February 1, 2018, - 7:54 am

About Melania’s Pantsuit

By Debbie Schlussel

I know clothes are a minor detail, but something was bothering me about Melania Trump at her husband’s State Of The Union address to the joint session of Congress. And it wasn’t just the separate motorcade she pointedly took (which I also didn’t like).

Maybe I’m “too” old fashioned and traditional. And, yes, I know it’s a minor thing. But I didn’t like that Melania Trump wore a pantsuit to the SOTU address. It bothered me that she didn’t wear a skirt suit or a a dress. Am I wrong?

I asked my friend Sheila, a fellow Jewish conservative and lawyer, and she agreed. We both voted for Trump. We both support the President. But we discussed this and both thought that, out of respect for the occasion and that it’s the U.S. House–and that she’s the First Lady–she shouldn’t have worn pants. CNN and some other liberal media liars claimed she wore White as a “#MeToo” statement or attack on her husband, but I don’t believe that bullcrap. And that’s not my issue here. It’s the pants at the State Of The Union thing. It’s about decorum and respect. And about etiquette, which should still have a place in our FacebookTwitterMeTooTimesUpBSAnythingGoes society.

Yes, I know, Hillary Clinton almost always wore pants. But that’s a rare excusable exception. After all, she spared us the disturbing nightmare of canklevision. And, yes, I know that Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Hussein Obama Idi Amin Dada always wore dresses (most of them way overdone and too cocktailish and fancy for the occasion; and almost all of them inappropriately sleeveless to show off her vastly overrated arms). And, yes, I know that most of the dozens of hags who serve in Congress mostly wear pants in the House and Senate (most of them to also spare us from canklevision). But I don’t care about them. I care about the ceremony and pomp and circumstance of the occasion. And I think a First Lady should dress in a skirt for that affair.

Maybe I’m wrong. But it bothered me a little. I definitely noticed it. You never saw Nancy Reagan in pants at the SOTUs. Never.

The off-white Christian Dior suit (with matching Dolce & Gabbana top) Melania Trump wore was beautiful and cost a zillion dollars. And she was beautiful in it. But she would look beautiful in a burlap sack with mud on it. And she could have worn a skirt or dress. There was something off about it to me, that she did not. It appeared like a feminist thing. Was she making a statement with the pants, coupled with her separate motorcade? It reminded me of the disastrous former Michigan Governatrix Jennifer Granholm a/k/a GranHO. She wore pants to her second Inauguration and she and her staff made a very big deal out of that. Her “female” (in name only) staff also loudly objected in the press about having to wear a skirt to GranHO’s first Inauguration and Inaugural events. It also reminded me of the several times I’ve seen annoying Jewish feminist women insist (largely at Reform and Conservative synagogues) on wearing a yarmulke and even a tallis (Jewish prayer shawl worn by men). It looks stupid. Incongruous. (At my modern Orthodox Jewish synagogue, none of the women wear pants in the place. Ever. Out of respect.)

So, what was going on with Melania Trump?

What do you think? Much ado about nothing? Or should a First Lady wear a skirt to events like these?

Yes, I know it’s very minuscule and trivial in the scheme of things, but still . . . .

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32 Responses

Much ado ’bout nothin’ I think. She’s lovely in anything she wears and I think she should wear whatever she wants. If she’d worn a dress some would complain about that. If I was married to the Don I’d ride separately to EVERYTHING. And I like him as a President.

Lili on February 1, 2018 at 9:02 am

It has been said over the years that the little things (the “one thing that bothers me,” as Lt. Columbo would’ve said) open a window into the proverbial big picture. But it does seem that Melania, in her public appearances, is intent on marching to her own drummer, as it were.

Concerned Patriot on February 1, 2018 at 9:11 am

The thing I am most concerned about is that this challenge to custom will encourage others who will flout traditional norms even more.

When will we see Black Caucus members wearing Black Lives Matter garb? Will any Members wear Antifa symbols? Once disintegration starts, it is very hard to stop.

Little Al on February 1, 2018 at 10:05 am

    An elegant, professional suit isn’t Inappropriate in any way. If she wore a jogging suit to the state of the union, then I could imagine other people starting to wear crazy things.

    Dina Kim on February 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

She looked great but I agree about the decorum and what she wore. And maybe Melania arrived separately because there may have been death threats to her husband (imagine that?!).

Concerned Citizen on February 1, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Don’t you remember Nancy’s “ knickerbockers “? if the whole world is watching you descend those very steep stairs to sit next to a nervous cute boy .. this is not the time for a cocktail sparkly number a la toned arms mooch . Just being practical .

    Madhatton on February 2, 2018 at 10:22 am

It never even occurred to me .
I thought that she looked beautiful.
She always looks beautiful.
What did Laura Bush wear at SOTU ?

Paul Gleitman on February 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

If my eyes did not deceive me, I saw any number of congressmen, especially blacks, wearing African kente cloth over their shoulders during the speech. This was WAY more obnoxious than any fashion faux pas the First lady could have committed.

Primetime on February 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Amen to that, brother!

    Mike Fuller on February 1, 2018 at 8:35 pm

I think you’re spot on about her attire not being appropriate,
It seemed to casual.
The unbuttoned open blouse was a no-no for me.
And what was with those high-waisted,not quite capris,not quite full length baggy pants.
The pants weren’t flattering at all.
I could be wrong,but it appears she has large feet and all those pants did was to draw attention to them.

Ebayer on February 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

After putting up with the humanzee gardener in the White House for 8 long disgusting years, as our government became more corrupt and controlling, it is a pleasure to see a really attractive first lady that has real style and shows it. I would have preferred a spaghetti strap black dress, for appearances sake, rather than the pants suit. But she is a first lady that dresses appropriately for public appearances that I have seen, shows respect for the office and openly supports this country.

Panhandle on February 1, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Humanzee. That’s excellent and very funny at the same time Panhandle. Can I use that or did you copyright it already. ?

    Ken B on February 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Sorry Panhandle it looked like my smiley face emoji turned into a question mark.

      Ken B on February 2, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Do you wear pants? I have modern orthodox relatives and friends who wear pants during casual occasions.

M: Yes, I wear pants. DS

Matthew on February 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm

It is a bit too casual for the occasion. The separate motorcade is something that is actually disturbing. She is not the Vice President, or designated survivor.

Worry on February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

I believe the explanation given for the separate motorcade is that she was personally escorting/hosting, and being with, several of the guests who were a part of the speech.

It would seem acceptable for her to ride in a separate motorcade to perform duties as a hostess in support of her husband and President.

Ingot on February 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I agree with Debbie the First Lady should ride with her husband together to a state event.

    There can be occasional exceptions such as the one you describe but they shouldn’t become a rule.

    Married couples do things together both out of love and respect for each other – and when its the President and his wife, people deserve to see their union publicly acknowledged.

    NormanF on February 1, 2018 at 10:13 pm

I thought it was much ado about nothing.

Melania represents the modern, liberated woman.

If that sets America apart from countries (like the savage Islamic world) where women have no rights, so be it.

Freedom, including freedom to dress and for a woman to show her face in public – is what America is all about.

NormanF on February 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm


I sense you “smell” something. You can see the pants suit so that’s the first thing to latch onto.

Malania was never keen on moving into the White House. She doesn’t seem to revel in being First Lady. That is the first gift we’ve received from a First Lady since Gerald Ford was President.

Ya know! Not that they’re exact twins, but there may be an analogy between Melania and Betty Ford. Neither of them ever dreamed their husbands would be POTUS. I honestly don’t think Donald Trump said: “… and ya know! I plan to be President of the United States some day. So wadda ya say? Would you marry me?”

What I’m saying is that both Betty Ford and Melania Trump were totally unprepared to be First Lady. On one hand, that’s what makes them particularly great. On the other hand, they may occasionally show some “cracks in the armor”.

I thought Melania did a nice job of accompanying her guests and neighbors; especially when the President acknowledged them. She endures a barrage of media criticism leveled at her husband; the likes of which I’ve never seen. Yet she still makes the show and holds her head high.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if she’s starting to crumble from public and/or personal tsouris.


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on February 1, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    I agree absolutely
    Shows what lying scum the msm are.

    Remember what the msm, fbi and doj did to Richard Jewel ?

    These disgusting scum need to be hauled down.

    JayPee on February 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

I don’t care what she wears because she is beautiful inside and out very much UNLIKE the last residents. And if she does not follow previous traditions More Power to her and her husband.MAGA

Island Girl on February 2, 2018 at 1:07 am

Melania is a slick genius. She wears White/off White, diametrically opposed to the Dem women wearing black but passively connects herself with the MeToo stuff. Pretty slick. Uh huh

DisgustedAtYouPeople on February 3, 2018 at 10:28 am

Nothing against her, but honestly, I am one of those who pays no attention to Melania: happy to leave her alone. So far, the public events she’s participated in are all things I don’t have a beef w/, so…

I find both Don Jr & Eric a lot more interesting

Infidel on February 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm

I’m sure Melania wore a pantsuit because that’s who she is or wants to be. Fashion isn’t a small thing for someone like Melania so I don’t think it’s necessarily much ado about nothing.
If styling like men makes the First Lady feel dynamic then I suppose that’s very modern.
As to whether it’s more than a sign of independence and signals a desire to set a distance from a traditional relationship who can say?

Mochizuki Koga on February 4, 2018 at 9:19 am

Good point, I assumed her attire was appropriate, since the Trumps have a much better sense than me of what’s appropriate to wear. And as you’ve pointed out, she did look beautiful.

Joe G on February 5, 2018 at 6:17 pm

It is a bit odd but perhaps part of that was being in white when everyone else was in more formal dark clothing as much as being a pantsuit.

Oscar on February 5, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Back from the abyss. Haven’t roamed this site for years. Glad to see you out there Debbie. I see blogging has croaked for social media.
As for the FLOTUS she can rock it all and will get my support. Trump has exceeded all our expectations. My thing is faster and faster Trump.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 7, 2018 at 2:06 am

Interesting. Our first lady knows how to look good though. And I liker her smile too.

David on February 7, 2018 at 5:41 am

Can’t wait to see your review on Black Panther. Every movie critic is afraid to give an honest assessment of this movie for fear of Blacklash. That’s right I said it, Blacklash.

California Screaming on February 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm

2010-2018 Amazon goes on hiring spree in Seattle. 2018 Seattle raise min wage to $15/hr, Amazon starts layoffs looks to move headquarters…

DisgustedAtYouPeople on February 14, 2018 at 12:09 am

Gun Control NOW. You NRA hacks. Despicable people in every way. Sad say

DisgustedAtYouPeople on February 14, 2018 at 11:09 pm

NBC is hiring Adam Rippon for a broadcast job, is it because he majored in broadcast journalism or is it sexual affirmative action?

DisgustedAtYouPeople on February 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm

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