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Melania Trump's Voting Booth Style Speaks Volumes

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The potential first lady cast her vote alongside Republican nominee Donald Trump while demonstrating the fashion art of shoulder-robing.

Cheers and jeers (and even topless protesters) greeted Donald and Melania Trump when they cast their ballots at P.S. 59 in New York City on Tuesday morning.

But the potential first lady looked cool as ice in a white dress, demonstrating her favorite fashion art of shoulder-robing her beige coat. Shoulder-robing, for the uninitiated, is a way of balancing a coat just so atop the shoulders so that the outfit underneath can still be fully taken in.

It emerged as a thing about the same time Instagram started spawning style stars, though it's been a favorite of fashion editors for years, mastered by such greats a Project Runway's Nina Garcia and Vogue's Anna Wintour. Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner are also shoulder-robing pros. 

It's impractical, to be sure, a sartorial flourish that conveys a sense of privilege and devil-may-care panache. "Sleeves? They're for amateurs," is what it says.

One doesn't drive in a shoulder-robed coat; one rides in the back of a chauffered car. One doesn't make macaroni and cheese for the kids in a shoulder-robed coat, or ever eat — anything. Maybe one can sip champagne in a shoulder robed coat. With practice.

It's hard to imagine negotiating a voting booth in a shoulder-robed coat. But somehow, Melania Trump did — and looked great doing it. She's been practicing the maneuver for years, after all. 

Trump, a former model who stands 5'11'", loves a white dress, too; she chose a white silk crepe gown with bell sleeves by Roksanda Ilincic for her speech at the Republican National Convention in July. On the other side of ticket, the color white has been embraced by Hillary Clinton supporters as the color of suffragettes. 

After the GOP convention, Veep costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager called Trump’s brand of power style “this very glamorous glamazon really, a little bit over the top, with the perfect blowout and perfect makeup... She projects a very wealthy, privileged existence. If you were to open a fashion magazine, that’s what she looks like."

At least she's consistent.

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