Saturday, 27 June 2009

Fashion in Politics: Jackie Kennedy

This series of posts could not be complete without Jackie Kennedy. She was stylish and elegant and always looked so well put together. She was the first real woman in politics who had style.

She had timeless style and pure class. She dressed really well and was presentable in accordance with the role as first lady, but she was also a trend setter and women everywhere copied her style. She was very bold for a woman in the 1960's. She wore trousers, when it was the norm for women to wear skirts and she wore them in a very feminine and graceful way.

She was best known for her sharp little suits and her matching pill box hats. Along side these she was also known for her mini dresses, flat shoes and large sunglasses. She was very elegant, as you can see in this picture of her in the white dress.

She was also known for wearing European couture dresses, which was unheard of for a first lady to do in the 1960's.
She had immense harm and really was very beautiful. She was young, glamorous and very dignified, which was perfect for a first lady to be. She had gorgeous wide eyes and a lovely big smile.

She was also a huge fan of designers. She was great friends with Valentino and Gucci even named a bag after her in 1999, which was a huge success. She also loved Armani, Carolina Herrera, Chanel and Lacoste. This pink dress she's wearing is wool and is from Chanel.
She could afford such luxurious brands then because of her lifestyle. She came a very wealthy family and could easily live the lifestyle of constantly wearing Givenchy and Chanel.

She also started the trend of wearing pearl necklaces. She never wore excessive amounts of jewellery, and often just wore a delicate pearl necklace around her neck.

However, she also pulled off the casual look very well, and was often spotted in GAP clothes and t-shirts paired off with jeans, before jeans were fashionable. She was also seen in a lot of black turtlenecks and was very often in a black and white combination. her favourites to wear in her later life were white jeans and black turtlenecks along with her trademark large sunglasses.

She knew what worked for her and didn't follow the herd when it came to fashion. She was the first to wear trousers and she was well known for wearing sleeveless dresses, which is a trend followed by Michelle Obama.

Her style changed over the years, with her life experiences. Everytime there was a major change in her life, you could see a change in what she was wearing, in reflection to her life. I think this was very good. She knew exactly when to change her style according to what was going on in her life and her age. She didn't try to be young for too long. She knew how to age gracefully and she remained graceful throughout her life.

"What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?
" - Jackie Kennedy

Sherin xx


Cafe Fashionista said...

I love this post. Jackie O had such impeccable, sophisticated style. How could you possibly resist her?!

a frock a day said...

I love this post. She is a true style icon. My mom had tons of books about the Kennedys and I loved looking at all her pictures. She made elegance look so easy.

Eri said...

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La Couturier said...

Jackie O.

A woman worthy of being an idol & style muse/icon. I adore her & Michelle Obama!

La C.

FashionConsciou$ said...

Definately agree! Beautiful photos - love the white skirt suit!

Tasha said...

I love Jackie Kennedey's fashion style! I'm so glad you included her! She was so chic and definitely a classic beauty! Those last two pics of her are amazing! I love those sunglasses! :)

Bayu Probo said...

Her style make her as a pop culture ikon. May be we do not recognize her as a US first lady, but we always remember her style.

shopgirl said...

Goregous pics of Jackie K! Love the Fashion in Politics entries. Check out my blog - I wrote an entry recently on fashion and politics. xx

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