February 2012

Anna Wintour has her bob and Karl Lagerfeld has his pristine ponytail and gloves.


Jacqueline Kennedy was all about the sunglasses



People started buying and sporting these oversized sunnies when Jackie wore them, not realizing that she used them to balance the size of her head and the spacing of her eyes. This was a woman who had studied her features and knew what to conceal and to accentuate.

Looking crisp and cool with her dark-top-white-bottoms uniform and the Gucci tote named for her. Jackie’s chin resembles the edge of a crescent moon and the shades balanced her look.


In Madrid, Jackie dressed up her jaunty bouffant and cream colored shift with her oversized sunglasses (a little bit more octagonal here than round frames).


As First Lady, Jackie’s shades were not quite as large or as round. Here she sports them with a nautical attire; JFK’s wayfarers look way better, cooler, more hip (except the for the socks).


Jackie, in her element, in Italy 1962, wearing pastels and white and sunnies, which optically widened her face to even out the squareness of her jaw.



Matching black-and-beige attire and cruising in a golf cart – can they be any more effortlessly glamorous? I prefer Jackie in side-swept bangs as it softens her face considerably. JFK rocks those wayfarers once again. If one thinks anyone can look as sophisticated in such accessible accessories, check out Lem Billings (?) to JFK’s right – he doesn’t measure up quite as much.

I read in the biography of Pamela Harriman that Jackie showed up in Leland Hayward’s funeral in white – from her shades to her slacks. This is one picture where Jackie wears all-white – I love how those white sunnies complement her hoodie and contrast the colorful stripes of her top. And JFK smiles on in those wayfarers. He certainly knew his signature look.


In her sixties. Only Jackie can lounge ON TOP OF THE WINDSHIELD, reading and still look elegant.


However, it was during the Onassis years that Jackie became known for her killer oversized sunglasses. Interestingly, she used the to disguise herself, her wide-set eyes so people couldn’t see what she was looking at and what she was feeling. However, it was a disguise in futility because these shades made her instantly recognizable.
















It’ll be summer soon and every fashion runway around the world has featured its two cents on the trend for SS: floral prints, pajama pants, etc.

For summer style inspiration, no one else has perfected the Capri outfit as well as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This is the first entry in a series of Jackie Kennedy Summery Style and it shall focus on Jackie’s fondness for scarves:


This a perfect snapshot of Jackie, still First Lady, summering in Italy. She chose a hot pink shift and a pink-and-blue plaid scarf to complete the look (of course, the Leica, the cigarette-in-hand pose and the Kelly bag make for fabulous photo accessories). Jackie’s head is considerably too big for her lithe, slender body and she used the scarves to tone down its size; occasionally, it seems to accentuate this flaw. However for the most part, she worked it into her look.  Jackie also has frizzy, nearly kinky hair, so it’s safe to assume that she uses it on a bad hair day. It’s an accessory she reserves for outdoor activities and for church.



Jackie in color, sporting scarves:

Jackie, cuddling with John, Jr. in the summer of 1963, in a Pucci dress.


Jackie totes the eponymous Gucci tote.




In nautical blue in 1962.

Jackie wore the scarves throughout the Onassis years as well:






Jackie also used her scarves as a kind of disguise from the paparazzi – and it completely failed because to this day it remains as one of the most enduring accessories associated with the icon that is Jackie O.