Today we are privileged to have the always fabulous Jen from A Place to Dwell guest blogging about the epitome of style icons, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Mrs. Kennedy is tops in my book of style icons (some might call it a little bit of an obsession!) and we are very lucky to have someone as chic as Jen from A Place to Dwell, who just happens to be a great wife and mom, writer, member of the Junior League, and blogger extraordinaire grace us with her musings on one of the most celebrated women of all time.
Thank you Jen for the great post and beautiful images of this true style icon!!
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The lovely Lily Lemontree invited me to guest blog about a figure I would consider a style icon. Hands down, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Style, grace, poise, charm – she had it all. Everything she wore – from summer shift dresses, to gorgeous suits and gowns, to a simple pair of white Capri pants with a cotton T and those “Jackie O” sunglasses. She personified simple elegance.
JKO was such a private person, especially after the White House years, and perhaps because she was so elusive this added to the mysterious aura that surrounded her.
It’s so different from many of these so-called socialites (Bravo’s Housewives, series, anyone?) who put way too much of themselves out there. They show no restraint. To say they are polar opposites of JKO is an understatement; yet you hear so many of them say they want to emulate her. Ladies, it’s never going to happen if you continue to behave in such a fashion, but, I digress…
One of the biggest influences JKO had on my own personal style was when I purchased my wedding gown. I wanted understated elegance and because my wedding was in the morning followed by a champagne brunch reception, I wore wrist-length gloves, like JKO. My wedding gown was an Oleg Cassini, who designed many of JKO’s clothes. Some of his designs for JKO have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the JFK Library. So, yes, perhaps I was channeling Jackie a bit on my wedding day.
She had a regal air about her, in her posture, stance, voice and how she carried herself in general. A true lady to the end.