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John and Jackie Kennedy in Washington Parade
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On Jackie O's Birthday, Remembering Her Iconic Style

The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a global style icon, and Americans everywhere will remember the former first lady's graceful elegance, dedication to arts and culture, and keen eye for fashion. July 28, 2020 would have been her 91st birthday, so we're looking back at some of her most stunning fashion moments and some of the hallmarks of her enduring style.

Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisPhoto credit: Getty Images/Staff/Hulton Archive

She was frequently called American royalty, but unlike her truly royal counterparts, Jackie O took a minimalist approach to jewelry. She was often seen wearing small earrings and three strands of pearls.

Another style signature: The former first lady favored designer Oleg Cassini, whose designs regularly featured oversize or prominent buttons.

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A Silk Headscarf Can Make an OutfitPhoto credit: Wikimedia Commons

Just because she approached jewelry with a light touch doesn't mean Jackie was not a fan of accessorizing. She frequently paired silk Hermes scarves with oversize sunglasses, which lent her a glamorous air of mystery.

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Jackie Kennedy Caped DressPhoto credit: Getty Images/Handout/Hulton Archive

Caped dresses are all the rage nowadays, but Jackie Kennedy was decades ahead of the game. She wore a caped evening gown to her husband's inaugural ball in 1961.

The Pink Chanel SuitPhoto credit: Wikimedia Commons

Many Americans remember the pink Chanel suit and pillbox hat — another style signature — that the late first lady was wearing on the tragic day President Kennedy was assassinated. The suit is currently stored at the National Archives (out of public view), but the iconic look remains embedded in many Americans' minds.

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