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Much like Hollywood actresses making the rounds for awards season (roughly 20 major public appearances for an Oscar nominee in a mere 3.5 months), being FLOTUS, means countless state dinners, charity engagements and trips to be chicly attired for. First Lady Melania Trump has already stepped out in a series of designer looks for her first 56 days in the role, from Ralph Lauren to custom Herve Pierre and most recently a black beaded $9,590 Michael Kors suit for Donald Trump's first joint address to Congress. However, unlike an A-list actress, Trump is reportedly footing the bill.

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Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) as they pose together on the red carpet at the 18th annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards, New York, New York, June 2, 1999. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) Trump as they pose together before a Marc Jacobs fashion show, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) as they attend the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 5: Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend Grand Central Terminal Revitalization Project Benefit Party on October 5, 1998 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Portrait of (future married couple) American businessman Donald Trump and model Melania Knauss as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1999. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
Nyc 4/13/99 'Vh-1 Divas Live '99' Arrivals At The Beacon Theatre. Donald Trump & Date Melania Knauss (Photo By Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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9th September 1999: American real estate mogul Donald Trump with his date, Melania Knauss, at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, New York City. (Photo by Karl Feile/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Donald Trump & Melania Knauss during The Score New York Premiere at Sony Lincoln Square Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY 7: Melania Trump attends Michael Kors Fall 2007 Collection at The Tent on February 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Matt Carasella/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
399264 03: (ITALY OUT) Millionaire Donald Trump (R) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss walk along 59th Street after leaving Barneys January 5, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
401116 11: Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss attend the Marc Bouwer/Peta Fall/Winter 2002 Collection show February 14, 2002 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 4: Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the premiere of 'Bad Company' on June 4, 2002 at Loew's Lincoln Square Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Melania Knauss and Donald Trump during Britney Spears Restaurant Nyla Grand Opening Party at Nyla in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 24: Donald Trump and girlfriend Melania Knauss arrive for Coach's annual garden party at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Melania Knauss during USO Metropolitain of NY Gold Medal Awards Dinner Honor Donald Trump at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Marc Anthony, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Front Row at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: Rofreddo Gaetani, Melania Knauss and Donald Trump attends the Luca Luca Fall/Winter 2003 Collection fashion show at the Theater in Bryant Park during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February 9, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2003 Collections - Oscar de la Renta - Front Row at Bryant Park in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Donald Trump and Melania Knauss attend the T Management party at Pangea February 13, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images)
Melania Knauss and Donald Trump during Marcelo Alvarez and Salvatore Licitra Perform in Great Lawn to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Central Park at Great Lawn in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage for Sony Music)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss arriving at the 2003 VMA's at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Steve Azzara/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Melania Knauss attends the private party hosted by Donald Trump's T Management for legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland at Ian Schrager's Hudson Sky Terrace September 17, 2003 in New York. (Photo By Steven Henry/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during NBC All-Star Party - Arrivals at Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research Salutes The World of Entertainment and Media at the 2003 Angel Ball at Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for G/P Foundation)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during Z100's Zootopia 2004 - Backstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Clear Channel Entertainment)
Melania Knauss and Ivanka Trump during Dennis Basso Fashion Show - Fall 2004 - Arrivals at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Real Estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump and fiance Melania Knauss attend the Donald Trump Friars Club Roast Luncheon at the New York Hilton October 15, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Businessman Donald Trump and his fiance Melania Knauss arrive at a gala to honor leaders in tourism sponsored by NYC & Company at the Museum of Modern Art December 13, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Melania Knauss and Donald Trump attend the after party for the final episode of 'The Apprentice 2' at the Roseland Ballroom December 16, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Donald Trump's fiance Melania Knauss leaves Trump Towers December 17, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Model Melania Trump poses for photos in the lobby of the main tent during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005 at Bryant Park February 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005 - Vera Wang - Front Row at Bryant Park Tents in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during The Costume Institute's Gala Celebrating 'Chanel' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 16: Model Melania Trump attends the NBC upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 16, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Melania Trump attends the 17th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon at The Pierre October 26, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during Fashion Group International Presents The 22nd Annual Night of Stars Honoring 'The Romantics' - Inside at Cipriani in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Melania Trump during TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Attend the Museum of Modern Art Gala at Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Melania Trump during Melania Trump Unveils The 2007 Cadillac Escalade to The Fashion World at Milk Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 16: Melania Trump attends The WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART's 15th Annual 'American Art Award' at One Beacon Court & Le Cirque on May 16, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 'The Smile Collection' - Operation Smile's Annual Charity Dinner and Live Auction at Skylight Studios in New York, NY, United States. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during Trump Vodka Launch Party - Red Carpet at Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 11: Melania Trump attends Trump Magazine And FAO Schwarz Invite You To Vanessa And Don Trump Jr.'s Birthday Celebration at FAO Schwarz on December 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Dimov/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Donald and Melania Trump during Focus Features Golden Globes After Party at Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Focus Features)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Melania Trump and her son Barron attend the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 16th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO toy store March 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 'Poiret: King of Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - AUGUST 23: Melania Trump attends Men's Vogue Dinner in Honor of Roger Federer at Wakiya on August 23, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive at the Madonna + Gucci Present A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Melania Trump attends Duchess after party for Chanel at The Cooper Square Hotel on September 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Andrew Walker/Getty Images for CHANEL Beaut?)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Melania Trump-Trump attends the 37th Annual Police Athletic League Superstar Award Dinner at The Pierre Hotel on June 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: Melania Trump attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Melania Trump attends the QVC red carpet style party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on February 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Donald Trump (L) and wife Melania Trump arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Model/mother/entrepreneur Melania Trump visits SiriusXM Studio to promote her new QVC Melania Timepieces & Jewelry Collection on Cosmo Radio on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
Melania Trump attending the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Melania Trump attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Jewelry designer Melania Trump visits SiriusXM Studio on September 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Melania Trump attends European School Of Economics Foundation Vision And Reality Awards on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Melania Trump attends the 'Celebrity Apprentice All-Star' event at Trump Tower on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Melania Trump attends the 14th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 04: Melania Trump attends Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club at The Mar-a-Largo Club on January 4, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, stands on stage following the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, stands on stage following the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
From left, Billy Crystal, host of the 76th annual Academy Awards, his wife Janice Goldfinger, Melania Knauss and her boyfriend Donald Trump, pose together as they leave the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, early March 1, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller/File Photo FROM THE FILES PACKAGE "THE CANDIDATES" - SEARCH CANDIDATES FILES FOR ALL 90 IMAGES
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump attends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
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Read more: Top Designers, Hollywood Stylists Say "No Thanks" to Dressing Melania Trump for Inauguration

"Why do rich people need free clothes? Melania should buy her clothes," says veteran red carpet-stylist Phillip Bloch, who dressed Tiffany Trump for inauguration weekend. Kors released a statement about Trump's congressional look, unofficially confirming that the First Lady purchased her ensemble: "Mrs. Trump has been a longtime 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."

With a number of designers like Tom Ford, Sophie Theallet and Marc Jacobs publicly acknowledging post-election that they won't be dressing the current First Lady — and a noted drop in designer press releases going out (a norm during Michelle O's FLOTUS reign) — there's reason to wonder whether or not Mrs. Trump is buying by choice or if it's because she has less support from the fashion community and fewer covetable options than her predecessors.

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Bloch says, no: "Melania is buying, but she does not have limited options — she is married to a rich man and can buy whatever she wants!" The bi-coastal stylist, who served as the creative style director for Donald Trump's Miss Universe Pageant, praises Mrs. Trump's choices thus far, "She wears clothes well and has a great style, I rarely see her make a misstep."

The president's better half is technically not supposed to accept designer freebies, nor does the position come with a clothing allowance. And no, the taxpayers don't foot the bill either. The first family is expected to pay for clothing out of pocket though it is assumed special discounts are offered; dressing the first lady is not only an honor for most brands, it often results in a sales boost, as evidenced by Ralph Lauren's stock bump (from $88.19 to $90.13 per share) right after Trump wore the designer's sky-blue ensemble on Inauguration Day.

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Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during Grand Opening of 'W' New York Hotel at W Hotel - NYC in New York City, New York, United States.

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This picture provided by courtesy of Nena Bedek and taken in 1977 in Radenci, northeastern Slovenia, shows Slovenian-American former model and Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs)(2nd R) as a child, together with Nena Bedek (R), attending a fashion review of Jutranjka, the textile company where her mother used to work. Because of Melania Trump's husband success so far in the Republican race for the White House candidacy, foreign journalists and tourists have become a frequent sight in her birth region, set in rolling hills 60 miles from the capital Ljubljana.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the premiere of 'Celebrity' on September 25, 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Melania Knauss (Concord Model) At The Launch Of Concords' New Advertising Campaign. There Is Also An Auctin To Benefit Amfar.

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Melania Knauss Trump attends 27th Annual Fragrance Foundation Fifi Awards on June 7, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Donald Trump and girlfriend Melania Knauss are joined by Trump's former wife, Ivana, and her boyfriend, Roffredo Gaetaniat a party at Cipriani's on Park Ave. for the benefit of Rockefeller University.

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Melania Knauss Trump attends 37th Annual Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue Preview Party on February 22, 2000 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

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Donald Trump and girlfriend Melania Knauss are joined by a couple of Playboy Bunnies at a launch party for the Hugo Boss store at Fifth Ave. and 56th St.

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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss are shown in this 03 September 2002 file photo, as they watch Andy Roddick of the US play Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina at the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows, New York.

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Melania Knauss attends the private party hosted by Donald Trump's T Management for legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland at Ian Schrager's Hudson Sky Terrace September 17, 2003 in New York.

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Real estate magnate Donald Trump and Melania leave Hollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003. Hollinger publishes The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post and other newspapers.

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Donald Trump's new bride, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, waves as they leave the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2005.

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Melania Trump attends the J Mendel Spring Collections 2007 show during New York fashion week September 14, 2006.

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Donald Trump, entrepreneur and host of the television reality series "The Apprentice", poses with his wife and children Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, Melania and daughter Ivanka at the party following the live telecast of the finale of season five in Los Angeles, California June 5, 2006.

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Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump and son Baron attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 16, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

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Melania Trump during Celebs Toast to the New Trump Super Premium Vodka at TrumpTower in New York, New York, United States.

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Melania Trump and Andre Leon Talley attend ANDRE LEON TALLEY and RACHEL ROY Present Her Spring 2007 Collection at Bergdorf Goodman on October 11, 2006 in New York City.

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Melania Trump attends Michael Kors Fall 2007 Collection at The Tent on February 7, 2007 in New York City.

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Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump inside Madonna and Gucci Host 'A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF' at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City.

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Melania Trump, wearing Vera Wang, arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" in New York May 5, 2008.

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Melania Trump and her son Barron attend the 17th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO Schwarz March 11, 2008 in New York City.

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Melania Trump arrives at 'The Celebrity Apprentice' viewing party at Tenjune on February 7, 2008 in New York City.

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Donald Trump, Jr., Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump-Trump and Eric Trump attend the 'The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life' book launch celebration at Trump Tower on October 14, 2009 in New York City.

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Donald Trump and his wife Melania pose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion," in New York, May 4, 2009.

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Melania Knauss, wife of Donald Trump, arrives at her seat in the stands to watch an evening match during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 8, 2010.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the Michael Kors Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at TheTent at Bryant Park on February 17, 2010 in New York, New York.

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Melania Trump attends The Black Eyed Peas launch the Samsung 3D LED TV at the Time Warner Center on March 10, 2010 in New York City.

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Melania Trump attends the Philadelphia Style Magazine holiday issue release party at 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton on December 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Producer Brian Grazer, Donald Trump, Director Brett Ratner, Melania Trump and Sean 'Diddy' Combs attend the world premiere of 'Tower Heist' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on October 24, 2011 in New York City.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend Lady in Red Gala to benefit The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial at The Mar-a-Largo Club on December 2, 2011 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Melania Trump attends the 'The Dark Knight Rises' World Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

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Real estate magnate Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of the "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" exhibition in New York, May 7, 2012.

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Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Melania Trump attend the 2012 Operation Smile Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 3, 2012 in New York City.

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Dr. Richard Ash, DuJour Media Founder Jason Binn, Goldie Hawn, Melania Trump and Donald Trump pose circa September 2013 in New York City.

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Donald Trump, Melania Trump and son Barron Trump attend Trump Invitational Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago on January 6, 2013 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Melania Trump, the wife of real estate developer Donald Trump, attends a news conference in New York May 1, 2014. New Jersey's Trump National Golf Club, a course owned by Trump, will host the 2022 PGA Championship.

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Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend The New York Ball: The 20th Anniversary Benefit For The European School Of Economics at Trump Tower on November 19, 2014 in New York City.

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Read more: Melania Trump Had Plans to Cash in on Presidency With Her Own Fashion Brand

Joanna Rosholm, press secretary to former first lady Obama (who was known for her love of both high-end fashion and contemporary brands like J. Crew) said that Obama did not borrow clothing during her 8 years in the White House. Rosholm explained in 2014: "Mrs. Obama pays for her clothing. For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the first lady's clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. government. They are then stored by the National Archives.'' Laura Bush also paid for all her clothes, including her two inaugural ball gowns: a red crystal-embroidered gown by Texan designer Michael Faircloth and a silver and blue Oscar de la Renta. In her memoir Bush noted that she was "amazed by the sheer number of designer clothes I was expected to purchase" during her time as First Lady.

For her part, Kate Middleton follows a similar protocol, royals do not accept designer gifts. Middleton's official public appearances wardrobe funds — an estimated $80,000 for her eight-day official Canadian tour in September of 2016 — come out of Prince Charles's "Household" budget. Designer Katherine Hooker reaffirmed the idea that the Duchess of Cambridge buys not borrows by telling the Huffington Post, "[Kate] doesn't take free clothes, and I've heard that from other people who sent her things. She always comes to the shop, which is nice."

Adds Bloch: "As much as I loved that Michelle [Obama] mixed high and low and Kate [Middleton] does it too, Melania just isn't that girl. She is going to wear that $9,000 sequin outfit to Congress. I admire her for buying clothes and I think Hollywood can take a note."

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