Jackie Kennedy: Still a fashion icon [pictures]

  @ibtimes on June 16 2011 3:37 PM

The 1960's were considered to be a time for change, and that is exactly what first lady Jacqueline Kennedy did for White House fashion.  Jackie Kennedy became a fashion icon during her few years as first lady and her influence on women's attire continued throughout her life. Everyone fell in love with Jackie's grace and style largely because of her wonderful fashion choices. Jackie Kennedy remains a fashion icon today.

Jackie Kennedy loved wearing bright colors such as pink, yellow, red and ivory.  Her own personal fashion icon was Audrey Hepburn and throughout her life, Jackie's style would always feature the flavor of Hepburn's old Hollywood glamor. As a result, Jackie chose Hubert de Givenchy as her go-to designer since Givenchy created looks for Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.'

Jackie Kennedy's daywear generally consisted of simple sleeveless dresses, Chanel jackets and A-line skirts by Dior, paired with her signature pillbox hat, pumps, long white gloves and usually pearls or brooches.  For days around the White House or in the office, Jackie opted for a high-waist trousers paired with a blouse, turtleneck or cashmere sweater.  Jackie always completed her daywear with her black, oversized sunglasses - a trend that is still in style.  Her husband, John F. Kennedy, stated, She always looked comfortable.

For eveningwear, Jackie's style was generally a sleeveless look in a single color with a founded or bateau neckline as well as long sheath dresses that showed off her slim figure.  Jackie also loved backless or off-the shoulder gowns, which made her look like Hollywood royalty. Her shoes and accessories would always match her evening apparel perfectly.  A pair of white gloves was another signature accessory of Jackie Kennedy's.

Jackie Kennedy also knew the meaning of the word 'occasion.'  When traveling to foreign countries, Jackie always dressed accordingly to complement the customs of her host nation.  For example, when visiting India, her style was more conservative than what she would wear to an American event. It's this quality that helped foster Jackie's classic and classy sense of style and drew infatuation from people all over the world.

Jacqueline Kennedy's style still lives on in the fashion world.  Designers such as Givenchy, Chanel, Lanvin and Jason Wu create designs with the style of a modern-day Jackie Kennedy. Use the photos of Jackie Kennedy below to get inspired, along with the pictures of some modern day Jackie Kennedy pieces. Also, some tips on Jackie's style and where to find it today:

1. For jackie Kennedy casual, pair high-waist trousers with a sweater. Check out items from the Lanvin Pre-Fall 2011 collection

2. Jackie's classic pink is a must. For a modern spin try some pieces from the Chanel Spring 2011 Couture line.

3. Jackie ruled business casual and chic officewear. Lanvin Pre-Fall 2011 has looks for this Jackie style, too.

4. Jackie's daytime look was fun, feminine and a little bit flirty.  Jason Wu corners the modern market on that look.

5. And perhaps what Jackie was best-known for: her eveningwear. Jackie loved strapless or off-shoulder floor length gowns in attention grabbing colors. Jason Wu has a beautiful red gown that Jackie would have loved.

6. Jackie's wedding dress. Forget Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen, Jackie's wedding dress was made by New York City designer Ann Lowe and consisted of over 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta. Picture below.

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