estimated monthly spend is no joke.
The UK’s Daily Express broke down a guesstimate based on a few choice outfits Trump stepped out in during April, and with merely a handful of expensively-priced garments, reached a whopping total of $16,000.
Take her recent $3,055 lilac Valentino jacket, which she sported fresh from a weekend excursion to Mar-a-Lago, and paired with black skinny jeans and snakeskin flats (where was those flats when she was gardening, you wonder? Us too):
For a formal dinner with her and her husband’s Japanese counterparts, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe, Melania was seen in a white lace Lela Rose dress, which came with the wince-inducing price tag of $2,300:
And just one denim Michael Kors dress she chose for an Easter celebration added an eye-watering $7,730 to the bill:
Not to mention this Alessandra Rich pussy-bow midi-dress, which can be yours for just $3,000:
And that’s just the easily identifiable pieces – it’s likely the total for everything, including designer shoes, sunglasses, jewellery, costs for hair and makeup maintenance, is much more steep.
Assuming that’s her regular monthly wardrobe cost plus a little extra, we’re estimating her yearly spend is somewhere around $200,000 – $300,000, which is high, though not quite as high as a newly minted Duchess.
The former model has no doubt acquired a taste for the finer things, and is regularly seen in the likes of Fendi, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Louboutin, to name but a few. And it’s understandable that FLOTUS has to keep things sharp – the role comes with its fair share of public-facing formal responsibilities, from state dinners, to philanthropic events, to photo opportunities, and generally being duty-bound to support the President. But given she’d had years in the public eye before moving into the White House, you’d be forgiven for guessing she’d show some restraint, and have a designer wardrobe on rotation, much like another high-profile privileged woman, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Who knows, though. We might just see some repeats on the First Lady soon enough. And as long as she continues to stop dressing so insensitively. maybe we’ll be a little less scrutinizing.