Today marks one of America’s most beloved and iconic First Ladies, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s 88th birthday. She was the epitome of American style and elegance and set the bar for the way First Ladies’ dressed. Ever beautiful and sophisticated, women everywhere wanted to be her and emulate her style. She had impeccable taste in clothes but it was her signature accessories that truly gave her outfits a unique stamp.
Shop the Gucci Jackie Bag: Originally named the Fifties Constance, Jackie O was photographed carrying this hobo bag from Gucci so much that the fashion brand renamed the bag after her.
Shop the Cartier Tank Watch: Jackie was gifted an 18K gold Cartier watch with a black band and the engravings “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM” from her brother-in-law, Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwil. In 1963, she had challenged him to complete the 50-Mile Hike in Palm Beach. He finished the hike in 20 hours and had his start and stop times memorialized on the back of the watch. Fun fact: The watch sold at Christie’s New York for a whopping $379, 500.
Shop Silk Scarves: Jackie wore silk headscarves to go incognito and avoid the paparazzi but ironically, it became one of her greatest style identifiers. Scarves are an underrated wardrobe staple but they’re always classy and versatile.
Shop Women’s Sunglasses: Jackie often paired her headscarves with oversized sunglasses. She pioneered the trend and since then, designers have continued to reinterpret them in different colors and shapes.
Shop ‘Pearls Are Forever’ Collection: “Pearls are always appropriate”, Jackie O once famously said. Although she wasn’t the first powerful woman to don pearls, she showed women that these gems weren’t just reserved for special occasions but could be incorporated into their everyday wardrobes.