Jackie Kennedy Fashion and Style

Jackie Kennedy was born as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28th, 1929 in South Hampton, New York and died on May 19th, 1994. Jackie Kennedy’s charm is apparent in photographs, live footages and most significantly at the glorious dinner held at Schonobrunn Palace on the 3rd of June, 1961 where she astonished Nikita Khrushchev Premier of the Soviet Union in an elegant shell-pink silk georgette chiffon gown embellished with sequin, designed by Oleg Cassini.

The Soviet Premier declared her evening gown “beautiful’. Jackie Kennedy acknowledged the power of image and clothing and employed it to mirror internationalism of the Administrations and the 1960s promise. For the dinner at the Versailles Palace, Jackie presented herself in an elegant ivory silk evening dress which was created by Hubert de Givenchy and embellished by Hurel with silk ribbons, silk floss and seed pearls. Her clothes became the focus of many shows and there were breathtaking display for others.

In addition to clothes, it’s her love for culture and arts that leaves a long lasting impression. The absence of pants and pantsuits is the demonstration of her lady-like etiquette in public. In all aspects of her life, Jackie was very much an individual and despite the magnificent designer clothes she preferred, it was the clothes she wore and not the clothes that wore her. Working with her designer Oleg Cassini, his team and her hairdressers, she established an image that mixed his taste in fashion with her new role. The clothes designed for her portrayed modern elegance typified by cleanliness, ease of movement and solid colors. After the end of World War II, socially prominent women such as Gloria Guinness and Babe Paley had slight differences in their taste of fashion and their influence remained confined to their sequestered world. Instead, movies, television and music guided women their way.

Jackie completely changed this dynamic. She succeeded in “redeeming fashion from the puritan ethic of sin,” wrote Marilyn Bender of the New York Times (in The Beautiful People, 1967). Jackie Kennedy was the perfect size standing at 5′ 7′, long waist, and small chest and weighed about 120-130 lbs. According to a book by Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway, she favored neutral hue, Chanel jackets, single color scheme, brooches and A-line skirts. Other classic Jackie Kennedy looks included black turtlenecks, oversized sunglasses, black sweater and Jack Rogers sandals. Jackie did not wear jewelry daily and her favorite shopping brands included Giorgio Armani, Lacoste, Valentino, Carolina Herrera and Saks Fifth Ave. She was referred as “geometrical goddess” by her designer Oleg Cassini.

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Top 10 Fashion and Style Tips For Women

1 – Know your body shape

Petite women should avoid chunky clothes and strong prints. Instead go for fitted shapes and soft fabrics, narrow belts subtle contrasts of colour and texture. Keep everything streamlined so as not to cut the body in half.

Busty women should wear eye-catching skirts (shorter if you are comfortable) and trousers, strong prints and colours or textures draw the eye away from the top half of the body. Wearing a single block of colour is thinning. Avoid eye-catching tops, instead wear long jackets that draw the eye down. Darker coloured tops which are loose fitting and waist hugging.

Pear shaped women should love vertical lines, V-necks and skirts with slits up the side. Straight of A-line skirts to just below the knee. Dark tights and shoes with colour or pattern in a blouse or top, tops should hang past the hips. Classic cuts on top in lighter colours draw the eye away from the hips. Accent the V-neck with a V or Y- shaped necklace.

Tall women should avoid tight clothes. Wear the right skirt length, too short or too long will be out of proportion. As with petite women keep everything streamlined, wear blouses over trousers so as not to shorten your top half.

Rectangular women should wear pattern. Feminine knit sweaters over skirts are great. Wear a round neckline and mirror it with a round necklace or scarf.

2 – Dress to suit your personality

Rock chick – accessorize and clash a little but keep it feminine.

Urban chic – take advantage of the wonderful high street fashion, stunning yet simple.

Sporty – Layer trendy casual clothes.

Arty – Taking the contemporary fashion and adding a dash of your own personality to spice things up.

Sexy – Sensual fabrics, curvy and delicious. A splash of colour and scent.

Retro chic – Great accessories, and a flare for those classic, all time looks.

Romantic – Classic cuts, tailoring and soft colours, lace, embroidery and pearls.

3 – The right accessories can make all the difference

- V and Y shaped necklaces draw the eye down

- Round necklaces fill the neckline

- Ultra long earrings elongate the neck

- A long, trailing belt elongates the legs

- The right hat can make an outfit

- Cocktail rings add fun and colour and a bit of sparkle to a casual outfit

- Scarves can be arty

- A matching jewellery set can bring an outfit together

4 – Wake up to make up

- Make your eyes sparkle with a contrasting eye shadow

- Open out the eye by highlighting down the middle of the lid

- Use black for a dramatic look

- Use grey for smoky eyes with a delicate pink lipstick

- Choose a red lipstick for a classic look but choose one close to your own natural colour for precision.

- When creating bold eyes, keep paler lips. When choosing red lipstick do paler eyes.

- Use the colour palettes made up by the manufactures instead of matching your own eye shadow tones. Blend the colours well.

5 – A bag for life

- For daywear a good sized leather bag in a classic style cut. This season gives you plenty of choice as to colour and texture.

- For evening wear the clutch bag is back or alternatively go for a shoulder bag with a chain strap.

6 – Keep everything in proportion

- petite people elongate themselves with a slim cut

- for slim hips wear straight leg trousers/skirts, avoid flared ankles.

- for curvy hips balance them out with an A-line skirt, not a bias cut

- to hide hips wear flared trousers and a classic cut top

- wear a blouse with a short skirt

- wear a trim jumper with a long skirt

- heels are always slimming

- wear the right jacket, length and bulk are important here

7 – Dress for the season

- in spring / summer wear the bronzer and shimmery make up

- for spring / summer wear lower cut and soft fabrics in bright colours

- in autumn / winter matte make up with slightly darker tones

- for autumn / winter wear natural colours and natural fabrics, knitwear, leather, cotton, linen

8 – Don’t mix styles

- less is more

- there are many trends this season don’t wear bold colours, metallics, animal print and retro glamour all at once.

- Pick one style per outfit and don’t go overboard, often one or two accessories will look fabulous with a simple outfit.

9 – Have fun with subtle changes

- have jewellery that you can mix and match each day

- change your parting

- wear a scarf as a belt

- wear basic clothes in unusual ways

- use a brooch on a ribbon as a chocker

- wear a long necklace or a scarf as a bracelet

- add cabochon beads to an old bag and use it again

10 – It all comes down to the basics

- a good pair of jeans go for comfort, there are lots of styles which are fashionable this year. It is important to try them on before you buy. If going for skinny jeans get stretchy ones. If you have curvy hips got for low boot cut jeans to show them off. If you need a little more room for thighs and calves go for a relaxed fit, or for the bum go for low waist, low pockets and balance things out with flared ankles. This season go for dark colours and textures.

- a leather jacket is an autumn/winter basic. Go for a good feminine cut, no need to look like a biker unless you choose that style.

- a classic suit if you don’t wear one to work is great for many occasions.

- a white blouse is versatile and feminine

- a proper coat again go for a feminine cut at a length that suits you.

- boots there are many refreshing changes to the classics this year

- evening dress think of the whole outfit before you buy and make sure you have shoes and jewellery to match, maybe get a versatile dress that can be dressed down for occasions too.

- high heels the shoes to dance the night away in

- appropriate bag barrel bag for overnight, clutch bag for evening, shoulder bag for day.

- Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the correct underwear. Start with a good foundation and the rest of the outfit will follow. Go and get yourself measured if you are not sure.

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Men’s Fashion and Style Tips #1

Fashion is no longer just for women. There are many ways that men can stay as fashionable and as up to date as their female counterparts.

Here are some great tips to help you look your best:

1. Stick with styles that suit you – Sometimes the trendiest clothing is not the right choice for you. If you have a personal style, stick with it. Otherwise, you’ll just look uncomfortable and that’s not the impression you want to give. That’s not to say you can’t change things up a little, but don’t try to become an entirely different person.

2. Invest in a few good pieces – It’s easy to waste your money on designer clothes, but not everyone can afford to that. Instead, focus on three key designer items that are necessary for every man’s closet. First, a nice pair of designer jeans. Get a classic cut that will never go out of style. Second, a nice designer button-down shirt. You’ll get a lot of wear out of this one. Third, a designer suit. These three pieces can get you through just about anything.

3. Don’t forget outerwear – A lot of people tend to focus only on their clothes, forgetting coats. You should have at least one nice coat that can transition from casual to business easily.

4. Don’t forget underwear – On the same token, you don’t want to skimp on what lies beneath. Invest in some high quality underwear in the style that suits you. These will last much longer than the cheap kind and they are a lot more comfortable. When you’re comfortable down there, you’re comfortable everywhere.

5. Get some great tees – T-shirts are versatile and a necessary part of everyone’s wardrobe. Look for a few high quality tees made of expensive cotton that look like a million bucks. Throw in a few vintage tees for good measure, but don’t go too overboard.

6. Don’t forget the slacks – While everyone loves to wear jeans, sometimes they just aren’t appropriate. If you don’t have a need to wear a suit, you should at least have one pair of nice dress slacks. Whether you need them for a date or you just want a change, it’s nice to have a pair on hand.

7. Invest in nice shoes – Shoes really complete a polished picture, if they are done right. You should have at least one pair of the following shoes on hand: running shoes, dress shoes, casual shoes, hiking boots, and a pair of dressy boots. Keep them clean and polished at all times.

8. Remember to accessorize – All men need at least one dress watch and one casual watch, as well as an assortment of nice neck chains and/or bracelets. Don’t go overboard with the jewelry, but a nice chain can really complete an outfit.

9. Tie it all together – Ties can actually be a lot of fun. If you don’t own a tie right now, go out and buy at least one classic tie. Stick with solids if you are afraid of matching them with shirts, or get funky with some cool patterns if you want to change it up a bit.

10. Keep them looking good – No matter how much you spend on clothes; if you throw them on the floor, they’re going to look awful. Take care of your clothes and make sure you follow the care instructions properly. Dry cleaning is expensive, but well worth it sometimes.

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