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Style icons: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

When talking of style icons, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis comes to mind, the former US First Lady best remembered for her support of arts and fashion. Her loving restoration of the White House presidential home and management of social events were remarkable achievements. Not only was Jackie Kennedy popular among the Americans and abroad, she was also very stylish making a significant impact in the fashion world.

What makes Jackie O a style icon

If you're thinking of style icons, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is one of the most unforgettable persons. While Jackie was supporting art and fashion charities, she also liked wearing creations from high fashion houses. In a nutshell, her look was defined by clean lines and finely crafted clothes. If you conjure an image of the lady, you’ll find yourself thinking of A line dresses, pastel colours, tailored suits, and oversized sunglasses.

  • Major influences

French-born, American fashion designer Oleg Cassini was commissioned by Jackie Kennedy to design her wardrobe while at the White House. Famous outfits she wore included the fawn coat and gown on Inauguration Day. As a First Lady, she also accompanied President Kennedy to various trips abroad and thus, needed several outfits appropriate for the occasions. Although Cassini was the primary designer, Jackie also patronized other high end houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Coco Chanel.

  • Clothes

Her tailored suits consisted of a skirt falling to the middle of the knee while the jackets were usually of three-quarters sleeves. Dresses were A frames with or without sleeves. The pink Chanel suit she wore when JFK was assassinated was not only iconic, but also became a symbol for the American people.

  • Accessories

Kennedy's accessories included long or above elbow gloves, low heel pumps along with a pillbox hat. This look was an instant hit and was known as the ‘Jackie’ look. After she left the White House, her fashion style changed. She started wearing wide leg pantsuits, striped tops and shirts, lapel jackets and colourful gypsy skirts. She was also seen wearing jeans in public. Silk scarves from Hermes were used to cover her hair to avoid the paparazzi.

Apart from oversized sunglasses, Jackie loved jewellery. The triple strand pearl necklace was a signature jewellery during her White House days. Another favourite and famous piece was the ‘berry brooch’, a cluster of rubies and diamonds. Her own wedding ring was a creation of Van Cleef & Arpels. She also enjoyed pieces designed by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

  • Hair

Jackie made the bouffant hair famous along with personal hairdresser Kenneth. The hairstyle consisted of a short crop which is teased, curled and sprayed. When she first got married, she sported a short bob. She also wore her hair long.

A lasting sense of style and fashion

When it comes to style icons, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will forever be remembered. Her keen sense of fashion was outstanding because she chose solid, elegant and crisp lines for clothes and accessories which stood out in their simplicity. Above all, she had grace and dignity making Jackie Kennedy a great example of a timeless and true fashion icon.

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