CGN’s Insider Report: A Nod to Mrs. Kennedy Onassis

Posted August 3, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Building Your Brand

This past Sunday marked Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis’s 84th birthday. For women of my mother’s (and subsequent) generations she epitomized everything a true lady should be.

As a child, if you remembered hearing, Sit up like a young lady, OR Walk like a young lady, OR Behave like a young lady  just realize, the ‘lady’ to whom your mother (or Grandmother referred) was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Recently, Brie Dyas of the Huffington Post described the ‘Jackie’ phenomenon this way,

Her name became a code word for a complete lifestyle. Having great manners? Very Jackie Kennedy. Using candelabras at the dinner table? That’s very Jackie Kennedy, too. Thank you notes, tasteful wallpaper, an appreciation for literature — all of these things, and so much more, would be the answer to the question “What would Jackie Kennedy do?”

On the fashion front, Mrs. Kennedy-Onassis brought us pillbox hats, sheaths, and the PERFECT pair of sunglasses, all while looking supremely effortless in her choices. I’m typically not one who gushes over style icons, but this is different.


Mrs. Kennedy maneuvered an obscenely public, and sometimes tragic, life with a grace and elegance we rarely see today.

In a world of daily gut-spilling-tell-all-drama trauma, it serves us well to remember sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.

And, a fabulous pair of sunglasses never hurts.

Want more? See 12 Unforgettable Style Lessons of Jackie Kennedy here.

About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.