Melania Trump wears white pantsuit to State of the Union
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Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet MORE is sporting a white pantsuit — a favorite sartorial choice of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report MORE and a color once worn by Democrats to protest President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE — to her husband's first State of the Union address. 

The first lady, dressed in a tailored white suit, was seen smiling and chatting ahead of Trump's remarks on Tuesday at the Capitol. The State of the Union marked her first public appearance since The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Trump's personal lawyer had arranged a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-real estate mogul.

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Female Republican House lawmakers announced plans earlier Tuesday to wear variations of red, white and blue to the address to show support for the military.

Many Democratic women in Congress, meanwhile, are wearing black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements against sexual misconduct. The first lady could have chosen white to counter the Democratic women's choice of black on Tuesday.

Clinton wore a white pantsuit to the inauguration last year; Vanity Fair reported at the time the choice was "likely not coincidental."

The color was a favorite "worn by suffragettes in the early 20th century, standing for purity, in an effort to protect them from their opponent’s claims of immorality," the magazine said at the time.

Clinton also donned a Ralph Lauren-designed white suit when she accepted the Democratic nomination in 2016 and at the final presidential debate.

Last year, women in the House Democratic Caucus wore white during Trump's joint address to Congress in honor of women's suffrage. 

"We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump Administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women," Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelCelebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser House Dems push to delay Kavanaugh vote for investigation Overnight Health Care: Drug price fight heats up | Skepticism over drug companies' pledges | Ads target HHS secretary over child separations | Senate confirms VA pick MORE (D-Fla.) said at the time.  

In 2016, Melania Trump raised eyebrows when she wore a dramatic Gucci pussy-bow shirt to a GOP presidential debate.