Before Jackie, a politician’s wife was never to detract attention away from her husband. And while many eyes were still on Jack, just as many were focused on his perfectly coiffed and outfitted other half. Her legendary ladylike poise was in place far before her Camelot days: she grew up between New York and an East Hampton estate, was an accomplished equestrienne, a society presence and debutante of the year in 1947. Upon her entree into the White House, Jackie hired Hollywood heavyweight, designer Oleg Cassini, to create her wardrobe -- though she gave him direction a plenty. The First Lady favored empire-waist gowns, sensible heels, gloves and streamlined suits with knee-length skirts and 3/4 sleeves. Besides Cassini, Jackie also pulled pieces from Dior, Givenchy and Chanel, the designer behind her most iconic look: the pink boucle suit and matching pillbox hat she was wearing when her husband was assassinated. Jackie's signature style changed drastically when she moved to New York -- wide-leg pants, silky blouses, printed Hermes scarves wrapped around her head, white jeans paired with black turtlenecks and ever-present gargantuan shades -- but she remained just as inspiring.
Signature items: sleeveless A-line dresses, low heels, cleanly tailored suits, oversized sunglasses, wide-leg jeans, pearls.
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