#JFK The Life, The Loves, The Style

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Unless you live in a cave, I’m sure you’ve heard that today is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of JFK.

His death in such a violent, horrific, shocking, and PUBLIC way and the endless speculation about it all is likely the biggest story involving any president of the United States, ever.

Yes, Lincoln’s death was horrific as well, but it wasn’t IN THE MIDDLE OF A PARADE, in front of a crowd of young and old alike… and there’s NO question of who his assassin was, and whether or not he “acted alone.”

If you’ve ever read a book on JFK, or watch a documentary, you’d question…

Was it REALLY Oswald, acting alone?

Was it LBJ, drunk with ambition?

Was it the CIA or Military Industrial Complex?

Was it because of the Bay of Pigs? Because he was about to bring the troops back from Vietnam? His campaign along with RFK to rid the country of organized crime?

We’ll likely never know…

Politics, and solving “whodunits” aren’t really my area… I’m more interested in the life and relationships of JFK. Though he was a great man in a many ways, who genuinely wanted to improve the world (founding the Peace Corps, championing civil rights, and – oh yeah, saving the world from the brink of nuclear war) much of the good in his legacy is eclipsed by his personal life.

Why was he such a ladies man when he had such a gorgeous, educated wife? How could he be both a dedicated family man, and insatiable cad? What was his relationship with Jackie really like?

JFK was rumoured to have had “encounters” and ongoing affairs with legions of women, most notably a 19-year-old White House intern; Socialite Judith Campbell Exner (who also became involved with Sam Giancana, a mob boss); and movie stars Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich (who had “relations” with JFK’s father, Joseph Kennedy, when JFK was a teen).

A quick glance at our youngest-ever president, we quickly see magnetic appeal. The great aphrodisiacs – power, confidence and charm. We also see an exceptional style. Were there stylists back then? Or were designers knocking on the president’s door to dress him and the first lady, much like today.

#JFK’s STYLE

Whichever, Kennedy – or should we say The Kennedy’s, were impeccable in their styling. JFK himself wore dark top colours, with typical white trousers, perhaps chinos, and loved his sports. Sailing was a favourite and you’ve all seen his cable knit jumpers and relaxed trousers, boat shoes and opulent lifestyle.

So how does dressing in your 40s really look? Think a simple, traditional double-breasted jacket, a ‘King’s Speech’ style overcoat and silk scarf. It’s these timeless items that will never go out of Vogue and work well at all ages when worn correctly. It’s a simple formula that doesn’t have to change each and every season – easy.

Colours: Stick to your camels, browns, greys, navy blues, khaki, cremes and blacks.
Fabrics: Add waxed denim and waxed cottons in jeans, pants and jackets; cool, sexy and timeless.
Accessories: Wear a kerchief or a scarf – yes do it! – and also a single leather cuff around your wrist. Pocket squares are essential even if you’ve a jacket with a t-shirt underneath for that relaxed feel.

Make sure your trouser cuffs are either straight legged, or slightly tapered. Please don’t wear boot leg jeans just because your waistline has expanded a little and you’re trying to balance it out. Nothing helps a waistline more than dropping the sugar from your diet, and a short workout in the morning. Even if it’s on your lounge room floor doing situps and pushups.

Bring a vest into the mix. Diesel have the BEST denim and distressed leather vests for your liking.

If you want to experiment with a single piece that ‘pops’ colour, then try it on your belt or socks.

JFK was the opitome of the IVY League dressing. Think chinos, button down shirting, loafers, an elegant casual look that is simple and classic, cable knits, jacquard knits, poloshirts, aviators and classic raybans.

P.S. After researching this story, I came across an interview with one of the emergency room doctors on staff who treated the president that fateful day and personally placed him in his coffin. Since this is such an important story in history, I just have to share this – set your face to shock: Click here to view.