Not all of Melania Trump's fashion is out of touch - here are 5 of her affordable staples

President Donald Trump waves to members of the media as he and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, as they return from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump waves to members of the media as he and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, as they return from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Associated Press

  • For first ladies, fashion is a key way to shape their public image and involves thoughtful choices to nail a formal occasion or public appearance.
  • Modern first ladies, notably Michelle Obama, have been careful to seek out more affordable options to include in their wardrobes to make a polished but sensible statement on more casual occasions.
  • Melania Trump has caught eyes with custom and couture pieces that some have criticized as impractical and unrealistically expensive, but the first lady also relies on some affordable staples.
  • These are some of the jeans, sneakers, and casual tops that the first lady keeps on-hand for dressed-down days.
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First lady Melania Trump's outfits have been knocked in the past for being controversial, impractical, and massively expensive, but that's not the first lady's entire wardrobe.

Since the first family is on display for occasions such as formal events, vacation, and boarding Air Force One, the first lady fits affordable staples in-between couture pieces.

See the basic sneakers, casual tops, and jeans that are some of the first lady's repeat favorites.
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Timberland boots: $170

Timberland boots: $170

Source: Timberland

The boots were a rugged turn to the first lady's wardrobe for on-the-ground appearances.

The boots were a rugged turn to the first lady's wardrobe for on-the-ground appearances.

She wore them in Hurricane Harvey-ravaged Puerto Rico and at a visit to an American air base in Afghanistan.

J. Crew gingham button-down shirt: $75

J. Crew gingham button-down shirt: $75

Source: Yahoo News

The shirt was a casual step down from the first lady's flashier choices that made appearances at formal events and the 2016 campaign trail.

The shirt was a casual step down from the first lady's flashier choices that made appearances at formal events and the 2016 campaign trail.

The first lady raised eyebrows with a pink blouse the year before when she wore a Gucci pussy-bow blouse that retailed for $1,100 and was speculated to comment on her husband's Hollywood Access tape scandal.

Converse sneakers: $50-$65

Converse sneakers: $50-$65

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The sleek but casual sneakers are no stranger to the White House, as former first lady Michelle Obama sported them regularly as well.

The sleek but casual sneakers are no stranger to the White House, as former first lady Michelle Obama sported them regularly as well.

Trump has also been spotted in Adidas Originals' Stan Smiths, which retail for $75.

J. Brand Jeans: $188

J. Brand Jeans: $188

Though the jeans are on the pricier side, they pale in comparison to the rest of the first lady's luxe wardrobe. She saves them for travel or more casual appearances.

Though the jeans are on the pricier side, they pale in comparison to the rest of the first lady's luxe wardrobe. She saves them for travel or more casual appearances.

The first lady's chosen style of the pants have since sold out, but the brand has a number of similar high-waisted and skinny variations.

Baseball hats

Baseball hats

The Trumps are keen on baseball hats that reference the first family, and the first lady's hats complement the president's oft-worn "USA" hat.

The Trumps are keen on baseball hats that reference the first family, and the first lady's hats complement the president's oft-worn "USA" hat.

The FLOTUS hat isn't for sale, but several designs are offered for around $40 from the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, which raises money for his reelection campaign.

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