Ivanka Trump is taking a page out of Melania Trump's style handbook — and she needs it now more than ever

  • On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump spoke on a panel about the state of women in the US.
  • The first daughter's outfit was a noteworthy departure, and it seemed to be a sign that Ivanka was taking a page out of her stepmother's style playbook. 
  • As Ivanka Trump faces scandals in the White House, first lady Melania Trump has only become more popular. 

Ivanka Trump is, once again, taking a page out of First Lady Melania Trump's fashion handbook. 

On Tuesday, as part of an event called "Conversations with the Women of America," President Trump's daughter and advisor spoke on a panel of women about the administration's efforts to advance women at home and work. 

Trump's outfit was a noteworthy departure from her typical appearance, as she swapped her typical trendy dresses for a sharp suit. 

It seemed like an outfit that could have come straight out of the closet of her stepmother, Melania Trump.

In fact, when Hope Hicks wore a similar suit, we saw it as a tip-off that the communications director had changed her fashion icon from Ivanka to Melania. 

Since Donald Trump began his presidential campaign, Ivanka has attempted to convince more progressive Americans that her father is a worthwhile politician. As a result, her fashion strategy has been to appear relatable. 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Ivanka Trump (R), Adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon (L) react as they participate in a Conversations with the Women of America panel at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The three-part panel features 'American women from various backgrounds and experiences who will speak with high-level women within the Trump Administration, about what has been accomplished to date to advance women at home, and in the workplace.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Ivanka Trump (R), Adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, speaks as U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon (L) listens as they participate in a Conversations with the Women of America panel at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The three-part panel features 'American women from various backgrounds and experiences who will speak with high-level women within the Trump Administration, about what has been accomplished to date to advance women at home, and in the workplace.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks attends an official dinner thrown by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. Picture taken November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks attends an official dinner thrown by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. Picture taken November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks attends an official dinner thrown by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. Picture taken November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks attends an official dinner thrown by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan November 6, 2017. Picture taken November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: First Lady Melania Trump cheers for the USA team during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games at Air Canada Centre on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.The Invictus Games is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and Women (WIS). This year's games will bring together 550 competitors from 17 nations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: First Lady Melania Trump cheers for the USA team during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games at Air Canada Centre on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.The Invictus Games is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and Women (WIS). This year's games will bring together 550 competitors from 17 nations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Melania Trump meets Prince Harry on day 1 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 23, 2017 in Tornonto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump stands with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) and first lady Melania Trump upon arrival to the UN headquarters on September 19, 2017 in New York City. He addressed world leaders for the first time at the annual UN General Assembly meeting. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 5: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose for pictures with senior military leaders and spouses, including including Gen. Joseph Dunford (R), chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and General Paul Selva (2nd L), vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, after a briefing in the State Dining Room of the White House October 5, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Trumps are hosting the group for a dinner in the Blue Room. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump await the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, meet with Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, second left, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Trump renewed his threat to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) just as Trudeau arrived yesterday in Washington on the eve of a new round of negotiations. Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, greets Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, next to Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, right, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, second right, at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Trump renewed his threat to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) just as Trudeau arrived yesterday in Washington on the eve of a new round of negotiations. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Melania, on the other hand, strives to be aspirational in her fashion. Her outfits tend to be sleeker than Ivanka's, with sharper angles. A sharp suit — instead of a softer dress — reveals the fashion divide between first lady and first daughter. 

Ivanka's new outfit could symbolize a new strategy for the first daughter. Republicans' perception of Ivanka Trump has dropped as the first daughter has been increasingly seen as a moderating force who makes an active effort to push forward certain policies.

With reports that her close friend Wendi Deng Murdoch could be a Chinese spy and the continuing drama following the publication of Michael Wolff's bombshell book on the internal divisions in the White House, Ivanka is in a position where she needs to change the narrative.

The first lady has managed to make fashion and a handful of apolitical causes her major talking points since the election — an achievement that former fashion entrepreneur and registered Independent Ivanka may wish she could have managed. 

Further, Melania Trump has only become more popular over the last year. In December, Gallup found that 54% of Americans had a favorable opinion of Melania — exceeding her husband's approval rating. 

Melania was, somewhat surprisingly, not in attendance at "Conversations with the Women of America." The first lady's office told CNN's Kate Bennett that she "had a previous engagement and was not able to attend." 

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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 05: Ivanka Trump backstage at the Jill Stuart Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 05: Ivanka Trump backstage at the Jill Stuart Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 05: Ivanka Trump backstage on cell phone at the Jill Stuart Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) American model Ivanka Trump. (Photo by THIERRY ORBAN/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) American model Ivanka Trump (close up). (Photo by THIERRY ORBAN/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Thierry Mugler surrounded by his models including Ivanka Trump and Audrey Marney. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Ivanka Trump back stage at the fashion show. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Ivanka Trump (R) daughter of Donald Trump, models during the showing of the Vivienne Westwood 1999 Fall/Winter collection at Bryant Park in New York 16 February. The show will run throughout the week. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) : 3/30/1998-New York, NY: Ivanka Trump wearing a metallic strapless dress at the Marc Bouwer Fall '98 Fashion Show at Bryant Park. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Fashion model Ivanka Trump models a red dress for Marc Bouwer's fall fashion show. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Portrait of American socialite Ivanka Trump as she attends a Marc Bouwer fashion show in Bryant Park, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
346727 04: Ivanka Trump poses February 17, 1999 during the Marc Bouwer 1999 Fall Fashion Show in New York City. Fashion designer Marc Bauwer has chosen an outer space theme for this show which is evident in many of the colors and cut outs in the dresses. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
346727 06: Marc Bauwer and Ivanka Trump pose backstage February 17, 1999 during the Marc Bouwer 1999 Fall Fashion Show in New York City. Fashion designer Marc Bauwer has chosen an outer space theme for this show which is evident in many of the colors and cut outs in the dresses. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump attends Zang Toi Fashion Show on September 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump attends Zang Toi Fashion Show on September 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump attends Zang Toi Fashion Show on September 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ivanka Trump during Zang Toi Fashion Show - Septembre 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Zang Toi and Ivanka Trump during Zang Toi Fashion Show - Septembre 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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