If Princess Diana was the fairest princess of all, Jacqueline Kennedy was best dressed American First Lady ever.
Even before she became First Lady to the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier was already beautiful and adamantly stylish in her own right. Coming from a well-to-do New York family and earning her status as a socialite even before meeting JFK, Jackie had already unearthed style secrets thanks to her classy upbringing.
It’s no secret that she loved to shop and enjoyed dressing up. She favored European designers such as Oleg Cassini, Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, even as she was restricted to patronizing only affordable American apparel providers for some time.
When she and JFK finally became the youngest presidential couple ever to reside in the White House in 1961, Jackie officially became a style icon. Her boxy separates and pillbox hat look as well as her pastel a-line shift dresses and evening gowns won the approval of American women in the 1960s and easily became fashion trends.
And even when her husband, JFK was assassinated in 1963, Jackie was impeccably dressed, wearing that navy trim collared double-breasted pink Chez Ninon-constructed Chanel-designed wool suit, which inevitably became a part of (American) history.
Upon marrying Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968 and earning the moniker “Jackie O,” her style evolved, becoming more laid-back through the 1970s. She traded her colorful suits for black ensembles and even wide-legged trousers, turtlenecks and striped shirts, topped off with scarves and her signature enormous black sunglasses.
Up until the time of her death in 1994, Jackie O was venerated for her style and sophistication; for a a fashion sense that survived several decades and outclassed women of many generations, setting in stone the fact that she is one of the best dressed women the world has ever known.