Why Everyone At Trump’s UK Visit Might Have Graced The Event In White
By Yimin Huang, 05 Jun 2019
US president Donald Trump’s arrival in the UK has understandably divided reception. He also attended a banquet on Monday night with British royals, and the full-white ensembles of the women in attendance has baffled many.
The banquet was attended by an estimated 150 important guests, such as Prince Charles, Prince William, Camilla and Kate Middleton. Melania Trump wore long white gloves, as did the Queen. The group at Buckingham Palace all wore matching outfits, with the men in unanimously black-and-white tuxedo and the women in long white dresses that reached the ground.
Traditionally, a white-tie affair just means women have to be in a long gown and men should be in full tuxedo. It does not dictate the color of their outfits.
Marie Claire’s exclusive royal wedding expert and British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano, conjectured that white complemented the royal blue sash better. In fact, Kate Middleton wore her blue sash for the first time to reflect her membership of the royal Victorian order.
She also said it appeared that the royal women were first asked to wear white and Melania Trump was advised to do the same, since unanimous white looked classy and neat.
White is also classically deemed an elegant and graceful color.
These, of course, are good guesses at best. Given that the Obamas also wore white as they met up with the Queen way back in 2011, white could well be an official dress code.
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