Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Choose an Icon: Jackie or Marilyn

Two of America's best known fashion icons were contemporaries' of one another...and although their popularity occurred simultaneously their styles were very different.  Who are the two powerhouses of style that I'm talking about?
 
 
Why, they are none other than Jackie Kennedy
 
 
 
and Marilyn Monroe


 
Both of these women are fashion icons in every sense of the word...their influence is still felt today as their styles are copied and influence younger generations.
 
Jackie Kennedy was know for her simple, classic, elegant style.  Instead of prints she, instead, chose to wear plain, bold, solid colors on her well known knee length day suits and her A-line gowns.  These brilliant color choices and styles were often paired with her signature pumps, pill box hat, a string of pearls, and silky to the elbow gloves.
 
Marilyn on the other hand was all about the glamour!  She is best remembered for her blond locks, red lipstick, and high heels.  Her style was meant to turn heads.  Winged eye liner, low cut dresses, tight fitting sweaters, and shorty short shorts...it was all about attitude, appeal, and allure.
 
So you decide....which fashion icon do you prefer?
Jackie with her classically chic?  Or Marilyn with her glamorous vixen?
(Or are you like me and fall somewhere in between?)

21 comments:

  1. I'd like to think that I fall somewhere in between of the two. I like to keep it classy and try not to show too much skin. My principle is "Show top or bottom". So I'd call it sophisticated temptress :)

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  2. I've got a Marilyn-shaped body, but I tend to dress like Jackie.

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  3. Hmmmm... a bit of both depending on the occasion?

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  4. I lean much more toward JackieIn both my preferences and in how I actually dress.

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  5. Neither! I'm more of an Ethel Kennedy :)

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  6. I would say I go for more Jackie's style than Marilyn's, although sometimes it goes a little Marilyn unintentionally. lol

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  7. Marylin without any doubt! Odd you might find it, but I think she´s got much more personality than Jackie.

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  8. I prefer Marilyn's style to Jackie, but for as to which I aspire to wear, I'd have to go for Marilyn's off duty style, capri's, sweaters, jeans, simple tunic tops, day-dresses..

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  9. Definitely more towards Jackie in my overall style. But I do tend to draw some softer, flowing, Marilyn esque elements in. I'd look awful in one of Jackie's suits... too structured for me!

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  10. I aspire to "high school gym teacher" but I'm not quite there yet.

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  11. I would have to say a non-blonde Marilyn. I have a really hard time fitting those little jackets over my FBA short-waisted self, and hatted & gloved lady-like style (though cute) doesn't really suit me. Now, if we could talk about Sophia Loren instead...

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  12. I'm definitely in-between on this one, I probably lean more towards Marilyn but both were very stylish lady's

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  13. Why should we choose between them when JFK didn't??

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  14. I want to be both, but not at the same time. Moods. Seasons. Events. These determine how I want to dress.

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  15. I fall somewhere in between.

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  16. Some years ago, I met the friend of a friend, an older gentleperson whose gender was probably male but identified as female. His style icon was his maiden aunt, probably more like "Mrs Olson" in the Folger's coffee commercials than anyone else.

    It's a big world. Plenty of room for everyone.

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  17. I sometimes wish I could be Marilyn but in reality I know my style leans much more naturally towards Jackie :)

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  18. Marilyn when I was younger, but now I'm a Jackie. If I could get away with the pillbox hats and gloves, I'd love to wear them. Somehow when you spend your days at a computer, they don't make sense.

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  19. I would love to tell you that I'm a sexy vixen like Marilyn, but in reality I'm sweet as sugar and I'm everything nice. I'm much more of a Jackie.

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