Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Look Like Jackie O and Stop the Show

You can’t keep fashion out of politics no matter how hard you try.
With the presidential election already over and done with, many women were fascinated by what the first ladies were wearing. This made me remember Jackie Kennedy and what an amazing fashion icon she was and still is.
Jackie Kennedy is known as the most stylish first lady in history. She is a political, social and cultural force. She has been copied and looked up to by women all over the world. She was born July 28th, 1929 in the high society of Southampton’s in New York. She grew up riding horses, and became a champion rider. She attended the top schools, living the preppy high-class lifestyle, and was a debutante. Whenever she was feeling down she would go shopping. This all influenced her sense of style over the years. Jackie is also most known for her marriage to John F. Kennedy. After the assassination of the president of the United States, she re-married to Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon in 1968, but the world was still fascinated with her. Jackie became a role model and trendsetter. Designer Oleg Cassini created her wardrobe for the inauguration in 1961. She told him she wanted him to dress her as if “Jack were president of France”.
The Jackie “O” style is very ladylike and appealing to women. Jackie's trademarks were the boxy jackets and pillbox hats, the three-quarter-length sleeves, the lace mantillas, the over blouse dresses and the sleeveless a-lines. Some of Jackie’s classic looks were the very popular big oversized glasses, suits in pastel colours such as pink and coral. She wore many dresses with bold colours, short jackets, and sashes, bows and ribbons were some of her signature looks. A very sophisticated look was what she was always after.

According to a book by Shelly Brand, and Sue Callaway “What would Jackie Do?” She loved wearing Chanel jackets double-faced cashmere and silk satin, A-line skirts, brooches, boat and V-neck, and some furs. She loved wearing jeans from the Gap. She loved shopping at Carolina Herrera’s stores, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Lilly Pulitzer, Givenchy, Lactose, Pucci, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Ave.
Even with so many years gone by, she still influences people around the world with her alluring, decorous style-setting.

5 Easy Steps
1. Choose clothing that compliments your body. Jackie always looked very well put together.
2. Don’t go overboard with designer labels. Jackie liked to pair a Chanel jacket with a pair of simple blue jeans.
3. Be able to match a dress and a jacket. Jackie was very good at doing this.
4. Try to mix casual and classic looks. Dress up a casual outfit with stylish shoes.
5. Accessories! Jackie loved wearing pearls, sunglasses and brooches.

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