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Jackie O’s Best Vacation Looks Are As Flawless As Summer Style Gets

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“The only routine with me is no routine at all,” the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once stated. But frankly, and with all due respect—we don’t believe her! No one wakes up looking the way she did, especially not when they are on vacation. There had to have been a method to her exquisite madness—if by madness we mean locating, and then donning, the perfect big—but not too big!—sunglasses, the loveliest wind-defying silk head scarf, the just-jaunty-enough basket bag, and always, always the flawless string of pearls. (“Pearls are always appropriate,” the former First Lady once opined, and we can just hear her offering this in that whispery, utterly distinctive voice.)

In the many years that she dwelt in the public eye—from the 1947–1948 social season, when she was “Debutante of the Year,” to 1953, when she married John F. Kennedy, to 1968, when she stunned the world by marrying Aristotle Onassis, we have studied with open-mouthed admiration her incomparable style.

Printed cotton frocks in Hyannis! White trousers and dark tees in Capri! Not-too-skimpy black bikinis in Skorpios!

“I want to live my life, not record it,” the great lady purportedly said. But luckily for us (if not for her), photographers captured her every step of the way, and we have the results to admire forever.

In celebration of what would have been her 88th birthday, our roster of Jackie-inspired vacation fashions.

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Michael Kors Collection cropped gingham cotton-blend poplin wrap top, $330, net-a-porter.com; LD Carey the Mimi hat, $375, for information: ldcarey.com; Carven linen Bermuda shorts, $125, stylebop.com; Carrie Forbes black salon slip-on sandals, $270, modaoperandi.com

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Marysia Swim Shelter Island scallop-edged cotton cover-up, $400, matchesfashion.com; Miu Miu swimwear, $689, miumiu.com; LOQ Piedra Altea sandals, $290, bonadrag.com

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Ann Mashburn designer tunic in pink roxford, $175, annmashburn.com; Donni Charm Donni Handle woven straw bag with cotton gingham handles, $98, donnicharm.com; Ray-Ban RB3183 sunglasses, $175, sunglasshut.com; Calvin Klein Collection Lagen tailored linen trousers, $202, matchesfashion.com; Donni Charm Donni Bandana cotton or linen square neckerchief, $50, donnicharm.com

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HVN Jordan gingham sleeveless dress, $587, matchesfashion.com; Miriam Haskell pearl seashell necklace, $1,150, 1stdibs.com; Bottega Veneta ruffled cotton-blend cardigan, $1,780, modesens.com; Gucci horsebit-detail leather sandals, $595, net-a-porter.com

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Jean Yu strapless swimsuit, $525, modaoperandi.com; Gucci black oversize rectangular sunglasses, $360, ssense.com; Hermès Oceáne sandals, $780, usa.hermes.com

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Saint Laurent square sunglasses, $269, stylebop.com; Hill House Home the Libby top, $111, hillhousehome.com; Diane von Furstenberg Eliat slides, $248, shopbop.com

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Rodebjer bottle-green Armita tunic, $350, bonadrag.com; Balenciaga ruffled floral-print silk-georgette scarf, net-a-porter.com; Rodebjer bottle-green Rose summer pant, $280, bonadrag.com; Repetto Cendrillon ballet flats, $295, shopbop.com; Chanel oval summer sunglasses, $350, chanel.com

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