American beauties of style

Maria Bobila

EDIE SEDGWICKThe 1960s muse to pop artist Andy Warhol exuded a downtown New York City, hip style that many young fashionistas admire today. A 1965 issue of Life Magazine labeled Edie as the “girl in the black tights,” which were almost always included in the socialite’s beatnik ensembles. Also sported by the It Girl are shift dresses, leotards, chandelier earrings, layered necklaces and stripes. For even more inspiration, watch the biopic “Factory Girl” starring Sienna Miller or read the book “Edie: Girl on Fire,” which includes hundreds of portraits and snapshots showing off her one-of-a-kind fashion. Follow Edie’s mod style and you will always be the life of the party.Try: Opaque Tights, $11.00, HUE Lux “I’ll Be Your Mirror” Minidress, $78.00, Urban Outfitters Double-Drop Hoop Earrings, $345.00, Ericson Beamon

EDIE SEDGWICKAUDREY HEPBURN Edie is considered downtown swank, then Audrey captures the essence of classic uptown elegance. Also an iconic figure in the 1960s, as well as the 1950s, Hepburn was an Academy and Tony Award-winning triple threat with her accomplishments in film, musical theatre and dance. Hepburn’s “little black cocktail dress” designed by Givenchy for her most recognized film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” was sold at an auction in December 2006 for approximately $920,000, the highest-priced dress from a film. To attain her many essentials of style, watch her films such as “Roman Holiday,” “My Fair Lady” and “Funny Face.”Try: Xhilaration Ballerina Flats, $12.99, Target Mac Trench Coat, $545.00, Rag & Bone Square Neck Satin Dress, $188.00, Nicole Miller

JACKIE KENNEDY ONASIS Jackie O, the first lady whose image and persona embodied sophisticated chic, was what every American housewife wanted to achieve. Her creative instincts were not only rooted in fashion but also in interior design and party hosting. Kennedy was fond of high-fashion designers such as Valentino, Chanel and Carolina Herrera. She started the trend of the “pillbox hat” that inspired the 1960s collections of Balenciaga and Givenchy. Jackie’s famous style was even put on exhibit by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which goes to show her stylish legacy in America and beyond.Try: One-Shoulder Satin Dress, $328.00, Black Halo Patent Leather with Buckle Flats, $420.00, Roger Vivier Oversized “Jackie” Sunglasses, $13.00, 80’s Purple