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Melania Trump Channels Jackie Kennedy’s Style at the Inauguration

Channeling those before her. Ahead of her husband Donald Trump‘s inauguration, Melania Trump wore a seemingly retro-inspired style as she arrived at the White House on Friday, January 20, for tea with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Watch her arrive at the inauguration ceremony in the video above!

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The incoming first lady, 46, wore a sky-blue Ralph Lauren dress, teamed with a matching double-faced jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves, also by the American fashion label. She finished the ensemble with matching gloves and stilettos, and an elegant undo.

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Jackie Kennedy in 1961 at JFK’s inauguration (left); Melania Trump at her husband’s inauguration in 2017 Leonard McCombe/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty; Alex Brandon/AP

Her husband, 70, meanwhile, opted for a dark suit with a midnight overcoat and one bright pop of color: a scarlet tie.

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Michelle Obama greets Melania Trump Mark Wilson/Getty

If Melania’s look felt familiar, perhaps that’s because the late Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis wore a similar silhouette to her husband John F. Kennedy‘s inauguration in 1961. The style icon chose a slim-fitting pastel coat with oversized buttons and a fur-trimmed collar, paired with a perfectly coiffed ‘do and gloves — not unlike Melania. Kennedy, however, also added a pillbox hat.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty

Still, according to Melania’s team, the true inspiration behind her look was the man who designed it. “With the historic swearing-in of her husband, Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States, the First Lady-elect will become America’s new First Lady wearing an American designer who transformed American fashion, Ralph Lauren,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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