Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's Iconic Style

by ABARA SG on Jan 07, 2023

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's Iconic Style

Dear Ms Stylish,

Born this day, the 7th of January in 1966, and now a quarter of a century after her tragic death from a plane crash, the iconic Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s (CBK) style influence lives on.

Bessette Kennedy joins the pantheon of true style icons who, during their lifetime, and especially posthumously, have an enormous influence on fashion and style—there's Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, and even Anita Mui to name but a few. Though she died very young (age 33!), and her time on the world stage was brief, CBK left a strong style legacy which has taken quite a hold on fashion, even today. You need look no harder than the infamous Meghan Markle to see her influence in practice today. You'd be hard pressed to find a designer, woman in the public eye, or a street style fanatic who hasn't looked to the iconic blonde for inspiration at one time or another.

But what was it about CBK's style that makes it transcend trend and time? The elements boil down to a few key items. CBK stuck strictly to a minimal colour palette (mostly black, white, and other neutrals), a sharply-tailored coat, intellectual details, uncluttered lean lines, and her husband John F. Kennedy Jr. as her ultimate accessory. CBK's style is the very definition of 1990s minimalism, and perfectly in step with the fashion trends of today.

In the spirt of her modern American style, we at ABARA have pulled together 3 of our classic bag designs that will bring a little bit of that CBK magic into your everyday wardrobe.

ABARA Keeps'Ake

The Keeps'Ake in crocodile leather is perfect in shape and proportion for the cleanest of CBK outfits. Designed to be worn in multiple ways, long or short, over the shoulder or as a clutch bag. Simply shorten the strap by tucking it at the base of the bag or fashion it as a handbag by tucking it into the back compartment.

ABARA Tr'Apeze

ABARA has created the everyday handbag that fits the sophisticated and polished style of CBK; the Tr’Apeze Bag in a glazed black crocodile leather is a classic top handle bag with a modern, smart-formal silhouette that is unexpectedly spacious. Featuring the signature custom made 18k Gold ‘A’ logo as a design focus, this bag will go well with any heel height.

ABARA B’Aguette 

Inspired by the energy of city-living, this is THE bag which would go perfectly with a minimalist slip dress, or with a classic coat for your travels in style. To add to its versatility, the B'Aguette comes with 2 detachable straps of different lengths so that at every corner and down every block, you'd never repeat a fit.

XXX 💋 The ABARA Team