15 of Melania Trump's most expensive outfits

Some speculate that First Lady Melania Trump uses her outfits to make subtle (or not so subtle) statements about her husband’s administration. Omarosa Manigault Newman wrote in “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” that she believes Melania Trump uses style to “punish” her husband.

But others simply admire her “streamlined glamour,” as designer Michael Kors described her style.

First ladies’ outfits are not paid for by taxpayers, and designers often offer to dress them for free. Still, some pieces she has worn are available to buy, even if they’re not exactly affordable.

Here are 15 of the first lady’s most expensive looks.

Bottega Veneta coat — $US3,950

Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome trick-or-treaters to the White House for Halloween festivities in 2018.

Trump gave out candy to young trick-or-treaters, many of whom are from military families, in a plaid brushed-wool coat by Bottega Veneta. It retails on Net-A-Porter for $US3,950.

Manolo Blahnik heels — $US625

The First Lady was criticised for seeming out of touch by wearing expensive designer heels to visit the site of a natural disaster. The Manolo Blahnik pumps retail for $US625 at Neiman Marcus, but are currently sold out.

By the time she disembarked in Texas, she had changed into sneakers.

Balmain button-down shirt — $US690

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesMelania Trump arrives for an event in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House in 2017.

Trump welcomed the Boys and Girls Club of Washington into the White House Kitchen Garden in a tartan cotton button-down shirt. It’s available on Net-A-Porter for $US690.

Her outfit garnered comparisons to Michelle Obama’s less expensive J. Crew-based gardening outfits that included a $US29.50 shirt and a $US228 jacket.

Gucci blouse — $US1,100

Trump wore a pink Gucci pussy bow blouse to the second presidential debate. Many wondered if the style choice was related to audio of Donald Trump remarking that he could “grab” women “by the p—y” because “when you’re a star they let you do it” that had leaked a few days earlier. A campaign spokeswoman said that the similarity was not intentional according to a tweet by Sopan Deb, then of CBS News.

The blouse retails for $US1,100 on Net-A-Porter.

Roksanda dress — $US2,865

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImageMelania Trump delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention in 2016.

For her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump wore a white Roksanda “Margot” dress which is advertised as “a beautiful option for the modern bride” with $US675 Christian Louboutin heels.

The dress sold out less than an hour after her speech. It currently retails on Net-A-Porter for $US1,646.10, but 2016 reports price the dress at $US2,190.

Delpozo dress — $US2,950

AP Images Craig RuttleMelania Trump addresses a luncheon at the US Mission to the United Nations in New York in 2017.

Trump spoke to the United Nations about cyberbullying, but people couldn’t stop talking about her $US2,950 hot pink Delpozo dress with voluminous sleeves.

Business Insider’s Kate Taylor wrote that her choice of dress revealed her lack of public speaking experience since the dress didn’t appear oversized from a distance, but was ill-suited for speaking behind a podium.

Michael Kors jacket and Christian Louboutin heels — $US2,970

Both Trump and French first lady Brigitte Macron wore white outfits on the French leaders’ visit to Washington. It’s not the first time they have dressed alike.

Aside from the Michael Kors jacket costing $US2,195, Trump wore a Hervé Pierre hat and $US775 Christian Louboutin heels.

Gucci coat — $US3,701

Trump wore a pale yellow coat with a butterfly detail belt to the summit in Helsinki where President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The coat, made by Gucci, is on sale for at Farfetch for $US3,701.

Isoude coat — $US3,995

Chris McGrath/Getty ImagesMelania Trump arrives at Helsinki International Airport in 2018.

Trump stepped off of Air Force One in Helsinki, Finland, in an Isuode driving coat with leather details retailing at $US3,995.

J. Mendel gown — $US6,990

After the backlash of Trump’s “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket that she wore on a visit to Texas to visit immigrant children (her spokeswoman said “There’s no hidden message”), she opted for a pale yellow pleated chiffon gown from J. Mendel on her and President Trump’s first official visit to the UK. The gown is no longer available but was priced at $US6,990, according to USA TODAY.

Monique Lhuillier gown — $US7,995

The first lady welcomed The White House Historical Society in a sparkling Monique Lhuillier gown. It is no longer available from Bergdorf Goodman, where it retailed for $US7,995.

Michael Kors jacket and skirt — $US9,590

FLOTUS wore an embroidered Michael Kors jacket and skirt ensemble for a joint session of Congress. The dinner jacket retails for $US4,995, the skirt for $US4,595.

When some criticised the look as too flashy for the event, Kors released a statement to Vanity Fair: “Mrs. Trump has been a long time client at our New York boutique. She has a keen understanding of what works best for her and her lifestyle. My embroidered black suit reflects the streamlined glamour that she is known for.”

Bally trousers, Manolo Blahnik heels, Hermes Birkin bag — $US14,170

Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump, first lady Melania, and their son and Barron arrive at the White House in 2017.

Trump wore $US575 Bally wide-legged trousers and $US595Manolo Blahnik heels when she moved into the White House in 2017 with son Barron. She also carried a Hermes Birkin bag with an estimated cost of $US13,000.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket — $US51,500

Melania Trump wore a $US51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to meet with spouses of world leaders at the G-7 summit in Italy.

Purchasing the floral multicolored jacket requires a $US25,750 deposit. The full cost of the jacket is more than most Americans make in a year.

Custom Hervé Pierre gown — priceless

Kevin Dietsch – Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Donald and Melania Trump at the Freedom Inaugural Ball in 2017.

For the night after the inauguration, Trump worked with designer Hervé Pierre to create a custom gown.

“When sitting down with Hervé to discuss her vision, the first lady knew she wanted a modern, light, unique and unexpected look,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s press secretary and communications director, told CNN.

Such custom creations for inaugural balls are priceless. Trump donated her gown to the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

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