Monday, August 23, 2010

What I Bought Today: Ode to Jackie O.

One of my style icons is without a doubt Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I think I favor a lot of the classy staples she made iconic like big sunglasses, pearls, and gloves. Really, there has never been a more elegant first lady (though I DO love love love Michelle Obama). Jackie exudes class, grace, and is elevated to a heroine status in the eyes of many for how she dealt with great tragedy with such poise. Jackie was a real lady; she possessed a flavor of elegance that I feel is slipping away in today's world.

I stumbled upon a great upcycling store in Newport called Crossroads Trading ( It's the same idea as Buffalo Exchange, and now it is one of my favorite stores. I think I had been in one of the L.A. locations before, but was just too overwhelmed. When you come into one of these stores you have to be prepared to hunt. There were lots of great designer labels and barely used clothes at this locale. What's funny is I didnt really feel like buying and had just made some money off of trading clothes in. I though I would quickly peruse the dress section (my favorite) to get a feel for the store. Inevitably, I stumbled upon this dress by Juicy Couture. So classic. So chic. So right for work in the fall or winter. Perfect for tea. It looked like it had never been worn, and I think the size is mislabeled. It's wool and lurex. It fit like a glove and is the epitome of Jackie O style.

So you see, I had to buy it and take it home. For Jackie. I envision wearing it as it's styled here, with vintage gloves (gifted to me by one of my best friends last Christmas), the pearls my mother passed on to me, and of course my large, black, sunglasses.


  1. Beth, Michelle's post at the Stamp Your Heart Out blog sent me here. Editor of ALTERED COUTURE, congratulations. I have Stampington ties, TRUE COLORS and the Unusual Suspects stamps. I also write the "word of the week" for the SYHO e-newsletter. Your piece about Claremont...I will be sure Joan sees it...the Chamber of Commerce should see it. What affection and insight into the joys of that unique community. Happy to have found you.

  2. Oooooh Beth! This* is* just* fabulous!!!!! What a find! And to wear it with gloves and pearls, my oh my! So stilish.

  3. How perfect Beth!!

    What a lovely score. Oh and with cute black kitten heeled pumps toooo cute. The little gold buttons are a great period touch.

    I can remember my mum making a dress like this out of a burnt umber nubby wool. She made it to wear for the looong airplane trip to the States when we moved back from Germany in the early 60s. It was a classic style then and has remained so!! There are not to many styles that can say that!

    Have fun wearing it! For sure you will bring a bit of Camelot to Stampington on those days :) Pattie ;)
    Mazatlan Mx.

  4. Gorgeous inspiration and dress, darling!


  5. Jacqueline Kennedy had "it". Coco Chanel would have loved her!