Proof Nancy Reagan Was A Style Icon, In Addition To Being A Formidable First Lady — PHOTOS
On Sunday morning, it was announced that former First Lady Nancy Reagan had passed away at the age of 94. The wife of President Ronald Reagan was, in her long life, an actor, a philanthropist, and an activist, but Nancy Reagan was also known for her impeccable outfits and fashion influence. Upon her husband's ascent to the presidency, Nancy made it one of her jobs to restore elegance and glamour to a White House that had lost those connotations since the Kennedys were in office. She was known for wearing red and expensive designer fashions, yet while her penchant for glamour made her into an icon, it was also was the subject of some criticism, earning her the nickname Queen Nancy, according to the NY Times. While some chastised her practice of accepting and wearing donated designer goods, eventually causing her to stop accepting them, Nancy defended her choices as made in the interest of promoting American designers and craftsmanship.
Even after her husband left office, Nancy continued to be honored for her impact on the fashion world. Her wardrobe has been displayed in an exhibit at the Reagan library, and she won a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1989. To celebrate a long and highly fashionable life, here are images of some of Reagan's most stylish outfits.
A much younger Nancy Reagan was less formal, but still very stylish and poised.
Both Reagans could obviously rock the preppy look.
That suit with his sweater are perfectly endearing, patriotic, and age appropriate.
Dressed For Travel
Looking casual yet stylish in a hat and scarf.
Formal And In Demand
Agreeing with BJ Novak — this is an amazing picture, in part because of her sleek evening gown.
Looking Sharp With Obama
She could rock a pantsuit well into her 90s.
This Green Coat
With Mr. T
Yes, this is a great moment for many reasons, but Reagan's Christmas dress is perfection.
She looks so happy in her classic red. I also love how often she accessorized with gold jewelry.
Looking like the definition of First Lady.
The only thing more perfect than the silhouette of this dress is the necklace she paired with it.
Finally, Her Many Looks
One of the few people with a wardrobe good enough to be its own art exhibit. Rest in peace, Nancy Reagan.