Strong, elegant, and wise — Jackie Kennedy was universally adored. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis became famous because of her husband, but her personal popularity was utterly deserved. She helped many talented Americans, developed the modern American culture, and became a real pillar of support for her President husband, JFK. She was also known as an American style icon and the first "first" lady who brought high fashion into the White House. On Jackie's birthday, July 28, we're exploring her timeless style.
Less Is More
Minimalism was Jackie's best friend. There are hardly any photos of her wearing a puffy dress or a suit with extravagant designs or patterns. She always preferred laconic cuts and muted colors. Even the simplest clothes looked high fashion on the former first lady. She was also known for fusing comfort with formality. She gravitated towards vibrant shirts and looser silhouettes.
Jackie's comfy and informal outfits were pretty, but nothing compared to her ball gowns. Unembellished, with a simple cut, they still managed to catch everyone's eye. Her favorite gowns were longer, in white and pastel colors with a boatneck or without straps — they accentuated her neck and shoulder line perfectly.
All-white was a theme for Mrs. Kennedy. White symbolizes purity, perfection, loyalty, and also, according to psychologists, attracts people. So it is not surprising that this color became the first lady's favorite. Often she could be seen in a suit in this color (in fact, many people associate such suits exactly with Jackie) or in mind-blowing white dresses, which she loved to complement with white gloves and fancy hats.
Hats, Hats, And Hats
Speaking of hats, they were as much part of Jackie's calling card as her iconic suits. She loved different variations, from wide-brimmed to boaters. Most often she could be seen in a pillbox - it was Jackie who popularized this style of hat, both with fashion followers and future First Ladies.
Jackie's famous suits were frequently seen in muted colors. Of course, she could also be seen in black, white, and bright red, but still her favorite were pastel natural shades — sky blue, pistachio, purple. These ones suited her perfectly as they contrasted with her distinctive facial features and dark hair.
Yes, Jackie absolutely loved simplicity but she always complemented her minimalistic clothes with notable accessories. She could often be seen wearing her famous pearl necklace. Everyone has seen her iconic pearl necklace, but did you know that the pearls were fake? The First Lady purchased them at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1950s for about $35.