Carolyn Bessette Kennedy possessed a simple stylishness that has stood the test of time nearly twenty years after her untimely death. In recent years, we’ve seen a new wave of minimalism, but before ‘Scandi chic’ was cool, Carolyn was dressing with stunning simplicity. A woman today wearing what she wore in the 90s would not look out of place. During an era of fashionable excess, her preference was for classic, neutral pieces which would prove to be ahead of her time. Before marrying into America’s royal family, she was a publicist for Calvin Klein, arbiter of 90s simplicity, so it is no wonder from whence her style evolution derived.
Beyond her style, hers was an ethereal beauty and her restraint in sartorial choices seemed to convey an inner elegance and intelligence. She wore almost no jewelry, practically only diamond or pearl studs; nothing about her was opulent, and paradoxically her look translated as luxurious. By focusing on shape, silhouette and proportion, she always appeared ladylike and refined.
Neutral palette (including a pop of leopard!)
Penchant for black, especially for evening wear
Minimal makeup, save for a signature red lip
Classic American sportswear
Timeless, clean silhouettes fusing the structure of menswear with subtle femininity