Summer Style: Channelling Jackie O
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is the epitome of New England chic. Think summers on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Newport. Her style evolved as she came into her own during her "Manhattan" years. It was elegant in its simplicity and pared down to well chosen basics: wrap dresses, tunics, head scarves, her favorite Gucci bag. To this day she's on everyone's best dressed list and is an inspiration to budding fashionistas and designers around the globe.
However, I suspect her staying power has less to do with style and more to do with substance. Jackie was well-read, curious, a talented artist and a bit of a wanderlust. Case in point, One Special Summer (7), the book wrote and illustrated by Jackie and sister Leigh after traveling abroad in 1951). Jackie died 19 years ago this month (surrounded by her favorite books her family reported) and our fascination shows no signs of fading.
How to channel Jackie O this summer and always:
Stick to simple, elegant and well made basics. Don't try too hard.
Beach house essentials:
The quiet and most beautiful beaches-the remote parts of Truro or Aquinnah-often require a trek. Bring only the essentials.
Celebrate your bookishness and creativity
Be curious and learn new things--you'll be a much more interesting at cocktail parties:
(7) Throw this travel-size sketch journal (Dick Blick) in your beach tote. The Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay (another Jackie favorite, her poem, Memory of Cape Cod, was read at her funeral by daughter Caroline). One Special Summer, a book written and illustrated by Jackie and her sister Leigh documenting their summer abroad in 1951. It was originally presented as a "thank you" gift to their mother.
Maintain your sense of adventure
Whether it be a well worn passport (11) or just an open mind, the well-lived life is rich in experiences--good and bad.