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Even in 2023, former First Lady and It-Girl Jackie Kennedy remains one of the go-to fashion icons for sophisticated style inspiration. As soon as Jackie went on people’s radars, everyone was enamored with her fashion.
She wasn’t afraid to try new trends and modern pieces. Throughout her lifetime, people saw her experiment with shorter skirts, different silhouettes, and more, which only further proved she was a fashion chameleon. Whether it was for an official, formal event where she had to dress up, or her more casual street style, people always found inspiration from her.
While she rocked daring looks all year round, we need to talk about her summer looks. Whether she was spending the summer in Hyannis Port or going to a bunch of events, she always dressed to impress (and knew exactly how to rock the seasonal trends/ colors)!
Throughout the summer, she would try out a bunch of different trends, but we noticed a few commonalities. For one thing, she adored her sleeveless button-downs, and couldn’t resist pairing a lightweight navy and white look together. And not only has she spoken about her love of pearls, but she was once quoted saying, “One should always dress like a marble column” — and her fashion reflected that. She matched her silhouette and always kept herself accessorized.
From daring, vibrant sundresses to high-waisted shorts we know Taylor Swift would adore, Jackie made each and every summer hers. To find some summer style inspiration, check out Jackie’s most iconic summer ensembles below:
This tennis look of a yellow, sleeveless button-down and pink bottoms is such a chic, colorful look to play sports in!
White Mod Dress
Not only does this white dress give all the 1960s vibes with the circular neckline and buttons, but it’s the perfect day-out dress for any summer event.
Bold Birthday Mini
Jackie went all out for her 40th birthday celebration, including rocking this daring, multi-colored minidress and statement pearl necklace.
(Jackie once said “Pearls are always appropriate,” and she meant it10
Slacks may not seem like the most summery attire, this matching navy, lightweight button-down screams summer!
Floral First Lady
Is it really a Jackie O summer without a gorgeous floral dress?!
Statement Italian Look
During her trip to Italy in the 1970s, Jackie wowed in a seriously chic outfit comprised of a black love-sleeved shirt, a high-slit patterned skirt, along with black sunglasses, a designer bag, and a statement belt.
Classic Jackie O Style
Probably one of the most classic Jackie O looks is this white pant and navy button-down look she wore in July 30, 1976.
Even when riding her beloved horses, she does it in a simple and chic style of a tee and matching jeans.
Polka Dotted Beauty
This black and white polka-dotted, loose-fitting dress is the perfect free-spirited fit!
Mint Green Dress
Of course, we needed at least one official, formal outing to this slideshow. Jackie knew how to dress up and down for every occasion, and this light green dress she wore to Caroline Kennedy’s wedding was such a chic fit!
This black and white bow-at-the-waist number gives all the old money vibes that TikTok would lose their minds over.
No one could take their eyes off Jackie during her Hawaiian visit, where she rocked such a sophisticated Barbiecore dress.
Loose Blue & White Fit
During John F. Kennedy Jr’s Graduation at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass, Jackie rocked this sleek white and blue look that truly fit the occasion.
Iconic Summer Style
One of her most beloved summer looks has to be this vintage look from her summer in Hyannis Port. Along with this adorable sun hat, she paired a high-waisted short look with a checkered sleeveless top style she adored.
Chic Bathing Suit
Even her bathing suits are chic1 Look at this figure-hugging, black swimsuit; we need to find lookalikes ASAP!
Little Black Dress
Even with a simple little black dress, Jackie knew how to accessorize it up to be a showstopping, chic look!
Even for major events, Jackie knew how to rock a bold print to keep all eyes on her. We seriously adore this simple striped tee that she wore for the 5th Annual RFK Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament.
One of Jackie’s boldest summer looks she ever wore was this ruffled, vibrant yellow dress that took everyone’s breath away.