Undeniably one of the greatest icons of our era, Jackie O epitomizes timeless glamour. Her affinity for simple, classic staples — think ballet flats, ladylike purses, Hermés scarves and oversized shades — continues to influence the fashion world at large. Michael Kors’ Resort 2012 Collection, which featured ‘60s-inspired cropped pants, double-breasted jackets and retro trenches on a fluorescent palette, paid homage to the former-first lady with its designs and title: “Jackie O Goes Surfing.” Even Jil Sander seems to have caught Jackie O fever, as her Fall 2012 collection boasts luxe cardigans, deconstructed plaids, and monogrammed details.

Spotted outside of Rockefeller center, this Fashionista mixes preppy pieces with modern flare. Tailored to perfection, her Francesca’s dress tests the tribal trend in a cool but conservative way. Like Mrs. Kennedy Onassis, this Fashionista embraces a “less is more” philosophy — to balance the bold skirt, she sticks with streamlined silhouettes and delicate accessories.

For instant retro elegance, pick up a pair of cat-eyed sunglasses — far more versatile than Wayfarers, their rounded shape fits every face. This Fashionista favors Marc by Marc Jacobs frames, but Urban Outfitters makes an affordable alternative. Of course, no preppy look is complete without an elegant timepiece (checking your cell phone for time? How gauche). If JKO’s Cartier Tank Louis exceeds your budget, this Fashionista’s Michael Kors Horn Jet Set Watch is both understated and sophisticated. For a hint of summer sparkle, throw on some light, ultra-girly bangles, like these from Stella & Dot. In true blueblood fashion, this Fashionista dons her favorite family heirloom — a charm bracelet from her grandmother. To take your preppy ensemble to the next level, understated, personalized accessories (think vintage pearl earrings) are key.

I hesitate to call Fall’s focus on preppy pieces a “trend,” as the word often conjures images of wild patterns and eccentric designs. Synonymous with class, polish and grace, the preppy revival serves as a testament to Jacqueline Kennedy’s legacy.

Spotted: Eva Mendes loves her Thierry Lasry cat eye frames. Princess Kate is often spotted wearing a charm bracelet from her step mother-in-law, Camilla.

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