She was snapped wearing the $39 Zara khaki garment as she arrived at Andrews Air Base in Maryland Thursday, before boarding a government jet to Texas.
The first lady's visit to Upbring New Hope Children's Center today comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families.
When Melania Trump boarded a plane to Texas on Thursday her jacket gave off quite the message.
"I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe".
"Good luck", the first lady told them. She hoped she could help them reunite the kids with their loved ones as soon as possible. "She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families".
Democrats, along with much of the media, have been portraying the President, and consequently the First Lady, as not caring about these children, many of whom have been torn out of their parents' arms, kicking and screaming.
One girl said she had been at the shelter for two months.
Mr Trump said yesterday as he signed an order to scrap the policy: "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border".
"She's seen the images", Grisham told reporters.
Trump's order, an unusual reversal by him, moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings, but it does not end a 10-week-old "zero tolerance" policy that calls for prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally under the country's criminal entry statute.
It's not clear whether this jacket is a nod to those concerned that she is being too soft on immigration, or was simply a major wardrobe malfunction. The facility, operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former nursing home-turned-shelter that now houses almost 60 children between the ages of 12 and 17.
The more conservative bill would deny the chance of future citizenship to "Dreamers" - immigrants brought illegally into the United States years ago when they were children.
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.