Anyone even remotely tuned in to politics understands that Democrats like all things collective. This practice of groupthink appears to include their clothing. And nowhere was this more apparent than during the 2019 State of the Union address. As noted by Liberty Nation, the SOTU is the ultimate in political theater, and the optics at this year’s presidential speech served to demonstrate who are the liberty-minded, self-assured feminists and who are simply conformists who want – or perhaps need — to fit in with the crowd. If the point of feminism is to liberate and emancipate, then it is the Dems who may need a lesson in manumission, and Mrs. Trump is just the person to deliver it.
…the authentic feminist in the crowd – the one willing to march to the beat of her drummer – was Mrs. Trump.
FLOTUS Speaks Through Fashion
As a former fashion model, Melania Trump is adept at utilizing her clothes to speak volumes. And for those tuned in to the Style Whisperer, she’s doing a bang-up job of it. Not only does she understand the language of fashion, but she is a master at using it to her benefit. In 2017, the Democratic Women’s Working Group asked its ladies to dress in white for the once-a-year presidential address. And so, like good little Democratic Stepford Wives, they showed up looking for all the world like nurses from the 1960s – minus the hair caps. So, what did Melania wear in 2017?
Why, all black, of course.
She wore a smart Michael Kors suit with a pencil skirt that had an intriguing front slit to mid-thigh. No Nurse Ratched for her. This was a sartorial statement that said, “I am not like you, and I am my own woman.”
Then in 2018, the Democratic women wore black in honor of the #MeToo movement. Yes, it was like viewing a funeral cortège of great consequence. If the movie Steel Magnolias is correct, and “the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize,” then all the Dems needed was a corpse to complete their ensemble. Three guesses what Melania wore in 2018 to counter the Dems?
Why, all white – from top to bottom.
To make matters worse, she flew her feminist colors by looking very chic in a Christian Dior pantsuit coupled with a satin Dolce & Gabbana blouse. She finished it off with a pair of taupe Louboutin pumps. The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham observed, “She does not concern herself with what others think about her fashion and always stays true to herself.”
So you may have noticed that for 2019 the Stepford Wives went back to white again. This time their “collective symbolism” represented “a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country, and a declaration that we will not go back on our hard-earned rights,” according to The Honorable Lois Frankel (D-FL).
Thus, it came as no surprise when all heads turned for the FLOTUS grand entrance to the SOTU. Again going to the opposite end of the spectrum from the Dems, Melania appeared elegant and poised in a navy blue dress with a military-style flair. Ivanka, meanwhile, went the black route with a conservative patent leather belted suit coupled with glam make-up. Neither woman looked like she had plans to conform to any dress code.
While the Democrats collectively supported the suffragettes, it does seem the authentic feminist in the crowd – the one willing to march to the beat of her drummer – was Mrs. Trump. She repeatedly demonstrates an alacritous ability to be her own woman. And here’s a sartorial shocker for you: Despite the constant media narrative that Mrs. Trump dresses in haute couture while the down-to-earth Michelle Obama gets her clothes at Target, it is Melania who wears prêt-à-porter clothing right off the rack. Mrs. Obama was known to team up with famous designers to dress for special events.
Melania Trump’s ability to speak five languages – German, French, Serbian, English, and Slovene – has been widely discussed. But perhaps her most fluent linguistic achievement is in the world of fashion, where her clothing declares her to be a person who is fiercely independent, unconventional, and quite liberated.