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Saturday, 8 June 2019

I Trumped Melania! She's the First Lady's Double - But as ALICE SMELLIE Proves, You Can Get A Millionaire Look Without The Donald's Wallet

First Lady's double proves you can get a millionaire look without The Donald's wallet
As this week's UK state visit proved, the First Lady always looks impeccably stylish. While I'd love to dress like her, with some of her outfits costing north of £50,000 a time, there's little chance of me picking up the same pieces. Perhaps this budget Melania could imitate her wardrobe for a knock-down price. After searching the High Street and online retailers for her state visit looks, I discovered it is possible to look positively presidential without breaking the bank

Ever since Donald Trump's political star ascended, I've started getting funny looks from friends and family.

Not, I hasten to say, because I've become a Trumpette but because they're convinced I bear more than a passing resemblance to his wife Melania. 

Get yourself the same look on a budget for £159.99Melania Trump's Stansted look costs £1,175
Melania's Stansted arrival outfit would set you back £1,175 but you can get yourself the same look on a budget for £159.99

On paper, Mrs Trump and Mrs Smellie have little in common. Clearly, only one of us is married to the leader of the free world, while Mr Smellie works in finance.

And while Melania is a statuesque 5ft 9in, even standing up very straight I only reach 5ft 5in.

While I may not always relish the comparison, one thing I would like to share with Melania is her wardrobe — as this week's state visit proved, the First Lady always looks impeccably stylish, with not a hair or hemline out of place.

While I'd love to dress like her, with some of her outfits costing north of £50,000 a time, there's little chance of me picking up the same pieces.

But perhaps this budget Melania could also imitate her wardrobe for a knock-down price? After searching the High Street and online retailers, I discovered it is possible to look positively presidential without breaking the bank.

All I needed to complete my transformation was a fake Donald all of my own. So with the help of a leading lookalikes agency, I was ready to go.

Here's how I got on — with authenticity ratings out of five . . .

Melania's Downing Street look would set you back £56,495Save yourself tens of thousands by getting the look on a budget for £239
You can buy Melania's £56,495 Downing Street Garden Party look for only £239 by shopping wisely

My Fair First Lady 

MELANIA: Dolce & Gabbana white and navy pencil dress, estimated at £7,000, bespoke Herve Pierre hat, estimated at £3,000, Manolo Blahnik navy BB pumps, £495.
ME: Hat, £168 (mudu.co.uk), dress, £68 (closetlondon.com), under shirt, £51.75 (phase-eight.com), belt, £45, (hobbs.co.uk), heels, £32 (dunelondon.com).
Melania clearly channelled Audrey Hepburn's Ascot ensemble from My Fair Lady with her wide-brimmed hat.

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