Melania Trump popped in blue to welcome the Panamanian president and his wife to the White House on Monday.
To attend a meeting on crime and immigration with President Trump, President Juan Carlos Varela, and first lady Lorena Castillo de Varela, Melania wore a $1,696 Michael Kors cornflower-blue fitted dress. It was adorned with buttons along faux pockets and paired with Christian Louboutin floral So Kate pumps — the same pair she wore in April to meet the Chinese president and first lady.
The blue hue was a familiar choice in two ways: because first daughter Ivanka Trump set off to work on Monday wearing a Jason Wu blue sheath dress, and because it was reminiscent of her inaugural outfit.
For her husband’s inauguration ceremony in January, Melania wore a Ralph Lauren powder blue cashmere suit composed of a mock turtleneck dress and a cropped jacket. The look generated headlines for evoking the spirit of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (save for a pillbox hat) and for the color — as blue is the color unofficially associated with the Democratic Party.
Ironically, Hillary Clinton wore a white Ralph Lauren pantsuit to the inauguration, a detail that did not go unnoticed on social media, with some suggesting that the shared designer symbolized a likeness between the two women.
And in May, after French first lady Brigitte Macron wore a blue suit by Louis Vuitton that drew comparisons to Melania’s inaugural look, executive image consultant Sylvie di Giusto told Yahoo Style of the color, “It’s associated with intelligence, trust, and security, and the lighter the blue shade becomes, the more sympathetic, personal, warm, and communicative it is perceived.”
On Monday, Melania’s blue dress stood out next to Castilla’s emerald-green dress, which she paired with white pumps.
Style aside, the meeting between the two couples wasn’t seamless. According to the Washington Post, while posing for photographers, President Trump said, “The Panama Canal is doing quite well. I think we did a good job building it, right — a very good job.” To that, Varela replied, “Yeah, about 100 years ago,” in a comment that Twitter perceived as a dig.
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