First Lady Melania Trump hosted a “Recovery at Work: Celebrating Connections” roundtable at the White House on Thursday to discuss drug addiction and recovery.
For the roundtable discussion, Melania wore a navy and white silk polka dot dress from Gabriela Hearst. She previously wore this dress last June at the Congressional picnic to celebrate the start of summer.
From the designer Resort 2020 lookbook, the navy polka-dot print Descartes shirt dress features long sleeves with button cuffs, a pointed collar, two chest patch pockets, side seam pockets, and a buttoned front that is nipped in by a detachable belted waist. It retailed for $1,990 and is on sale for $796 at MatchesFashion.com.
Melania completed her look pairing this navy and white polka dot dress with a chunky black belt from Michael Kors. The black wide leather belt from Michael Kors Collection Spring 2017 is currently unavailable for purchase. As for footwear, Melania went with one of her favorite, teaming it with a pair of black patent leather pumps from Christian Louboutin. The So Kate pointed toe pump retails for $695 and is available for purchase at Nordstorm.com.
If you love the polka-dot midi dress style, below are affordable options for under $100. Team it up with a pair of black belt and pumps to complete Melania’s outfit of the look.
At the “Recovery Works: Celebrating Connections” a roundtable discussion at the White House in recognition of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, Melania joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and spoke about the importance to openly address and remove the stigma of recovery and addiction.
“Finding solutions to our nation’s drug problem has always been something I’ve cared deeply about, especially when it comes to its negative effects on children and families,” Melania said. “Today, we are here to highlight two important things in recovery: the power of recovery tools and resources in the workplace, and the role of personal connection to others plays in achieving sobriety.”
The First Lady was joined by ONDCP Director Jim Carroll, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, First Lady of North Dakota Kathryn Burgum, and recovery-friendly employers and their employees.
Melania emphasized her ‘Be Best’ initiative expands on these two themes by promoting “healthy relationships and strong families,” and “supporting people and programs in communities” to give children their best chance to succeed.
“The coronavirus pandemic has increased feelings of loneliness and sadness. For vulnerable populations, it has also increased the risk of substance abuse. But the American people are strong and always set-up to help one another in times of need. My husband and this Administration are also committed to making sure no one is left behind and the forgotten man and woman are forgotten no more,” Melania said.
“Our nation’s drug problem will not be solved by one person,” Melania continued. “It will take champions and care, families, communities, places of worship, and people like you, coming together to give our children the very best future.”
Melania concluded by noting that, “in my time as First Lady, I have traveled to hospitals and rehabilitation centers around the county and have seen the devastating results of drug abuse and addiction. I have learned that addiction and drug abuse are universal issues that do not discriminate based on income, age, race, or wherever you live. I believe that promoting education and awareness on this issue is critical to overcoming this terrible trend, which is why I am joining you here today.”
“Our nation’s drug problem will not be solved by one person—it will take families, communities, places of worship, and many more coming together to help those who are vulnerable,” Melania said.
September is National Recovery Month for those who have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. President Trump on Monday issued a proclamation officially commemorated Recovery Month.
Thank you @ONDCP Director Jim Carroll, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, @Surgeon_General Jerome Adams, and all of those in recovery & their employers who bravely shared their stories with us at the @WhiteHouse last week. #RecoveryMonth #BeBest pic.twitter.com/rIH8uHKoQk— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 8, 2020