WITH a new First Lady entering the White House (but not, as has been reported, until Melania Trump’s son Barron completes his schooling in New York), it’s a great time to reflect on past First Ladies.
While Michelle Obama deserves her own place in style history as the chicest First Lady in the White House since Jackie Kennedy, it was Jackie’s fresh and modern appearance that breathed new life into the White House and left a lasting legacy.
The former First Lady loved to wear Oleg Cassini, Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy and Christian Dior. Her chic ensembles — think A-line dresses and skirts, pastel suits and pillbox hats, layers of pearls and gloves — and simple approach easily translated to modern American women.
But even after the passing of her beloved JFK in 1963, Jackie’s style continued to evolve. Later, after marrying Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, she embraced a more relaxed European style swapping her ladylike pastels and boxy separates for capri pants, silk scarves, espadrilles and oversized sunglasses. She brought Lilly Pulitzer print dresses, little black dresses, three-quarter sleeves, big sunglasses, jewelled sandals and silk scarves to the masses. And remained one of the world’s most stylish women until her death in 1994.
In celebration of what would have been the former First Lady’s inauguration day 56 years ago — and Natalie Portman’s portrayal of her in the new movie Jackie — let’s take a look at some of her most memorable style moments.
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