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Melania Trump leaves White House in chic but somber black outfit

Melania Trump made clear that she is ready for a vacation after touching down in Florida wearing a vibrant patterned dress - having changed out of the somber all-black look she wore for her White House departure during the family's brief flight from D.C. to Mar-a-Lago. 

The 51-year-old's summery ensemble was a world away from the toned-down outfit she chose for her final appearance as First Lady, making clear that the mother-of-one is ready to leave White House life behind and fully embrace her new home in Florida. 

However, while Melania left her all-black look behind on Air Force One, she maintained her designer credentials, changing out of her pricey Chanel jacket and into a $3,700 Gucci dress before leaving the plane. 

Melania even changed up her footwear for a much more comfortable style, swapping her $795 Christian Louboutin heels for a simple, but pricey, pair of $625 ballerina flats by Roger Vivier. 

What a different a flight makes! Melania Trump looked ready for a vacation as she touched down in Florida wearing a colorful $3,700 Gucci dress, having changed out of the somber all-black ensemble she wore to leave the White House

Comfort: The former First Lady left her sky-high $795 Christian Louboutin heels behind on Air Force One, and instead donned a pair of $625 ballerina flats from Roger Vivier, which complemented the navy sections of her dress 

Here comes the sun: Melania even changed her sunglasses for her arrival in Florida, replacing the gold-embellished shades she wore in D.C. for a more low-key black pair 

The Trumps are the first President and First Lady to snub his successor's inauguration since the 1800s. While they landed in Florida, the Obamas, Bushes and Clintons watched in awe as Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga serenaded a crowd of 1,000 at the Capitol before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in.

Melania looked like a woman in mourning as she left the White House for the final time as First Lady wearing an incredibly somber all-black ensemble, complete with dark sunglasses, black Christian Louboutin heels, and a $70,000 Hermes Birkin bag. 

The 51-year-old held hands with her husband as he ended his time as President of the United States, with the couple walking side-by-side across the White House lawn, before boarding Marine One on their way to Air Force Base Andrews. 

Melania made sure to cement her status as one of the country's most fashionable First Ladies, donning a number of high-priced designer pieces for her final White House ensemble, including a very pricey crocodile handbag, a pair of matching $795 crocodile Christian Louboutin shoes, and long black gloves. 

Going out with a bang: Melania put on a very stylish but somber show as she left the White House with her husband for the final time, marking the end of his presidency 

Sending a statement: She donned an all-black ensemble for her final moments as First Lady, accessorizing with a $70,000 crocodile Hermes Birkin

Fashion-focused: Melania added several high-priced designer pieces to her look, including the Birkin bag, as well as a pair of $695 Christian Louboutin heels, and a Chanel jacket 

The mother-of-one chose a demure black dress, which fell to just below her knees, layering a chic jacket from Chanel over the top. Her long brunette locks were pulled back in a stylish updo, allowing her to show off bronzed cheekbones and a slick of nude lipstick.  

She did not wear a face mask, however she donned a pair of $440 Bottega Veneta shades to add an extra hint of glamour to the look. 

Upon the couple's arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Melania left her handbag with aides, and while she wore her large dark shades to head up to the stage with her husband, she removed them before taking to the podium herself. 

While addressing the crowd of supporters, Trump praised his wife, paying tribute to her 'beauty, grace, and popularity'. 

'Our First Lady has been a woman of great grace and beauty, and so popular with the people, so popular,' he said, before welcoming Melania to the stage to share her final words.  

Bidding farewell: Upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Donald and Melania both addressed a crowd of supporters 

Together: Melania held her husband's hand as they walked towards the stage together, both with smiles on their faces

Praise: Donald paid tribute to his wife's 'grace, beauty, and popularity', before she took to the stage to tell the crowd, 'Being your First Lady was my greatest honor'

Supporters: Melania stood by her husband's side as he greeted his children and grandchildren

'Being your First Lady was my greatest honor,' she said. 'Thank you for your love and support. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all, God bless your families and God bless this beautiful nation.' 

Melania then watched on from a chair on-stage as her husband made his final speech as President, during which he listed some of his accomplishments, before mentioning the number of votes he received in the election. 

He then briefly paid homage to those who have died of coronavirus, which dominated his last year in office. More than 400,000 American have died from the disease. 

Following Trump's final remarks, he and Melania greeted his children who had been watching on proudly during his speech - with his 39-year-old daughter Ivanka holding back tears as he spoke. 

The first couple then climbed the stairs of Air Force One and waved goodbye to the waiting crowds. The Trump children followed them up the stairs. 

It’s unclear what’s next for Melania and Donald who are bound for Florida, where they will take up residence at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort along with his children and grandchildren.  

There they go: Following Trump's speech, the first couple boarded Air Force One together 

Final wave: They said goodbye to their supporters, before the Trump children joined them on board the plane

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