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Susan Martin weighs in on the politics of fashion

It might not be fashionable to talk politics in our divided nation.

But it's still fashionable to talk - and write - about fashion, particularly as it applies to current and future White House residents.

Since Election Day, we learned that the dark gray purple-lapel pantsuit Hillary Clinton wore for her concession speech was a Ralph Lauren design.

We read in the New York Times that, at the meeting over tea in the Yellow Oval Room on Nov. 10, Michelle Obama was dressed in "a purple Narciso Rodriguez dress with an orange aftershock sunburst curve" and Melania Trump wore "a streamlined sleeveless black sheath dress, a matching coat and Christian Louboutin heels."

Read the New York Times story "When Melania Trump Met Michelle Obama, Their Clothes Did Some of the Talking"

Also came the news that Michelle Obama appears on the cover of the December issue of Vogue. Melania's white jumpsuit at her husband's victory rally was by Ralph Lauren, while Ivanka Trump wore a powder blue Alexander McQueen short dress ...

President-elect Donald Trump, his son Barron, wife Melania, and daughter Ivanka during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 in New York City. Photo by Getty Images.

President-elect Donald Trump, his son Barron, wife Melania, and daughter Ivanka during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Shudder if you must, but of all the Trump-related topics people have been talking and writing about the last week, fashion is one of them. And not just what they wore, but sometimes what message that choice may be sending. Right down to the color or designer label.

Here are two more articles to check out:

For a Vogue story with photo gallery called "How Michelle Obama Became a National Style Treasure"

The December cover of Vogue magazine features first lady Michelle Obama, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue

The December cover of Vogue magazine features first lady Michelle Obama, (Annie Leibovitz, Vogue)

For a New York Times story with the headline: "Is Fashion's Love Affair with Washington Over?"

Hillary Clinton delivers her concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel. (New York Times)

Hillary Clinton delivers her concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel in New York. (New York Times)

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