As the years go by women’s fashion continues to evolve with the times. Among all of the fashionistas in the world, there are a few women throughout history that have become notable style icons. We’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 favorite ladies whose fashion has withstood the test of time.
Audrey Hepburn is one of the most notable style icons from the last century. Her black dress accessorized with a tiara and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s has become an iconic Halloween costume worn by many young girls. Hepburn was a fearless fashionista in her everyday life as well. Her chic and simple style staples, such as capris and ballet flats, have put her on various Best Dressed lists. As well as her fashion choices, her hairstyles have also become iconic. She is known for perfecting the bun and bang look.
Other than being one of the First Lady of The United States, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has become a huge style icon. Best known for making everyone envious of her pill box hats and “bug eyed” sunglasses, Jackie O was a vision of elegance. She was often photographed in her bright, vibrant, solid pieces with a pair of white gloves. Growing up as a Southampton New York, socialite, her style made complete sense. She even went as far as retaining her own fashion designer, Oleg Cassini, who dressed her in most of her iconic styles from 1961-1963. After the death of Kennedy, Jackie’s style took a more casual turn into jeans, turtlenecks, and head scarves, which she still made effortlessly classy.
Known as the classic blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe is still one of the most desired women in the world. Better remembered for her looks rather than her acting career, she meets all of the criteria of a beautiful woman. In today’s standards, she would actually be considered a plus size model because she wore a size 12. But it didn’t matter, men wanted her and women wanted to be her. Her platinum hair paired with her light skin and iconic cherry red lips gave off a total sex symbol vibe. Some of her most well known outfits are the pleated white dress from The Seven Year Itch and her pink ball gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In real life, Monroe dressed rather conservatively, often wearing turtlenecks and pants that still flattered her figure. Even though her life came to a tragic ending, she will still be one of the biggest beauty influences of all time.
First trying to make it as an actress in New York City, Bettie Page soon rose to stardom in the rockabilly, punk culture. She is one of the most famous pinup models, photographed primarily in various lingerie sets throughout the 1950s. She posed for photographer Irving Klaw, making her the first famous bondage model to do BDSM poses. Her hourglass shape, black hair, and short bangs have been redone numerous times. Page has paved the way for pinup glamour models such as Dita Von Teese and Kat Von D.
The year was 1980 and everyone wanted to be a “material girl”. Since emerging onto the scene, Madonna has become a chameleon and icon in media. Women in the 80’s copied her look with leggings under skirts, lots of accessories, and her signature face mole. Her outfit for her hit, “Like a Virgin”, pictured above, is still remembered today. Another one of her notable outfits is her bodysuit with cone boobs. Being the fashionista that she is, Madonna launched her teen brand, Material Girl in 2010 that was inspired by her daughter Lourdes. Keeping up with the times, Madonna has evolved her style and is still continuing to do so while still keeping a hint of her bold, fashion statements of the 80s.
A pure, beautiful, goddess, Elizabeth Taylor has been considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. She was a classic Hollywood actress as well as a style icon and avid jewelry collector. Her fashion style consisted of slip dresses that complimented her curvy figure. Her husband Richard Burton gave her three notable pieces of jewelry that sold for over $150 million after her death. Her most memorable feature was her sparkling, lavender eyes, which have yet to be duplicated. In her role as Cleopatra, her cat eyed makeup inspired the “cat eye” trend in daily life, which is still practiced today.
Lead singer for Blondie and Untitled Magazine Favorite, Debbie Harry, is most certainly an envious punk rock diva. With outfits that looked like thrift store finds, Harry commanded the stage and her fans followed suit. Leather leggings, biker jackets, and animal prints added to her rebel spirit and made all of us fall in love with her signature look. In 2014, she sat down for an exclusive interview with our editor in chief, Indira Cesarine, where she talked about the history of Blondie and how they predicted the fusion-heavy music of today. Her interview is also a part of our Legendary Issue 7, where she is featured with other well known celebrities and fashionistas.
Sarah Jessica Parker has become a style icon for two personas – herself and her character, Carrie Bradshaw. Both are known for taking huge fashion risks. Her pink ballet tutu skirt in the opening of Sex and the City has become iconic. SJP has risen in the fashion world simultaneously with her on-screen alter ego. In 2004, she signed a contract with GAP and became their spokesperson for a year. She has since gone on to be a spokesmodel for Jordache Jeans and created her own successful shoe line, SJP Collection, in the interim. Parker showed up to the 2016 Met Gala in a fabulous white two piece accessorized with blue shoes from her own collection.
Blake Lively has come a long way from playing Upper East Side fashionista Serena Van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. Her style on the show was that of a typical, New York teen and often her character went between bohemian and preppy styles. Since then, Lively has gained influential fashion status and all without the help of a stylist. She has often vocalized that she has her own sense of style, and whatever she’s doing is clearly working. Lively almost always makes it on to a Best Dressed list at award shows and knows how to dress for her body type. Recently, she has been gaining attention for her adorable pregnancy style choices. Wife to Ryan Reynolds and mother to almost two, Blake still kills it on the red carpet.
Last but not least is the queen herself, Beyoncé. She has been stepping up the fashion game since she was in Destiny’s Child wearing clothes made by her mother. Bey always looks like a vision and she knows it. Her tour outfits are so hot they seem as though they might catch on fire. She has become well known for wearing the barely there dress on the red carpet, such as her 2015 Met Gala dress. In her recent visual album for Lemonade, Mrs. Carter donned a gorgeous yellow dress by Roberto Cavalli that inspired a thousand memes. She also recently launched an athletic line, Ivy Park, that has proved successful.
Fashion will still continue to evolve, but these ladies will always have never ending style.