The coat, whose design has been daubed on the back in a white paint-effect style, had been taken off by the time she landed in McAllen and traveled to a shelter there.
Just in case it wasn't clear the first time, FLOTUS chose to wear the jacket again as she deplaned at Andrews Air Force base upon her return to Washington D.C. It was 82 degrees and muggy when she arrived.
A teen who bought the $39 hooded rain jacket (which I could no longer find on the Zara website) in a fit of fashionable rebellion wouldn't raise an eyebrow.
Although it's unlikely that Trump was sending a deliberate message with her wardrobe choice, the optics are still bad, especially after weeks of the president passing the buck to Democrats to pass legislation ending his own policy.
President Donald Trump also weighed in.
However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains in effect. Grisham told reporters on the trip that the visit was the first lady's idea, and she planned the visit before the president signed his executive order.
The students are among 58 at the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, where Mrs. Trump made a surprise visit Thursday. Some of the young people were children taken from their parents at the USA border with Mexico.
She visited a schoolroom and chatted with about 20 young girls and boys. Her choice of accompanying garment, though, has left many to speculate on her true feelings about the policy that has so far left over 2,300 children stranded away from their parents. "Nice to meet you". In one classroom, children were being taught about the July Fourth Independence Day holiday.
Students welcomed her with a large paper American flag taped to a wall that they'd signed. Melania Trump added her signature.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson, defended Melania's case by saying, "It's a jacket".
Video footage of children locked in cage-like enclosures have attracted condemnation and outrage, with Mrs Trump herself advocating an end to the separations.
"I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness", she said.
The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored and higher-priced wardrobe.