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Jacqueline Kennedy in Venezuela during December 1961 trip to South America. Source JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. Author Cecil Stoughton, White House. This file is a work of an employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, it is in the public domain.

Did you ever wonder how your childhood style icons may have impacted your personal style? Despite growing up in Europe, one of my favorite style icons was the former FLOTUS of the USA. Take a look at how her iconic looks affected how I like to dress.

  1. Collecting Photos of Style Icons
  2. Jackie O.’s Style of Sunglasses Became a Classic
  3. I Bought my Childhood Dream Sunglasses
  4. The Young Mrs Kennedy Weekend Style
  5. Wrapping Up

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Collecting photos of style icons

In my childhood, Jackie Kennedy or Jackie Onassis as her name was at that time, was someone of the many celebrities whom I admired for their great style. Growing up in Europe celebrities also included the various Princesses, Duchesses, Queens, etc. Like many gals my age at that time, I cut out celebrity photos from my grandma’s magazines. Of course, I had my granny’s permission. Most of my girl friends cut out photos from the red carpet and all the women of the aristocracy. Gowns and crowns where their hot thing. Interestingly, I always cut out Jackie. She was my style icon on how to look classy and sophisticated. She surely had the secrets to achieve ageless personal style at her fingertips.

In retrospective, I was crazy about her cool signature sunglasses. Obviously, she had a collection of supersized sunnies. It was written in the tabloids that when she left the house, she just took one from the jar in which she stored them.

Would you put a pair of Chanel glasses in a jar?

Sure I also like how she dressed as First Lady of the United States – the skirt suit or dress plus matching cropped jacket style that is today known as Jackie Kennedy costume. However, I like her later 70s looks better. Maybe there is something to the saying

Style gets better with age. - Unknown #fashionquote #HighLatitudeStyle Click To Tweet


stylist in cardigan, shirt, pantyhose, Mary Janes and straight bottom
Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Oliveo chambray shirt, G-III red suede skirt, Jones New York striped cardigan, Apostrophe Mary Janes, pantyhose and DIY necklace (all own)

Jackie O.’s Style of Sunglasses Became a Classic

Last year, when browsing online stores for buying my “annual addition of sunnies”, I stumbled upon the Jackie O sunglasses. Well I dismissed to buy them and went for the street style cool purple mirrored sunglasses instead. Last year I thought the Jackie Os are such a classic, but I was not sure whether I would actually wear them. My hesitation was about their huge size. They are covering a lot of face! As a child I was never sure whether it was just a fashion thing or whether Jackie tried to hide behind the sunglasses. When you are not sure about which frames are right for you, you can find it out with this free face shape finder.

I Bought my Childhood Dream Sunglasses

One day Jackie O sunglasses again made my shortlist and they finally scored. I thought I give them a try and bought my pair of childhood dream sunglasses. Here they are! What do you think? I was really surprised that they look sort of interesting on me. May be it is the fact that they actually hide 1/3 of the face. What surprised me even more, is how often I actually wear them!

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stylist in American Classic spring outfit with Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses
Burberry Trench coat over G-III red suede skirt with Celine bag, Apostrophe Mary Janes, and Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses (all own)


The Young Mrs Kennedy Weekend Style

Another outfit of hers that became iconic is her weekend look in light capris and a fine knit short sleeve sweater at the beach. A real American Classic look.

mature weekend look with leather capri

over 50 years old woman in leather pants summer outfit

fashion blogger in casual summer look
A classic Jackie Kennedy inspired outfit to stay warm on a chilly summer evening. Star denim jacket, knit sweater, capri and nude Anne Klein slingbacks to elongate the legs


Pearls Were Another Signature Accessory

When it comes to other accessories she is famous for, it is wearing pearls. A famous quote of hers is

Pearls are always appropriate. Jakie Kennedy #quote #styleicon Click To Tweet

Wrapping Up

No matter who your style icon was, take the inspiration. However, make the look your own. In the example with the skirt, the material (suede leather) is so me. In the look with capris, adding a denim jacket is so me.

Don't be a copy cat. Take the inspiration and make it so you. #agelessstyle #highlatitudestyle Click To Tweet

Like the skirt outfit? You might also like to see how I wore this skirt in fall with another cardigan and a vest.

What are your favorite sunglasses? Did you have a style icon when you were a kid? Who was it? Do you still like her style? Let me know, I am curious.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm
Photo of Mrs Kennedy: This photo is a work of an employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, it is in the public domain.

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