A few weeks ago, I did a post on Seven Fashion Icons That Everyone Should Know, and while many of you loved the fashionistas I included in my list, others felt that there were some lovely ladies missing. As such, I’ve created another list with not seven, but NINE more fashion icons. Want to see who made the cut this time around? Read on!
1. Jackie O.
Michelle Obama may have some killer muscles, but nobody takes the White House fashionista crown from first lady of style, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (or Jackie O. for short). Known for her classy attitude, preppy style, and gigantic sunglasses, Jackie O. is and always will be queen of All-American chic.
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Jackie was known for her taste in impeccably tailored dresses, skirts, and blouses; and as such I plowed through (what felt like) hundreds of dresses until I found one that cried out “Jackie”. Luckily, I stumbled upon this adorably tailored yellow dress and knew that it was the one. And while a perfect dress is important to get her look, another essential to nailing Jackie’s wardrobe is this lovely blue cardigan with embellishments on the buttons and collar; it screams All-American and looks so cute!
To complete the quintessential Jackie O. look, I pulled two things that she was (almost) never without- a pearl necklace and a pair of oversized sunglasses. Look through all her pictures and you’ll almost always see her wearing one or both of these items. The sunglasses are great because they give her look that extra kick of attitude; meanwhile the single strand pearls add a dash of class to her outfit.
2. Bettie Page
Pin-up girl and all around babe Bettie Page had all the right moves- and she knew how to flaunt her gorgeous curves. Whether she was dressed up in a bustier or posing in a bikini on the beach, she always managed to make sexy look classy and (almost) wholesome.
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As Bettie was a pin-up girl, I thought I’d stick to the essentials; and what’s the quintessential “Bettie Page” wardrobe? A bikini. I chose an adorable black and white gingham bikini that is reminiscent of the 1950s and the age of the pin-up.
What other essentials should one have to mimic Bettie’s style? Red lips and nails are a must- which is why I also included a bottle of nail polish and a tube of lipstick in a bright brick red (Bettie’s color of choice). And that’s it! Cut your bangs, don this retro bikini, and redden those tips and you’ll be sure to look every inch the pin-up!
3. Diana Ross
Ultimate Diva, lead singer of the Supremes, and glamorous trendsetter to end all, Diana Ross went through all the decades with exquisite glamor, sass, and a gorgeous head of hair. Whether she was sporting a beehive, afro, or long locks, she paired her fantastic hair with sexy, sophisticated outfits and big dose of attitude to go with those glorious pipes.
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For Diana’s wardrobe, I started off with a big ol’ can of hairspray. After all, when you have a mane of hair that awesome, you have to keep it in check somehow. After your hair is set, throw on some false eyelashes like the ones I found to give your look a more diva-esque feel. As Diana maintained her fame through the decades, I tried to find a dress to fuse both her ’60s look with her ’80s/’90s look.
I pulled a purple tunic that could be either modest or sexy depending on whether you pair it with jeans or wear it alone, as well as the accessories and shoes you wear. Speaking of shoes, I pulled a pair of Mary Jane-esque heels, a throwback to the popular ’60s style, with a modern twist. And finally, to give things a bit of class, I picked out some simple pearl earrings. Now that you have all the pieces to the puzzle, you just need to exude confidence like Diana- toss your hair back, stand up straight, and take the town by storm- look out Beyoncè, there’s a new diva on the prowl.
4. Marilyn Monroe
Where would any icon list be without Marilyn Monroe? Curvaceous, lovely, and enchanting, it’s no wonder she was every man’s dream girl in her day. Whether she was wearing hip hugging short shorts or a floral day dress, she always looked picture-perfect. But what made her most loveable was that she could be in-your-face sexy yet human and vulnerable at the same time.
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For Marilyn’s outfit, I went for a beachy day vibe. I first chose a super cute polka dotted dress and paired it with a floppy hat to keep the sun off your face. Then I picked out some cute gladiators and a pair of heart shaped sunnies to keep things fun. And to put the cherry on the sundae, I chose another tube of lipstick in a apple red color. Whether you’re gonna have a picnic in the park, go to the beach, or have a grand ol’ time at an amusement park, rest assured that you will look cute and totally Marilyn.
5. Josephine Baker
If Lady Gaga is the Avant Garde celebrity of our generation, then Josephine Baker, Harlem jazz singer and actress, was the Lady Gaga of the 20s and 30s. Rocking sparkling bikinis, floral embellishments, and mile-long pearl necklaces, Josephine Baker made her presence known- and her audience loved it.
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Josephine Baker’s style was all about her out-there accessories. And normally I wouldn’t say this, but when it comes to trying to channel our Harlem girl here, go crazy. Wear floral headbands, pile on rings, and rock some stylish earrings all at the same time.
Like I said, anything goes, but when in doubt, I find Coco Chanel’s style advice to be helpful: “Before you head out the door, take one thing off.” Accessories and crazy outfits are fun, but what’s most important is your gut instinct. So if you think you might have bauble overkill, take off one accessory. Josephine Baker’s style was half loud clothing, and half confidence- just wear your confidence on your sleeve, and you’ll sparkle just like her.
6. Debbie Harry
Lead singer of New Wave band Blondie, friend to Andy Warhol, and all around badass- Debbie Harry took rock n’ roll style and spun it on its head without breaking a sweat. The original Kate Moss, Ms. Harry mixed graphic tees and leather jackets to create the ultimate just-rolled-out-of-bed look.
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Debbie’s look is not hard to master if you know the basics. First, find a cool graphic tee that looks punky and not too fitted, and pair that with some dark wash skinnies or cutoffs. After that, go for some rocker jewelry, be it studded, jeweled, or glittery, and then swipe on some fun eyeshadow like the blue one I chose. All that will be left to do is to don some rockin’ shoes- I recommend some black pumps or knee-high boots. Throw those on and you’ll be stage-ready and rocker chic just like Debbie.
7. Katharine Hepburn
We owe a lot to Miss Katharine Hepburn. By refusing to wear makeup and pushing boundaries by wearing pants on screen, she blazed a path for menswear-inspired looks for generations to come. But whether she was rocking a chic pantsuit, evening gown, or a peter pan collar blouse, she spoke her mind and was fearlessly herself- and if that’s not fashion icon material, I don’t know what that is.
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To start off my Katharine-inspired outfit, I pulled a cute ruffle tank and paired it with this chambray button-up. After that, I found some beige boyfriend jeans, a simple belt, and some classic flats. This look is quintessential Katharine, but if you want to be more daring, you can forgo the ruffle tank and instead wear the chambray button up on its own- it will be a little bit midriff-baring, but it will also look cute and perfect for a beach outing.
Like I said before, Katherine’s look was as much about her intelligence as well as her clothes; so wear your outfit with confidence and street-smarts and you’ll look every bit as beautiful as Katharine.
8. Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly is every bit the American Princess. Silver screen actress and later Princess Grace of Monaco, Grace Kelly really lived up to her name. Poised, “grace”-ful, and loving, her polished and elegant look is one that will always be classic and beloved.
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To start off Grace’s look, I found a Mad Men-esque dress that I am positive Grace would shine in. Then I paired it with some cute peep toe booties to elongate those legs of yours. All that’s left is the accessories: with Grace’s outfit, less is more, so I went for understated class. I chose a fun pair of diamond drop earrings to add some sparkle to your face. And in case your ears aren’t pierced, I chose the ever-classic pearl bracelet. But you have to choose one piece. Like I said before, less is more. That said, this look is pitch perfect-have tea with grandma or go out to a nice dinner, and you’ll look every bit as Princess as Ms. Kelly.
9. Dorothy Dandridge
Doe-eyed Dorothy Dandridge is a classic beauty with classic style. Famous for both her work at the Apollo Theater, in movies, and on records, Dorothy was without a doubt a triple threat and a force to be reckoned with.
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Almost every picture I found of Dorothy showed off those gorgeous shoulders of hers, and as such I pulled a flirty off-the-shoulder blouse that can be dressed up or down. I paired the blouse with some tan shorts and a pair of ballet flats. Optional is this red flower that can be tossed into your hair. This look is both sassy, smart, and perfectly Dorothy. Walk out in this outfit and I guarantee you’ll look and feel ready to take on the world with style.
Who is your favorite icon from this list? What do you think of the styles I put together? Who is your style muse? Whatever your thoughts, leave them in the comments! I love your feedback, everyone!