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Jackie Kennedy has been a style icon for women all over the United States since even before her tenure as First Lady. It may be 2017 now, but women still look to her for fashion expertise. The following are five ways you can add elements of Jackie Kennedy’s classy and elegant look to your own wardrobe.

1) Black and White

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Classic black and white was one of Jackie Kennedy’s most popular looks. She often chose to wear a black top and white pants, paired with simple accessories, or no accessories at all. Above, she is pictured in Rome, along with her young son, while sporting this style. This look is casual yet classy, and incredibly easy for anyone to pull off. A flowy black shirt and white beach pants, with sandals or flats, can also be a fun, modern variation of this outfit.  

2) Pearl Jewelry

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Pearls are a classic, elegant way to pull together any outfit, whether in the form of a necklace, earrings, or even accents on a handbag. They were also one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorite accessories. She is pictured above wearing an elegant salmon Oleg Cassini dress with a simple pearl necklace, while on a trip to India. Don’t want to invest in a set of real pearls? That’s fine; some of Jackie Kennedy’s were faux as well.

3) Eye-Catching Sunglasses

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There is nothing like a pair of eye-catching sunglasses to add drama and fun to any outfit. Jackie Kennedy loved to wear large sunglasses to add the perfect amount of mysterious beauty to her look. Above she is pictured owning this style while strolling down a sidewalk. Even if you choose subtler sunglasses than Jackie’s, they can add the perfect finishing touch to your summer style.

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4) Classic Resort Wear

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Jackie Kennedy is pictured here on vacation with her family while wearing a polka dot Lilly Pulitzer outfit – she spent her relaxation time in style. Colorful resort wear is a fun, whimsical look for summer even if you aren’t on a tropical getaway like Jackie. Lilly Pulitzer is just as in style now as it was when she was First Lady, and newer brands such as Vineyard Vines have also taken off since then.

5) Prints, Patterns, and Details

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Jackie Kennedy wore pretty prints and patterns perhaps more than anything else. She loved details and colors that made her clothes pop. Above, she is pictured in a green dress with a subtle pattern while enjoying a picnic. Bold patterns are rarely a fashion mistake – they are almost always perceived as fun and exciting style choices. Countless current brands are filled with printed and patterned pieces – whether more preppy, casual, or mainstream.

Not only is Jackie a style icon, but also a classy, graceful example of what a woman can be if exudes confident.

Katie M
Katie is a liberty-loving follower of Jesus residing in sunny North Carolina. She strives to empower young women to become leaders and activists for important causes. She loves crafting ideas and proving points and competes in debate and mock trial. Outside of politics, she enjoys music, dance, good books, and good tea.

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