Whether or not you agreed with his political views, liked or disliked his support for US Civil Rights or saw yourself as a Jackie O or Marilyn Monroe, when it comes to innovating presidential style, John Fitzgerald Kennedy led the pack.
In honor of the devastating 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I wanted to shed light something that we all can relate to and appreciate–individual style and the ways the youngest president of the United States was able to show citizens that though the leader of the free world, he was a human being– just like them.
JFK was known to wear his signature “wayfarer” sunglasses, which exuded his youthful, cool demeanor that was so easily relatable. Whether paired with a tailored suit or a cardigan, tortoise shell or black, he was often seen with go-to eye-wear.
Business Casual + Leading Lady
Quite often, JFK was seen without a suit jacket and with his shirt sleeves rolled up. Many people believe that he did this to show not only is he always working, but also to show that he was not always concerned about provoking power.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis always stood out–whether wearing a Chanel inspired tweed suit, an a-lined sundress, or her trademark pillowbox hat paired with sunglasses, she remains just as much of a fashion icon (if not more) than her first husband.
Suit and Skinny Tie
JFK was known to mix and match not only his shirt prints and ties, but also his suit jacket [blazers] and pants. Regardless, his fit remains timeless and tailored.
50 years ago today, a speech written for JFK in Dallas, TX remained unread until now. A new Washington, DC memorial was revealed today, finally spelling out the encouraging words from a man who was silenced way too soon:
“We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility — that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint — and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”