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Melania Trump’s Wardrobe Goes Mute

After the jacket controversy, the first lady dressed for discretion as she accompanied her husband on his European trip.

So the Trump NATO-Brexit-Putin tour has come to an end, leaving disruption and debate in its wake. Or rather, in President Trump’s wake. As for the first lady, she has made barely a wave.

After the brouhaha caused by her recent public appearance in Texas in that now famous “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket, her clothes, which have in many cases become her voice, while she herself has remained so resolutely silent, have been, apparently, muzzled. By her own choice.

Most of the outfits effectively faded into the background. The exception was a minor stir about the pale yellow J. Mendel gown Mrs. Trump wore to the state dinner at Blenheim Palace, with its long flowing sleeves and pleated bodice, which briefly spurred comparisons to Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” (the Disney version) and gave rise to a few lackluster suggestions that perhaps Mrs. Trump was using her clothes to send a veiled message to her husband (after all, if she is Beauty …).

Mostly, though, her outfits’ overriding impact was polite and appropriate, They were tailored, but not too much. Buttoned up, but also feminine. Below the knee. Even the colors — pale pink, pale yellow, white, navy and beige (beige!) — were low-key. The clothes were elegant, but bland. They were notable largely for what they were not.

The first lady, in Burberry, arrives in Belgium on July 10.CreditFrancois Lenoir/Reuters
Mrs. Trump arrives in Vantaa, Finland, on July 15. She wore an Isoude jacket and Ralph Lauren leather leggings.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
The president and Mrs. Trump, in Dior, about to board Air Force One in England on July 13.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

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