It is no surprise that Jackie Kennedy Onassis is often cited as a style icon. The New York native, who was famously married to President John F. Kennedy until his death in 1963 and then Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, supported creative adventures in both the arts and fashion industries. Some of the designers she loved to wear included Oleg Cassini, Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy and Christian Dior. Although she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars purchasing chic ensembles — think a-line dresses, pastel suits and pillbox hats — her look was easily translated to American women and became affordable and attainable.
In the ’70s, Jackie’s style continued to evolve. She swapped her ladylike pastels and boxy separates for wide leg trousers, striped shirts, silk scarves, espadrilles and oversized sunglasses for daytime dressing and draped, patterned, glamorous gowns for evening. Until her death in 1994, Jackie O continued her reign as one of the most stylish American women.
In honor of what would have been Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ 83rd birthday on July 28th, we’re taking a look back at some of the former first lady’s greatest looks. Which of the inspiring images is your favorite?