Style, Decor & More: Vintage Style: Jacqueline Kennedy's Peach Bow Dress!

Vintage Style: Jacqueline Kennedy's Peach Bow Dress!

During JFK’s presidency in the 1960s, Jacqueline Kennedy quickly became a style icon, and it was during this time that French-born designer Oleg Cassini was hired to create an original wardrobe for her. From 1961 to late 1963, Cassini dressed Jackie in many of her signature looks, including wardrobe staples like A-line dresses, pillbox hats, trapeze coats, elegant jewelry, evening gowns, and of course her infamous colorful suits.

Source: LIFE Magazine
One of the reasons Jackie Kennedy’s style struck a chord with so many American women is that the looks were easy to copy and something nearly anyone could pull off.  Unlike the fashions of the 1950s that included large circle skirts, tight waists, and petticoats with yards of expensive fabric, the First Lady’s A-line dresses and pillbox hats were something everyday women could emulate–and her style seemed new and fresh in comparison.  Rather than opting for over-the-top intricate designs, Kennedy’s look was minimal, modern, and understated–the casually glamorous girl next door.
Jackie Kennedy gained the favor of the American people not only for her elegant style, but also for her tact and social grace.  One way this was evident was in how she chose to dress on international trips.  While visiting foreign countries, Jackie always dressed according to the cultures and customs of the country she’d be in.  By showing respect for other nations and cultures, Kennedy fostered her own sense of style and gained admiration from all over the world.

A prime example of this was on a trip to India in 1962, throughout which Kennedy showed off a more conservative style than what she would normally wear in the United States. One of the most iconic looks from the trip was a peach A-line Oleg Cassini dress with a bow in the front:


This famous dress was widely photographed and featured in Life magazine.  It is currently on display at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum:

Source: John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
It’s always interesting to see how a style from decades ago can withstand the test of time, and Jackie Kennedy’s peach bow dress is no exception.  The classic A-line cut, bold peach color, and bow are just as pretty today as they were 50 years ago.

If you’re a fan of this classic style and want to recreate the look, Lily Boutique has a similar style called the Lauren Bow Front A-Line Dress:


I love the understated elegance of this dress! Are you a fan of this look?

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23 comments :

  1. I think that is so pretty. And love how timeless it is.

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  2. Seems the colors have come back in style as well!

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  3. Love such a beautiful, classic dress. Not sure if it would work on my body type, but I'd love to try! Beautiful color too!

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  4. What a classic dress, I just love her style!

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  5. I do love the style but I am not sure I could pull it off. On her it looks amazing.

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  6. She was such a fashion icon and trendsetter. Great dress.

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  7. I simply adore her style! I wish she could been first lady in the present day.

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  8. I LOVE that dress. it's been a favorite of mine, well, forever!

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  9. So pretty and so elegant. All of her dresses were so nice.

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  10. Yes, I am a fan of this look. I am all about the understated look. I would love this in black without the bow!

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  11. Love the timeless fashion of this style. It's so beautiful but doesn't have to be flashy!

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  12. This dress is classic and gorgeous. I love how timeless it is. You can have it in your closet for years.

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  13. She pulled off that dress beautifully. I don't think I would do it justice!

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  14. Her look is timeless. This would be such a gorgeous summer dress.

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  15. Oh my goodness, I love this dress and love how simple it is. I think this is one of those classic dresses that will always be in style

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  16. She was so so elegant. Love that color!

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  17. Such a classic look! So beautiful and love that color.

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  18. She had such an amazing style - truly classic, as we still try to recreate it today. Not sure I have the skin tone for that shade, but it's definitely pretty!

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  19. I love that classic and elegant style!!!

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  20. That dress is absolutely geourgeous! But the truth is that part of it is the fabric and that fabric won't come cheap.

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  21. I like to see how different generations used to dress. I love the 50's big poodle skirts!

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