Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ Iconic Style, From Her Teen Days To Her Final Years

When we think of American style icons, there is perhaps no greater example than Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

While she made her mark on the world in many ways, her influence on fashion is undeniable and persists to this day ― from skirt suits and pillbox hats to shift dresses and oversized sunglasses.

In honor of her birthday on July 28, we’ve rounded up more than 100 photos that capture the former first lady’s style evolution from New York socialite to political wife to international jet-setter to book editor.

1948

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Portrait of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at age 18.

1951

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Sisters Jacqueline and Caroline Lee Bouvier return from travels in Europe.

1951

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Portrait of the Bouvier sisters.

1953

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Bouvier and her fiancé, Sen. John Kennedy, play tennis at Hyannis Port.

1953

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The couple sits in the sunshine in Hyannis Port a few months before their wedding.

1953

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Bridal portrait of Bouvier in her Ann Lowe wedding dress.

1954

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Kennedy walks the catwalk as she models a French designer dress, gloves and hat at the annual April in Paris ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

1954

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Kennedy and her sister attend the Franco-American Ball at the Waldorf Astoria.

1955

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Kennedy wears a striped wool sweater alongside her sister.

1956

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Five Kennedy women at a party.

1957

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Kennedy sits at the April in Paris ball.

1958

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The Kennedys at home with their 4-month-old daughter, Caroline.

1960

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The Kennedys pose on the day he announced his presidential run.

1960

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The Kennedys relax at their summer home.

1960

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The Kennedys sit in a car at Idlewild Airport.

1960

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Kennedy holds up a newspaper with a picture of her husband during the presidential campaign.

1960

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Kennedy poses at her Georgetown home.

1960

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The Kennedys make an appearance on the morning after Election Day.

1961

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The Kennedys at his presidential inauguration.

1961

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The Kennedys leave the White House to attend a series of inaugural balls.

1961

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Kennedy walks with Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Clifford Harvison during a state visit to Canada.

1961

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Kennedy attends a reception in Ottawa.

1961

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Kennedy smiles during a state visit to France at the Palais de l’Elysee.

1961

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The Kennedys leave the French Foreign Ministry for a reception in Paris.

1961

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Kennedy tours the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

1961

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The Kennedys attend a dinner at Mt. Vernon in honor of the president of Pakistan.

1961

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The Kennedys attend an event at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

1961

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The Kennedys before a dinner in honor of the president of Peru at the White House.

1961

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The Kennedys arrive on Air Force One for a tour of Latin America.

1962

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Kennedy takes center stage in Mexico City alongside her husband and President Adolfo Mateos.

1962

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Kennedy visits the Taj Mahal.

1962

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Kennedy walks during a visit with the Maharaja of Mewar.

1962

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Kennedy visits the garden of the prime minister of India’s residence.

1962

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The Kennedys attend a dinner in honor of the Shah and Empress of Iran at the White House.

1962

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The Kennedys attend a dinner for President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast at the White House.

1962

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Kennedy smiles at the launching of the USS Lafayette submarine.

1962

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The Kennedys receive French minister of culture Andre Malraux and his wife Madeleine at the White House.

1962

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Kennedy visits the Amalfi Coast with her sister.

1962

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Kennedy attends a fashion show at the U.S. State Department, the “Commonwealth Costume Cavalcade.”

1962

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Kennedy discusses plans for the new National Culture Center (later renamed The Kennedy Center) with NBC News’ Sander Vanocur in the White House.

1963

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Kennedy attends unveiling ceremonies at the National Gallery of Art.

1963

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The Kennedys ride in a parade in Washington, D.C.

1963

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The Kennedys attend a White House ceremony.

1963

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The Kennedy family in Palm Beach, Florida.

1963

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The Kennedys arrive at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

1964

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Kennedy rehearses for a CBS special in honor of her late husband’s birthday.

1964

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Kennedy on a family vacation in Aspen, Colorado.

1965

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Kennedy attends the inauguration of a memorial to her husband John F. Kennedy in Runnymede, Surrey.

1965

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Kennedy attends a visit of Pope Paul VI.

1965

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Kennedy talks with Flora Whitney Miller during a tour of the unfinished Whitney Museum.

1965

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Kennedy arrives at the Mark Hellinger Theatre for a performance of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.”

Circa 1966

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Kennedy walks through a Florida airport with her son.

1966

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Kennedy arrives in Spain for a weeklong round of events including bullfights, balls and street processions.

1966

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Kennedy wears a traditional outfit while riding in Seville.

1966

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Kennedy vists Hawaii.

1967

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Kennedy walks the red carpet with Prince Norodom Sihanouk prior to the dedication of John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Cambodia.

1967

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Kennedy chats with the prince at a state dinner in Cambodia.

1967

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Kennedy rides a horse during a summer trip to Ireland.

1967

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Kennedy attends the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

1968

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Kennedy and her children attend commissioning ceremonies for the new carrier USS John F. Kennedy.

1968

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Kennedy walks with their children in Greece on the day before her wedding to Aristotle Onassis.

1968

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The Onassis newlyweds leave the chapel on his private island of Skorpios on the day of their wedding.

1968

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Onassis walks with her sister at a horse farm in the U.K.

1969

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Onassis says goodbye to her husband at Kennedy airport.

1969

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Onassis leaves an Athens nightclub with her husband after celebrating her 40th birthday.

1969

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Onassis goes to Szechuan Taste Restaurant in New York City’s Chinatown.

1969

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Onassis poses in the countryside.

Circa 1970

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Onassis walks down the streets of New York.

1970

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Onassis and her sister leave a performance at Alvin Theatre.

1970

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Onassis goes shopping in Capri.

1970

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Onassis dines at La Cote Basque.

1970

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Onassis walks in New York on a night out with her husband.

1970

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Onassis at Heathrow Airport in London.

1970

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Onassis visits her sister in London.

1971

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Onassis at the Philharmonic Hall in New York City.

1972

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Onassis attends a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, conducted by the composer and dedicated to her late husband.

1973

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Onassis at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Circa 1974

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Onassis in Washington, D.C.

1974

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Onassis vacations in Greece.

1974

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Onassis attends the Metropolitan Opera House Royal Ballet in New York City.

1975

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Kennedy family members celebrate Caroline’s graduation.

1976

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Onassis and Alejandro Orfila at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

1976

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Onassis returns to Manhattan from Staten Island, where she toured the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

1976

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Onassis at the annual RFK Pro-Celebrity tennis tournament

1976

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Onassis attends the Tribute to Josephine Baker event at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

1977

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Onassis poses at the Viking Press office in New York.

1977

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Onassis visits the “The Treasures of Early Irish Art” exhibit opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1978

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Onassis rides a train to Washington, D.C., during her “Save Grand Central” campaign.

1978

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Onassis attends the annual RFK Pro-Celebrity tennis tournament.

1979

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Onassis during a book party for “Call the Darkness Light” at Doubleday Book Store in New York City.

1979

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Onassis at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

1980

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Onassis sighted at Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C.

1981

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Onassis leaves a cinema in New York City.

1982

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Onassis and her daughter, Caroline, at Boston University’s commencement.

Circa 1984

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Onassis in New York City.

1985

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Onassis attends a fundraiser at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

1986

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Onassis attends the wedding ceremony of her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and Edwin Schlossberg in the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Hyannis Port.

1986

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Onassis and Maurice Tempelsman attend a gala at the New York Public Library.

1987

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Onassis chats with Kitty Dukakis during the dedication of a park in Cambridge in honor of the late president.

Circa 1989

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Onassis at an event in New York City.

1989

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Onassis poses for photos with her children following her son’s New York University School of Law graduation.

1990

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Onassis walks with Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Boston.

1993

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The Kennedys attend an event at the Kennedy Library with President Clinton.

1994

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Onassis and Tempelsman sit on a bench in Central Park.

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