From the Archives: 14 Photos That Show Off Jackie Kennedy’s Style

Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis remains an American style icon long after her death in 1994.

Her style — and her life story — are about to be thrust back into the spotlight with the release of “Jackie” on Dec. 2, starring Natalie Portman. The movie charts the time following the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

As we mark the 53rd anniversary of President Kennedy’s death today, FN takes a look back at Jackie Kennedy’s style. Footwear News dug into our own archives, where we found photos that showcase Jackie’s fashion sense in the years following her husband’s passing.

In 1964, the former first lady moved into an apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York with her children. She spent much of her time at The Colony Club on New York’s Upper East Side, the first social club established for women.

Kennedy traded in her lauded White House fashion (fitted pastel suits, pillbox hats and chic pumps) for edgier looks better suited for an NYC woman. She was spotted wearing knee-high leather boots, fur-embellished flats and, later, in Roger Vivier’s iconic buckle flats. She paired the shoes with little black dresses and suede or leopard-print coats.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Style
Leaving a Manhattan building in 1967 in a leopard-print coat and buckle flats.
CREDIT: Sal Traina
Jackie Kennedy Onassis Style
Outside The Colony Club in 1968 wearing knee-high leather boots.
CREDIT: Nick Machalaba; Sal Traina

Kennedy went on to marry Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968, which enabled her to embark on a jet-setting lifestyle. She was often spotted returning to New York after spending time on Onassis’ private Greek island, Skorpios, wearing a simple black dress, her signature oversized sunglasses and black flats — a total contrast with the favored athleisure travel looks of today’s celebrities.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Style
Arriving at JFK after a weekend in Skorpios, Greece, in 1969.
CREDIT: Harry Morrison

See more Jackie Kennedy throwback looks from FN’s archives by clicking through the slideshow.

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