Melania Trump's blush silk gown is a fashion departure for her -- and it's getting mixed reviews

The first lady stepped out with President Donald Trump for a reception at the Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. in honor of President Abraham Lincoln's legacy on Sunday -- and her gown of choice divided critics.

FLOTUS donned a draped silk gown by Monique Lhuillier (with matching pumps), and while some are saying she "stunned," others consider it a "fashion fail" because she "drowned her curves."

Take a look for yourself:

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on stage during the annual gala at the Ford's Theatre to honor President Abraham Lincoln's legacy , on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump walks on stage with US first lady Melania Trump during Ford's Theatre's annual fundraiser June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump leave after Ford's Theatre's annual fundraiser June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: First lady Melania Trump enters the Presidential Limousine to attend a reception at Ford's Theatre on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: First lady Melania Trump exits the residence to attend a reception at Ford's Theatre on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: First lady Melania Trump exits the residence to attend a reception at Ford's Theatre on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: First lady Melania Trump enters the Presidential Limousine to attend a reception at Ford's Theatre on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: First lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump exit the residence to attend a reception at Ford's Theatre on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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While the gown strays a bit from the belted, waist-accentuating ensembles she's been opting for as of late (see the gallery below for all of her outfits since Inauguration Day), we're not against the first lady experimenting with her style. There's a sense of relaxed elegance in this particular look that we think we can get behind.

Melania's choices are not without careful thought, either. Rumor has it that she's hoping to get "fashion revenge" on designers who refuse to dress her, and that reportedly entails getting boxes of designer garments delivered to Trump Tower daily.

This polarizing, sold-out Lhuillier number costs a whopping $2,595, but that's nothing compared to the $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket with which she raised eyebrows in Sicily at the end of May.

PHOTOS: All of Melania Trump's outfits as FLOTUS

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Melania Trump's Outfits as FLOTUS
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Melania Trump's Outfits as FLOTUS

FLOTUS dons a collaboration "designed by Hervé Pierre and Melania Trump" at the Inaugural Ball.

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Melania attends National Prayer Services on January 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. in Christian Louboutins.

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Melania arrives in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 3, 2017, in a red Givenchy cape-sleeve shift dress and red flats.

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The first lady attends the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala on February 4, 2017, in pink Dior.

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FLOTUS turns to The Row and Derek Lam to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017.

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Melania steps off Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport on February 10, 2017, in head-to-toe Michael Kors.

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US First Lady Melania Trump wears Calvin Klein as she tours the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017, with and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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FLOTUS stuns in a black lace number with POTUS, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (in Karl Lagerfeld) welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on February 15, 2017. 

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US First Lady Melania Trump wears Alexander McQueen as she listens as her husband address a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017.

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Melania's Michael Kors outfit for husband's first joint session of Congress left everyone talking.

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US First Lady Melania Trump wears Ralph Lauren for the White House for a luncheon on International Women's Day on March 8, 2017.

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Melania Trump donned Alice Roi while departing the White House on March 17, 2017.

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Melania Trump walks into the East Room dressed in The Row to attend an event celebrating Women's History Month on March 29, 2017.

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FLOTUS turns to Herve Pierre again for her meeting with Queen Rania of Jordan on April 5, 2017.

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The first lady arrives in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017 in a patterned, belted black dress.

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Melania Trump hosts China's first lady in a subtly altered $5,500 red Valentino dress.

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FLOTUS sports a Hermes scarf while visiting the Bak Middle School of the Arts on April 7, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

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US First Lady Melania Trump leaves the annual Easter Egg Roll in a pale pink sleeveless tea-length dress by Herve Pierre.

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Melania visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on April 22, 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland in a short, tan trenchcoat and black pants.

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The first lady wears a navy blue suit with a large belt on her birthday on April 26, 2017.

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The US first lady hosts Argentine first lady on April 27, 2017, in a green $4,115 ensemble.

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Melania wears a white eyelet dress as she takes part in a ribbon cutting for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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FLOTUS walks into the East Room for an event for military mothers on National Military Spouse Appreciation Day at the White House May 12, 2017, wearing wide-legged black trousers and a crisp white blouse. 

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First lady Melania Trump walks across the South Lawn on May 19, 2017, wearing an orange leather skirt by Hervé Pierre.

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US First Lady Melania Trump chats with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on May 20, 2017 in a Stella McCartney jumpsuit.

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First Lady Melania Trump visits the American International School in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 21, 2017 in a Ralph Lauren shirtdress and Saint Laurent belt.

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Melania Trump wearing Michael Kors during an official welcoming ceremony on Trump's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on May, 22 2017 near Tel Aviv, Israel 

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The first lady lays a wreath during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum on May 23, 2017, wearing Roksanda.

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Melania Trump wears a white fit-and-flare dress as she departs from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017.

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Melania disembarks from Air Force One at Fiumicino international Airport in an all-black ensemble on May 24, 2017.

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First Lady Melania Trump wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress and a black veil during a visit with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. 

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Melania Trump arrives at the Melsbroek Military Airport in Steenokkerzeel on May 24, 2017 wearing a Michael Kors gingham coat dress.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to visit the Queen Fabiola Children's Hospital on May 25, 2017 in a custom Maison Ullens leather suit.

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Melania Trump attends the official reception for the partners of the NATO chiefs at the Royal Castle of Laeken, wearing a black lace Dolce & Gabbana dress.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives for a visit at the Chierici Palace City Hall of Catania on May 26, 2017 in Sicily, wearing a $51,500 floral Dolce & Gabbana jacket.

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Melania Trump dons Dolce & Gabbana again as she attends the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra on May 26, 2017 at the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily.

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The first lady wears Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Louboutin at Naval Air Station Sigonella on May 27, 2017.

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First lady Melania Trump returns to the White House on May 27, 2017 in white culottes and a mint green cardigan.

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First Lady Melania Trump walks on stage in Monique Lhuillier during the annual gala at the Ford's Theatre to honor President Abraham Lincoln's legacy, on June 4, 2017.

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