Fashion diplomacy: Ivanka Trump's poise and style may just succeed in wooing North Korea

Ivanka Trump entered South Korea on Friday casually wearing a cream turtleneck and houndstooth coat. She later donned an all black dress for dinner with the South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Known to use fashion as a tool to shape her political identity, the first daughter will be representing the US at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang. On Sunday she will be leading the US delegation in the presence of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong.

The enmity between the US and North Korea is no secret, with the two countries trading barbs with frightening regularity. With Donald Trump's tweet that there couldn't be a "better" or a "smarter" person to represent the US, we look at one of Ivanka's best assets, her fashion. From her best looks as the first daughter, let us examine what attire can she flaunt to make peace with North Korea or strut her way out of nuke threats with smiles and killer stilletos.

Ivanka Trump in Hyderabad, India (Getty Images)

Remember the time she made her debut in India wearing London-based designer Erdem in a gorgeous brocade dress inspired by Turkish and English cultures? 

Let us not forget the day she took the crown to be an official first daughter. Looking ethereal in a sparkling champagne-colored Carolina Herrera gown, a favourite of all First Ladies, she did enough justice to her new crowned title.

Ivanka with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in November 2017 (Pinterest)

When meeting the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, she stunned the audience and mainly the millennials in a candy-floss coloured skirt suit by Italian label Miu Miu. 

Ivanka at the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, in Washington (Pinterest)

During the National Prayer Service, Ivanka walked the isle with her daughter dressed in burgundy suede pumps that complement her Oscar de la Renta wrap dress, while hundreds of women gathered outside protesting against Donald Trump's presidency. That is how you walk off the haters' in style.

The first daughter's controversial Roland Mouret dress during the president's joint address to Congress. Many labelled Ivanka as a "hypocrite" since she wore a dress made in the UK and which retails for $2,995 to a speech in which her father made a case against foreign-made goods. "Buy American and hire American," the president declared. Her bra strap on her off-shoulder dress was also in the news, but the hot pink dress looked incredible on her.

Ivanka Trump visited Jerusalem during the President's Middle East tour wearing a navy pleated skirt by Cédric Charlier. She accessorized the outfit with a navy fascinator and black clutch.

Ivanka Trump was spotted wearing a $128 ruffle midi-dress by J.Crew while walking through the Rose Garden of the White House in May 2017 (Pinterest)

Forget stripes, checks are back in vogue and on a sunny May afternoon in 2017, Ivanka Trump wore a checkered sun dress and paired it with tan heels and a tan bag.

Ivanka opted for a conservative look for her meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March 2017 (Pinterest)

The famous Trump daughter has also rocked a conservative dark blue dress with long sleeves and a high collar by livening it up with Tiffany & Co. starfish earrings and an American flag pin.

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