A Look Back at Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s Iconic Style

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The legacy of first couple John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy is an indelible part of American cultural and political history, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is undeniably one of the greatest style icons of the last century. Click through to see her most memorable looks through the years.

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1948

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Before she became the wife of a rising politician, Jacqueline Bouvier had polished debutante style down. An elegant long white dress is just the ticket.

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1953

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Jackie was a vision on her wedding day to John Kennedy in 1953. Just a few years ago, Megan Markle proved the boatneck wedding gown to be as timeless as we always knew it to be.

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1954

All-white was a theme for Mrs. Kennedy, shown here in a white hat and another boat neck. Those white gloves finish the elegant look.

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1953

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It’s all about chic shorts and a little button-down while vacationing at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts in 1953. That straw topper just adds to the easy, breezy summer vibe.

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1958

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Consider it mom and baby style done right. Here, Jackie is pictured with her new daughter Caroline Kennedy in 1958 in a silk printed dress.

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1960

A little shift dress in any pastel in always a good idea. Here, Kennedy is casual and chic at a picnic in the park.

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1960

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Another day, another shift dress. This one came in a bright pink and perfectly paired with her pearl choker and dazzling earrings.

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1961

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Well known for her Oleg Cassini and Chanel suits, Kennedy was well aware that a great jacket and a set of pearls make the ladylike look.

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1961

A pillbox hat and a pair of white gloves don’t hurt either.

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1961

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Kennedy again donned gloves and a boatneck gown to attend a dinner at the Japanese Embassy in 1961. That simple bow ties up the luxe white look.

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1961

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For her first official photograph as First Lady in 1961, the Southampton-born beauty wore a simple long-sleeved sheath. This casual pose illustrated her easy elegance.

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1961

Always the lady, here she is pictured wearing a Chez Ninon suit during a tour in Vienna in 1961. A contrasting hat and shimmering broach serve as standout accessories.

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1962

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Does it get any prettier than pink Christian Dior? The First Lady attended an event at the White House in this memorable strapless gown.

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1962

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While her pink Chanel suit will go down in infamy, this little shift was worn during happier times. White gloves, pearls and pumps finish the idea.

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1962

Are you seeing the shift theme? A simple shape that can handle any number of colors of prints, the shift was a go-to of the First Lady’s in the early 1960s.

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1962

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For her state visit to India in 1962, Kennedy embraced the country’s love of vibrant color. This orange-hued dress with bow detail was one of her many rainbow-hued ensembles for the excusion.

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1962

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As her state visit in India continued, three fashion go-to’s remained: pearls, white gloves, and many bow details.

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1963

The early 60s were all about Palm Springs. Here, Jackie, Caroline, John Jr. and John F. Kennedy hit the Cali hot spot in white Mommy and Me looks, save JFK in a black suit.

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1963

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Jackie looked regal in a strapless lavender gown, diamond drop earrings, and long white gloves during a ceremony at the National Gallery of Art.

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1964

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A little suit is not only for state events. Jackie appears in a boxy number in a light hue at home with her son John Jr. in 1964.

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1965

Although certainly a difficult time, Jackie used fashion as an armor, looking beautiful as always in a short-sleeved suit while attending a memorial for John F. Kennedy in 1965.

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1965

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Always a chic pair, the former First Lady is captured walking with her sister Princess Lee Radziwill in a nautical-inspired navy suit with gold buttons. Daughter Caroline and niece Anna opted for mini dresses.

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1967

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As we head into the late ’60s, Kennedy begins to embrace longer, leaner silhouettes. This gilded belt lends major glamour factor to her mint gown.

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1968

In an iconic casual look, Kennedy-Onassis goes barefoot in Rome in 1968 in cropped white denim and a navy tee. Her signature oversized shades were also on display.

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1969

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Jackie wed Aristotle Onassis in 1968. Here, pictured with her groom, she takes her earlier shift looks into boho territory with embroidery and a longer pearl necklace.

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1969

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Jackie proved less is more with a simple black turtleneck and classic watch.

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1970

It’s always time for mini A-line skirts and smart jackets, as worn here walking along the sidewalk in NYC in 1970. This whole ensemble wouldn’t look a bit out of place in 2019.

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1970

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Another iconic fashion moment, in a black turtleneck, trench and cool white trousers, while leaving the Claridges hotel in London in 1970.

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1970

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These sisters have Italian vacation style on lock. Jackie wears a belted polka dot maxi skirt, while Lee goes for khaki trousers and a navy top in Capri.

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1971

In perfect early 70s style, Jackie pairs a camel coat and large framed sunglasses with a brown leather handbag and insouciant scarf tied around her neck.

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