Melania Trump is known for making a glamorous appearance wherever she goes, but on Friday the first lady got her hands dirty while doing a bit of gardening at the White House – while still refusing to sacrifice her love of high-end fashion.
The 47-year-old spent the afternoon getting her hands dirty harvesting vegetables with students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C. in the White House Kitchen Garden, which was started by former First Lady Michelle Obama, wearing what appeared to be a very casual ensemble of jeans, sneakers, and a fall-appropriate plaid shirt.
Ever the dedicated fashion fan, however, Melania’s seemingly-simple shirt was actually a $1,380 designer piece from high-end label Balmain – a far cry from the budget-friendly flannel shirts most people would choose for a day of gardening.
Melania Trump harvested and planted vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden on Friday with students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C.
The first lady looked ready for fall in a red plaid button-down shirt featuring gold buttons, a very pricey piece from designer label Balmain, which costs a whopping $1,380
The 47-year-old topped off her outfit with designer sunglasses and red gardening gloves
Melania opted to wear her long golden-brown hair down around her shoulders
At one point, Melania used her gloved hand to tuck her long hair behind her ear
Friday marked the first day of fall, and Melania was perfectly dressed for the occasion
The former model paired her high-end shirt with a pair of navy blue trousers, simple blue sneakers, designer shades, and, of course, matching red gardening gloves.
Although the temperature in D.C. was in the low 80s, Melania looked as cool as cucumber in her long-sleeve top.
Melania also opted to wear her highlighted brown hair down and loose around her shoulders.
Ahead of the event, the first lady’s office said the group was expected to harvest arugula, peas, radishes and Swiss chard while planting cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, carrots, kale, spinach and lettuce.
Most would assume Melania didn’t do too much gardening when she and President Trump lived in New York City, but she looked right at home while working alongside the children.
Melania paired her pricey plaid shirt with dark skinny jeans and simple blue sneakers
Photograhers took Melania’s picture as she arrived at the event with her gloves in her hand
Before they got started, Melania sat down with her legs crossed to talk to the students
Melania sat next to a table filled with bowls of vegetables as she leaned over to address them
The students looked attentive as they watched the first lady speak
It’s Melania’s first event in the garden started by former First Lady Michelle Obama
Melania worked side-by-side with the children while they were in the garden, which is located on the White House South Lawn
Melania happily picked pepper with the boys and girls she was harvesting vegetables with
Michelle Obama started he garden as part of her ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign to fight childhood obesity
Melania is continuing the tradition of inviting school children to help harvest and plant the garden
Melania looked focused while holding an orange pepper in her hand
Photos from the day see Melania bent over as she picked peppers and placed them in a large white wicker basket that she carried with her spare hand.
Melania did a little bit of everything, including using a garden trowel to dig up the earth and plant new vegetables.
After she was done, she used a watering can to water the new plants.
As first lady, Melania seems to be happiest when working with children, and Friday was no exception.
She had a bright smile on her face as she posed with the students, and at one point she threw her arm around one girl’s shoulders.
Although her eyes were shielded by her dark glasses, it wasn’t hard to see Melania was having a good time with the kids
Melania had no problem with the dirt while harvesting leeks with the group
Some dirt fell on Melania’s jeans while she was harvesting leeks, but she didn’t seem bothered by it
Melania looked right at home squatting in the dirt while planting vegetables with the kids
The first lady’s office said they were planting cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, carrots, kale, spinach and lettuce
Melania did a little bit of everything while working in the garden ahead of the weekend
Melania was photographed using a large watering can to water the vegetables they planted
Despite the temperature being in the low 80s, Melania looked cool in her long-sleeve top
It’s Melania’s first event in the garden that Michelle Obama had made a key part of her ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy eating.
The former first lady said last year she hoped the garden would symbolize a healthier nation and that future first families would also cherish it.
Earlier this week, Melania made sure all eyes were on her when she donned hot pink to condemn bullying during her speech at the United Nations luncheon on Wednesday.
The 47-year-old first lady stood out in a neon wool coat while addressing the spouses of other world leaders, among others, during a lunch held at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Melania‘s $2,950 coat from Delpozo featured voluminous sleeves and a matching wool belt that cinched her waist.
Melania and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford washed freshly-picked vegetables together
Melania took off her red gloves to wash the garden veggies at the table
The former model looked as happy while hanging out with the children
Melania stood in the center of the group as they posed for pictures together
At one point, Melania threw her arm around one girl and flashed a bright smile
Melania was grinning from ear to ear as she cuddled the young girl close to her
She paired the simple, yet elegant, coat with matching hot pink pumps and minimal jewelry as she let the standout color of her ensemble speak for itself.
Melania appeared to be wearing only two diamond bands on her ring finger as she took the stage at the luncheon.
Her highlighted brown hair was styled in loose waves around her shoulders, and she modeled natural-looking make-up to avoid taking away from her statement coat.
Not everyone was a fan of her fashion-forward look though. Melania’s bold ensemble caused quite the stir on Twitter, as critics compared her coat to everything from a pink garbage bag to a neon tent.
Fox News went on to report that Melania was the ‘victim of cyperbullies’ following the online criticism of her dress.
However, most viewers only saw her outfit from one angle, and the voluminous coat looked more flattering on the first lady when she stepped away from the podium
Melania donned hot pink to condemn bullying during her speech at a United Nations luncheon in New York City on Wednesday
The first lady’s $2,950 coat from Delpozo featured voluminous sleeves and a matching wool belt that cinched her waist
Melania wore a gray plaid suit and black pointed-toe pumps to the watch her husband speak at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday
She posed with one hand in her pocket as press photographed them upon their arrival
Melania looked poised as she called on world leaders to better protect children and lead by moral ‘example’ in rare public remarks.
The mother-of-one, who has an 11-year-old son, Barron, with President Trump, said adults must teach children not to engage in bullying while warning that kids are keen observers of their actions.
‘By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world that they will in inherit,’ she said.
‘We must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way.’
The first lady also invoked the Bible’s ‘Golden Rule’, saying: ‘As adults we are not merely responsible, we are accountable.
‘I hope you will join me in recommitting ourselves to teaching the next generation to live by and honor the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them unto you.’