How to Create a Jackie Kennedy Costume for Halloween (DIY Guide)

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Through the years, whether Jacqueline was a Bouvier, Kennedy or Onassis, she was known for her iconic style and grace. You can recreate her style for a classy costume.

As the much-beloved wife of President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jackie Kennedy's looks were never that complex, but every detail was perfect. Duplicate that perfection in your costume by finding all of the right accessories for your Jacqueline Kennedy Halloween costume.

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Here are a few of our favorite Jackie Kennedy costume ideas.

Things You'll Need

  • Dress

  • Jewelry

  • Pillbox hat

  • Long white gloves (optional)

  • Black oversize glasses (optional)

  • Shoes

  • Clutch or handbag

  • Brown wig (if needed)

  • Makeup

Pick your Jackie Kennedy costume style

Decide what type of former first lady Jackie Kennedy look you would like to emulate. Some people may select the famous pink Chanel-inspired suit that she wore on the day of JFK's assassination. Others may prefer a little black dress or another simple yet elegant evening look.

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Shop for dresses

Search vintage stores and online vintage sites for a similar outfit or dress. Jackie wore simply designed retro suits that were of the '50s and '60s era. A typical black dress for the first lady was a sleeveless shift dress with a nipped-in waist and a hemline that fell at the knee.

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Look for vintage Lily Pulitzer dresses, as Jackie was photographed in this designer's creations in shots with her family. Jackie wore evening gowns with simple lines.

A satin, strapless gown with an empire waist that falls right above the toes is an appropriate choice.

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Add classic Jackie O accessories

Add accessories to your DIY Jackie O costume outfit. A classic pearl necklace with matching earrings is a safe choice. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis also frequently wore diamonds. Go for diamond necklaces, earrings and brooches with designs that aren't fussy. S

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elect a matching pillbox hat when wearing a suit, as this was one of Jackie's signature looks.

Couple a pair of long white gloves with an evening gown for another favorite look of this fashion icon. Black oversize glasses can be worn with a casual-style first lady costume.

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Choose complementing shoes

Select a pair of shoes that complement the formality of your outfit. Choose satin heels that match or coordinate with the color of your gown. Wear a low, sling-back, leather, pointed-toe heel with a black dress or with a suit. Tasteful leather sandals will match a casual outfit or a sheath dress.

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Add a coordinating clutch bag

Carry a clutch with or without a simple adornment or a Kelly bag style of handbag in a color that coordinates with your outfit or shoes.

Style your hair

Arrange your hair in a neat style with the ends curled under. If you do not have brown hair, you can purchase a smooth wig in a brown hue. Pull your hair into a French twist or a chignon for an evening look.

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Apply tasteful makeup

Use a natural approach to your makeup by wearing a light pink blush, natural-toned eye makeup and a touch of black or dark brown mascara. Apply a frosted pink lipstick, as style icon Jackie Kennedy frequently wore this color.

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