Trump Says DC Dress Shops Are “Sold Out”

The inauguration is just days away, and president-elect Donald Trump wants Americans all to know that lots and lots and lots of people are coming. And that means big things are happening are D.C. While responding to the New York Times regarding Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech about him, Trump said dress shops are "sold out" because of his upcoming presidential inauguration event, but — spoiler alert! — that's simply not true.

It makes some sense that a high-profile event like the Inauguration would mean an uptick in sales for fashion boutiques and other local stores carrying wardrobe wares for those who choose to attend the festivities. People want to get all dressed up for the big event, and, to be fair, there will likely be a lot of personalities in attendance who have the sort of money to spend at specialty stores with a range of fashions. According to the Times, Trump said, while speaking about Streep's speech about him:

We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.
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But that hasn't actually been the case, according to several stores questioned by the team at Apparently Intermix, White House Black Market, Cusp, Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom stores in the D.C. area all have options in stock.

It's not totally off-base to assume that these stores would be busy in the weeks leading up to the big day. But as it turns out, Trump's inauguration? Apparently it's not such a big deal when it comes to dress sales.

According to, the local Bloomingdale's in the DC area said:

...there's "not a lot of traffic" when it comes to inauguration shoppers. It's not what was expected, but [we have] a few [people shopping for the inauguration]. We were expecting heavy traffic and it has not been that way. The last inauguration was a lot more people shopping.

You might be asking: why is this something Trump would even care about? Surely he has more important things to pay attention to, like, say, whether a revered Hollywood actress likes him or not. Well, as it turns out, the great dress question is in fact related to that very concern.


You might have heard that Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 8, and that as part of her acceptance speech, she "denounced him as a bully who disrespected and humiliated others," as stated by the New York Times. Trump was not impressed.

Another famed actress, Bette Midler, commented on the claims, tweeting that, "Trump claimed DC dress shops have run out of dresses for his inauguration. A lie! And ladies, if you do go, I suggest you wear metal pants," likely referring to Trump's now infamous "grab them by the p*ssy" comments.

Now, there's still over a week until the inauguration. And yes, there's always a chance that there'll be a massive run on designer dresses leading up to the occasion at the aforementioned locations.

But as for whether "all the dress shops in Washington" are sold out, as Trump has claimed? That's not just fake news, friends. That's a lie.

Who wants to place bets on when or if Trump will tweet about this before the week is out?