July 28th would have been Jackie O’s 87th birthday. Her philanthropic initiatives to preserve the arts and public landmarks, such as Grand Central Station, spoke to her grace and iconic thumbprint on American history. But whether we consciously acknowledge it, her penchant for polished style breathes on the backs of chic jet setters in crisp white oxford shirts and black flare pants, through the threads of pastel pea coats layered over A-line dresses and in the tweed of monochromatic suits.
I think it is safe to say that the late First Lady’s knack for style likely influenced John F. Kennedy’s classic American wardrobe. From crisp chinos and wayfarers on nautical sailing trips to Brooks Brothers suits worn in the Oval Office, he set standards on classic American style for men that are emulated in the ensembles of today’s prepsters.
When I saw this Fashionisto, his polished outfit reminded me of JFK’s clean-cut aesthetic. His brown leather Sperry Top-Siders were a casual alternative to JFK’s signature oxblood oxfords. His matching leather belt went well with the playful polka-dot print on his navy blue shorts. He sported a mixed color scheme with a cream yellow oxford shirt tucked in. A maroon polka-dot bow tie brought his look together.
How To: Add a sliver of Camelot to your closet with a few style staples borrowed from America’s 35th president. For a sharp JFK-inspired ensemble, it is imperative to prioritize high quality footwear that will maintain the distingue aesthetic of the look. A pair of dark brown boat shoes or penny loafers will maintain your polished look throughout the day. Simple prints, like polka-dots or stripes on a bow tie or pair of shorts, will keep your outfit youthful and classic.