By Jordan Koziol and Heather Hawkes
Honoring the legacy of John F. Kennedy, this week’s spotlight shines on a glamorous style icon: Jackie O. Radiating grace, poise and beauty, this First Lady revolutionized women’s wear in the ’50s and ’60s. She had such an impact that her name transcended into a code word for a chic and elegant lifestyle. Perhaps the best compliment to receive is, “How Jackie O. of you!”
Luckily for us, Mrs. Kennedy’s distinct style can be emulated by sticking to her mantra: dress simply, accessorize well. To capture the look, consider the following tips:
• Forget the Labor Day Rule: Jackie O. proved that wearing a crisp all-white ensemble is a go-to choice, regardless of the season. Although it may defy our dark-color instinct, rocking winter white has a blindingly glamorous effect. Choose weather-appropriate pieces such as loose knitted sweaters, fitted jeans and structured jackets. Bonus points for white lace.
• A Pearl of Wisdom: Minimal jewelry is very Jackie O. Take note from her famous line, “Pearls are always appropriate.” Simplicity will always make a louder statement than gaudy glitziness. That said, imitation pearl necklaces and earrings are a great finishing piece to any chic ensemble.
• The Ultimate Accessory: Jackie O. is known for her signature oversized sunglasses. Whether they were oval, circular or square, she was rarely seen without them. Without verbalizing it, these glasses convey, “No paparazzi please.”
• Glamorous Fixings: The iconic First Lady perfected the ensemble of a little black shift dress and crisp jacket paired with any of the following: a silk scarf, pill-box hat, clasp handbag or white gloves. Find modern and inexpensive accessories at Forever 21 to perfect your sophisticated glamour.
Whether you are a young professional or a fashion enthusiast, bask in the elegant legacy that Jackie Kennedy has left behind. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s death, we toast to the woman whose threads spoke louder than words. Long may she inspire the stylish.