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How Melania Trump's Style Has Evolved On Her Road to First Lady

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From left: Melania Trump at the 2001 Oscars; at the 2007 Met Gala; and at Donald Trump's 2016 presidential victory speech .

From low necklines to silk jumpsuits, the future first lady's outfit selections will be something to watch at the White House.

Donald Trump has been named the next U.S. president and by his side will be wife Melania Trump, whose FLOTUS style will be one to watch — not unlike the fashionable first ladies before her, including Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.

On the campaign trail, Melania chose conservative yet fashion-forward options, from a sleek white silk crepe dress with bell sleeves by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic to a dusty rose silk blouse by Emilia Wickstead. At Donald Trump's victory speech in New York, she donned a $4,000 silk jumpsuit by Ralph Lauren, Hillary Clinton's go-to designer.

Her wardrobe during her husband's road to the presidency hasn't come without controversy either. The Gucci "pussy bow" shirt she wore after Donald was caught on tape using the term "pussy" shocked and stunned the interwebs. She later explained it was a coincidence and not intentional.

The former fashion model's style reflects her wealth and access to expensive designer clothes. As Veep costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager told The Hollywood Reporter, "If you were to open a fashion magazine, that’s what she looks like. Our current first lady projects an image that's much more accessible. While she has access to the same designers, her choice of color and print, her openness about shopping at J.Crew, women can relate to that much more than this made-up, coiffed, perfect image that Melania projects."

Prior to showing off her future first lady style, however, Melania preferred low necklines (her 2001 Oscars gown featured a down-to-there v-neck), hip-hugging numbers, lingerie-inspired styles, strapless mermaid gowns, fur coats, and looks with plenty of sheer lace, shine and shimmer. That's changed as she's taken on the more serious role of political spouse on the national stage.

But if there's one form of fashion we can continue to expect from Melania as she makes her transition to the White House, it will be shoulder-robing.

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