Of course, having BFFs that include Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley helps C.Z. Guest rank pretty high on the preppy list, too. Her life seems so exciting, almost like a riveting fiction novel, except that it is real. While jetsetting around the world with friends, she lived her life to the fullest. She was married in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway as the best man and counted princes and princesses among her closest friends.
Even though she was a high profile member of society, she possessed a casual elegance that made everyone around her feel comfortable. Whether in the garden or in the ballroom, she exuded a carefree style that only a true fashion icon can have. Her style is timeless. If you look at pictures of C.Z. Guest from any stage of her life, as a new socialite bride or as a cancer survivor, her style translates to a look that is considered stylish in any decade. She could turn a simple shift dress into the perfect look just by tying a scarf around her neck.
She was painted by Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol. Slim Aarons also loved to photograph this classic American icon. Isn't this the most perfect image?
What do you think "makes" a style icon? What characteristics should a style icon possess?
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