Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was one of the most iconic women in history and is known for her understated elegance and style. Although she was an icon who lived decades ago, her sense of style is still appreciated by modern women all over the world. First Lady Michelle Obama has been photographed in Jackie O inspired clothing as well as the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. If you are looking to add a touch of presidential elegance to your wardrobe, try incorporating some of the signature styles that made Jackie O an unforgettable fashion icon.
About Jackie O
Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, but known as Jackie O to fashionistas around the world, Jacqueline was the wife of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. As one of the youngest First Ladies in U.S. history, Jackie made her mark establishing herself as a fashion-forward socialite and as a representative for women of the west.
She is most known for her redesign of the White House interior and for attending many glamorous social events. After the death of President Kennedy, years later she remarried Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis and took on the last name Onassis – which inspired the nickname and Jackie O.
She was known for her stylish cat eyeglasses, over-sized square frames, and for her love of large-frame sunglasses. As First Lady, she had expensive tastes, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to replicate this look. You can easily buy discount glasses at any retail outlet or find designer glasses on sale to be incognito like Jackie O.
Perhaps Jackie O’s greatest contribution to fashion is the shift dress. The shift dress is a classic silhouette that features a slim fit and is hemmed just above or below the knees. Generally, shift dresses are sleeveless and can have a multitude of different necklines.
A shift is one of the most flattering dress types for almost any frame and can be paired with a host of accessories such as a cardigan and pearls for elegant simplicity. The staple dress can be made from a variety of fabrics – from a casual tweed or wool blend to a more formal satin or taffeta. For a modern approach to the shift, go online and check out some of the shift designs by BCBG by Max Azria.
Another Jackie O staple is the elegant but simple cardigan set. A cardigan sweater set consists of a camisole or tank top that is paired with a button down sweater or lightweight button down jacket. Surprisingly, cardigans have been around since the 1800’s and are named after James
Thomas Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who fought in the Crimean War. To keep your cardigan worthy of Jackie O, make sure to purchase it in white, cream, navy or pink. Also, remember to style it with understated jewelry. Jackie most often wore her cardigan sets with a triple or double strand of pearls and modest earrings.