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This is part 4 of a 10 part mini-series dedicated to fashion icons who not only defined their fashion eras but whose sense of style has stood the test of time. You can see more of this series by clicking on the ‘Ultimate fashion icons’ tag. I’d also love to hear about YOUR favorite fashion icons so make sure to let me know in the comment section below!
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Jackie Kennedy Onassis: The First Lady of Fashion
Although she did not like being called First Lady (‘It makes me sound like a saddle horse’) there is no denying that Jackie Kennedy was the perfect President’s wife. She not only spoke several languages, campaigned passionately for her husband and raised two children, but she also infused some much needed style and glamour into the White House.
Her fashion choices were closely followed by all American women who aspired to be her and copied her every move. During her years at the White House, she was famous for her sleeveless dresses (which were considered risqué at the time), her Chanel suits and pillbox hats. Her tailored outfits were always complimented by the perfect bag, a pair of gloves, layered pearls and some simple pumps. Jacquie’s sense of style also extended beyond Fashion and she refurbished much of the White House whilst she lived there. She was known as something of a ‘Hostess with the Mostess’ as well and her beautiful parties were famous for mixing dignitaries with poets and musicians.
After the tragic assassination of her husband and her subsequent 7-year marriage to shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Jacquie’s style changed dramatically. Her A-line skirts made way for wide leg trousers paired with black turtle necks, trench coats and head scarves. She also started wearing her now famous over-sized sunglasses. She moved back to New York where she lived a quiet life and became a book editor.
Throughout the rest of her life Jackie Kennedy Onassis (or Jackie O’ as she came to be known) continued to inspire people through her gracious character, contribution to the arts and conservation projects, and of course – her impeccable taste.
Signature items: sleeveless dresses, boxy suits, pillbox hats, pearls and preppy handbags during the Kennedy years. Flared trousers, turtlenecks, over-sized sunglasses, scarves and tailored trench coats during her reign as Jacquie O’.
Hair & Make up style: Fresh-faced, natural-looking make up. Defined eyebrows. Pink lips. Bouffant hair. Layered bob.