Whether you’re prepping for a big business trip to Europe or getting away before it gets too cold to leave your pad, velour tracksuits are not the answer. Before you go there, ask yourself: “What would Jackie O do?”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis defined jet-set and vacation style, the strategic layers, classic silhouettes and the dark, round oversized style of sunglasses that now bears her name. Leave the tracksuits to the Real Housewives and bridesmaids (you’re entirely too good for that), and jet off in style with four pieces that would make the former First Lady proud.
An Easy Shift
If you’re going straight from the terminal to a meeting or party, make like Jackie O in a shift dress. The lack of a defined waist gives you room to breathe during your journey and makes you appear long and lean. If it’s a business trip, stick with solid neutrals like black, navy and beige. Extending summer with a trip to a tropical resort? Go with a shift that has vibrant colors and prints like floral or geometric shapes. Pair with ballet flats or jeweled sandals in-flight and slip on pumps during your cab ride to your next stop.
Her style was classic and feminine, but Jackie O helped to spark the menswear trend in the 70s, sporting wide-legged trousers with blouses. A wool blend is perfect for flights and airports where the AC is inexplicably inching towards Arctic temperatures. Wear with a simple crew neck T-shirt with short or three-quarter sleeves for the ride, and change into a high-collared blouse, one of fall’s biggest trends, before you head to the conference. Hemmed properly, wide-legged pants work with flats, sandals and heels.
If Jackie O can only go down in history for one thing, let it be her oversized sunglasses that hide pesky puffy eyes from a red-eye flight or a multitude of sins. Perfect whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Victoria Beckham owes the former First Lady for this one.
Scarf season is coming all too quickly, but Jackie O proved that they are so much more than cashmere cold-weather accessories. Sport a silk one around your neck with a blouse to keep your neck stylishly warm during your flight or as a head wrap to cover up the hair you couldn’t be bothered to do before dashing out the door to beat the security lines.