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Best Jackie Kennedy Onassis Books + Style Guide

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Fans of the former First Lady of the United States will love this Jackie O books and style guide. I love a good book pairing, and style is perfect for this one!

I read a lot of books, and the Jackie O books mentioned below were two five (out of five) stars historical fiction books for me that I unexpectedly could not put down.

And when I think of Jackie O's style, I think of words like feminine, classic, Americana, preppy, classy, and modest. Below you will find real photos of Jackie O's memorable style, followed by a discussion of specific style items Jackie O was known for wearing and similar items that you can buy today.

My personal favorite looks of hers was a simple one, which you can very easily re-create:

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Books

First up in this Jackie O books and style guide are historical fiction books that will have you compulsively turning the pages.

And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton

For one brief shining moment, there was Camelot.

And They Called It Camelot was one audiobook to which I simply could not stop listening.  In one sentence: it's a historical fiction account of the life of former First Lady,  Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis told from her own perspective.

I thought I knew Jackie O.  But, I was wrong.  The intimate first-person narrative, coupled with the monumental nature of so many events in her life made this book unputdownable.  I learned a lot and also felt so much suspense.

There's her meeting with JFK and subsequent wedding; JFK's medical problems; JFK's marital scandals; family issues; their babies who died; life in politics; her special friendship with the Kennedy patriarch; her "relationships" with Bobby Kennedy, as well as Aristotle Onassis; the highs and lows of the presidency; and, of course, JFK's assassination and the aftermath.

While so much of history is about "The Kennedys," And They Called It Camelot was uniquely "Jackie," and I couldn't get enough of it.  It's well-researched and addictive, giving the reader a truly three-dimensional view of Jackie O, as if it came straight from the pages of her diary.

Above all, And They Called It Camelot was a portrait in loyalty, duty and fear that holds your attention right up to the last page. (I was getting total Enneagram 6 vibes from Jackie!). I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans, whether or not you are a fan of the Kennedy's. 

For more, read my full review of And They Called It Camelot.


Jackie and Maria by Gill Paul

Jackie and Maria was a story BEGGING to be told, and I cannot believe it was not told sooner.  So much about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' life focuses on her marriage to President Kennedy and, while this book does touch on that, it's more about leading up to and covering her marriage to Greek business tycoon, Aristotle Onassis, and the other women vying for his attention, including his longtime love, headstrong and passionate opera singer, Maria Callas.

I don't want to give up too much, but the interrelations between the characters in Jackie and Maria are jaw-dropping, particularly in that Jackie's own sister had a long-time affair with Onassis (but that's only the beginning).  The narrative is told from both Jackie's and Maria's perspectives throughout, as their lives overlap through the sixties and seventies and Jackie ultimately marries Onassis in a surprising turn of events.

Jackie and Maria has it all: secrets about historical figures; romance; drugs, alcohol abuse, and overdoses; family drama; the dark side of fame, politics, and wealth; scandal; royals and celebrities; betrayal; and so much more.  I could barely put it down!

I highly recommend Jackie and Maria to fans of Beatriz Williams, historical fiction and/or really juicy reads about royals.  You will learn a lot, be completely engrossed in the storylines and have a love/hate relationship with these complex characters, all at the same time. It was one of my Best Books of 2020!


Jackie Kennedy Onassis Style

Next up in this Jackie O books and style guide are actual style inspiration pictures of Jackie O, followed by similar items you can buy together to get the classic, feminine and modest style of Jackie O.

Large Sunglasses

If Jackie O was known for one style item only, it would have to be large sunglasses. Many people call any and all large sunglasses "Jackie O sunglasses." From reading the books above, I learned that she wore them to best protect her privacy from the paparazzi and public after the anxiety-provoking deaths of JFK and RFK.

I have a small face, so I only wear this specific petite RayBan New Wayfarer. I went to some trusted brands and style bloggers to source these popular Jackie O style sunglasses below.

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Tweed Suits

And if there were only two style items Jackie O was known for, tweed suits would have to be second! Particularly, she is known for the pink suit she wore the day of the highly publicized assassination of JFK. But, tweed suits remained a staple closet piece for her entire life, and they remain classy feminine workwear today.

I found the best modern, cost-effective styles at Ann Taylor, J.Crew and Banana Republic. If you are looking for an investment piece on a bigger budget, check out higher-end retailers like Rebecca Taylor and Veronica Beard.

And don't forget to check Nordstrom to see if they are on sale!

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Printed Scarves

No one wore printed scarves like Jackie O. They were so unique to her and she wore them so exquisitely as a head covering. They are multi-functional today for a pop of color on a basic outfit, and you can learn so many ways to tie them in The Art of the Scarf.

J.Crew makes very luxe-looking printed scarves for reasonable prices, and they usually sell out fast, giving me FOMO. Kate Spade also has budget-friendly styles reminiscent of Jackie O's vintage 1960s look.

Tip: I also have and love scarves from the Amazon brand Lake Como.

If you have a bigger budget and are looking for an investment piece, go-to designers for gorgeous silk scarves include Emilio Pucci, Hermes and Gucci.

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Belted Jacket

A belted jacket is a closet must-have for everyone, including Jackie O! It's timeless and figure-flattering, and it looks great on nearly every casual and business casual outfit. Mine is from Banana Republic.

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Bow Accents

Bow accents feature prominently in Jackie O's style throughout the years, particularly in her evening wear. Since most of us aren't regularly shopping for evening wear, below are some modern ways to incorporate this classy, feminine accent.

Kate Spade tends to have the most relevant styles. And, just for fun, I have to mention the Sareh Nouri Bow Back Mikado Trumpet Wedding Gown. I tried it on during my wedding planning process, and the stylist said I looked like Jackie O!

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Shift Dresses

Shift dresses are arguably the most classic dress shape, and they look great on everyone, including Jackie O, of course! They evoke 60's style, but remain popular today thanks, in part, to preppy brands like Lilly Pulitzer.

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Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks are my personal favorite clothing item, so I couldn't be happier that Jackie O wore them so frequently. They feel good and look good over decades of time. My favorite are from Banana Republic.

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Pearls

If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then pearls are a woman's best friend. Pearls may be the most classic piece of jewelry, and they often completed Jackie O's preppy looks. Every woman needs them in her jewelry box!

I wear and love great imitation styles from J.Crew and Kate Spade.

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Block Heels

Jackie O walked the streets of New York daily, and she often opted for more comfortable, and smaller, block heels. They are still popular today, and as a city dweller, I appreciate that. They have a very classic, unassuming look that was so characteristic of Jackie O.

I love the comfortable, timeless style so much, I wore block heels for my wedding, and I didn't suffer an ounce of pain all night!

Tory Burch makes some really luxe-looking and long-lasting block heels, but if you are looking for an investment piece, spring for the Gucci ones!

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I hope this Jackie O books and style guide inspired both your bookshelves and closets!

Related posts: You may also be interested in my similar post about Grace Kelly and/or my J.Crew Capsule Wardrobe ideas.

Lastly, pin this Jackie O books and style guide to Pinterest because you can refer back to it later.

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itskoo

Friday 28th of August 2020

Completely loved this! I love her style and what you curated.

Jules Buono

Friday 28th of August 2020

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

trish

Friday 28th of August 2020

I love the vintage look, and you gave me so many ideas! Thank you!!

Julianne Buonocore

Friday 28th of August 2020

I love the vintage look too! You're welcome.

Courtney Jenney

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Oh I love this post so much! I definitely need to read Jackie & Maria. I cannot believe I've never even heard of it!

Julianne Buonocore

Friday 28th of August 2020

It was sooo good, and it's new so that's probably why you never heard of it!

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