American Beauty.

picture perfect.

This week I have been quite excited with the news of  “commoner” Kate Middleton’s engagement to Prince William. You’d think Kate was my dear friend as I’ve grown so fond of her. She is poised, gorgeous and has a well-chosen, classic sense of style worthy of a million inevitable imitations. All this hoopla over Kate reminds me of a similar affection our country felt for Carolyn Bessette when she married into the Kennedy legacy in 1996. Born in Connecticut and educated in Boston, Carolyn then moved to New York City and worked as a publicist for Calvin Klein in the early 1990’s (the designer would later go on to dress her in his established signature look). Her style clearly reflected her New England prep-meets-New York high society lifestyle. What set Carolyn apart was her sleek, no-nonsense approach to hair, makeup and wardrobe. If she were with us today, Carolyn would still be a fashion icon undoubtedly wearing the same style of timeless investment pieces. Much like her mother-in-law, Jackie O, Carolyn’s style has continued to influence designers and “commoners” alike.

Style Salute.

1. Labour of Love Double-Breasted Trench Coat
2. Gitman Brothers Sisters White Button Down Shirt
3. Topshop Kacy Fringed Loafers
4. Sephora Lip & Cheek Stain
5. Calvin Klein Draped Jersey Dress
6. Charles Jourdan ‘Blair’ Stilletos
7. Bailey 44 Werewolf Faux Fur Coat
8. Closed V-Neck Cashmere Pullover
9. Adriano Goldschmied ‘The Stilt’ Corduroy Pants
10. Bandolino ‘Codi’ Boots
11. Topshop Calf Length Flannel Skirt

5 thoughts on “American Beauty.

  1. Allison E-R-P-C- Boehm says:

    Love it! And I loveeeeeeed her as well. I use to style myself in cheap knockoffs of all of her ensembles back in my Nordies days. Especially the black sweater/khaki skirt/brown boot look! So fab!

    • styletrial says:

      oh my goodness AERPCB!! i remember seeing you at work once, and you were wearing a skirt, a sweater top and knee high boots! i was amaaaaaazed at how mature, fancy and professional you looked at like, not even 21 years old! it was totally the CBK influence 🙂

  2. Tahlia says:

    Carolyn is a classic beauty. I love that you featured her this time around! I’m dying for the CK draped jersey dress.. all the selections you made are inspired! Love it!

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