Style Icon Series: Jackie O.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Everyone should have someplace they can go for fashion inspiration. Whenever I'm bored with my closet and get caught in a fashion rut, I browse through the famous looks of past style icons to get some fresh ideas to incorporate into my wardrobe. So to make such references easier, this blog will feature a Style Icon Series in which we will explore the iconic looks of some of the world's most fashionable women.

Icons like Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Kate Moss have managed to create styles that women have tried to emulate for decades. But what is it about these women that makes the rest of us associate them with impeccable style? Whether it's a classic look or bombshell status, each of these women has a distinct style that others recognize immediately as "Jackie O" or "Marilyn". They've all managed to achieve this recognition by claiming a few original statement pieces as their own. And when you have a signature look that other women want to copy, you have become a certified icon.

One of the most famous style icons is of course Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her signature look was simple: pillbox hats, ladylike dresses and suits with clean lines, white elbow-length gloves, a short string of pearls, and then later oversized glasses, trenchcoats and turtlenecks. Whether she was attending stately dinners or relaxing with family, Jackie embodied classic Americana and created a new twist on this traditional style for generations to come.

How can you become your own fashion icon? Know what works best for you. Jackie Kennedy once told Vogue magazine, "“I am tall, 5’7”, with brown hair, a square face, and eyes so unfortunately far apart that it takes three weeks to have a pair of glasses made with a bridge wide enough to fit over my nose. I do not have a sensational figure but can look slim if I pick the right clothes." Like all truly fashionable women, Jackie knew her strengths and weaknesses and played up to her assets. It's great to take inspiration from women we admire, but always do it in a way that stays true to your own sense of style. Being original (even if that means putting your own spin on a classic look) is a prerequisite to becoming a fashion icon.

These are some of the pieces I'd imagine Jackie wearing today. The black lady-like Dolce & Gabbana satchel is a perfect classic and goes with practically everything. I also think Jackie would've liked Victoria Beckham's sophisticated and feminine silhouettes. And whether it was a statement scarf or pair of gloves, Jackie had a penchant for accessorizing her ensemble with the right pieces. These Lanvin items - the yellow accented scarf and dark maroon short gloves - would add the right dashes of color to a neutral outfit.

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