There is undoubtedly an intense level of scrutiny surrounding US President Donald Trump's first foreign trip. But the women accompanying him - most prominently his wife, Melania, and his daughter Ivanka - have also received plenty of attention for what they chose to wear - or not wear. The first three stops on Trump's whirlwind world tour have included visits to sites and meetings with figures in the three major monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. And with such stops, the modesty and attire of the women accompanying Trump have certainly come into play. From Riyadh to Jerusalem to the Vatican, Melania and Ivanka have mostly played it safe in their clothing choices.Neither Melania nor Ivanka wore a headscarf during their time in Riyadh. Though Saudi law requires women to cover up in public, including their hair, foreign officials are not bound to the rules, and first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also went with their heads bare on official visits. Though at the time of the Obamas' trip, Trump tweeted criticism of Michelle's decision - "they were insulted. We have enuf [sic] enemies" - Melania still went without.
At dinner Monday night with the Netanyahu family, Melania wore a floor-length black gown with sheer, lacy sleeves.
On the family's second day in Israel, which included a visit to Yad Vashem, Melania opted for a sleeveless, knee-length white dress, while Ivanka also went with a white, in a modest long-sleeved lace dress.
Without a skipping a beat, the First Family then set off for Rome, where they met Wednesday at the Vatican with Pope Francis.
As we remember this dark time in history of human suffering, let us recommit to never forget the lessons of the HolocaustMandel Ngan, AFP pic.twitter.com/JpmrNa3Iwa— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 23, 2017
There the two women both stuck close to tradition, wearing very modest all-black ensembles, and donning black veils. The Vatican dress code requests that women wear black and cover their hair with the traditional mantilla. Melania opted for a closely-cropped veil, while Ivanka chose a larger, airier look. Former first ladies Obama and Bush also wore black veils during meetings at the Vatican.
Ciao Roma pic.twitter.com/Kl95jX0lsr— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 23, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel did wear all black when she met Pope Francis at the Vatican, but she opted to go without the veil. With the Trumps heading next to Brussels and then Sicily, it is likely the women will get to lighten up a little in the wardrobe department, with more bare arms and more colorful looks.