Style Icon: C.Z. Guest

Our series on past and present style icons and what we can garner from them begins with the ivy league beauty, Mrs. C.Z. Guest.
Born on this day, February 19, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, Lucille Douglas Cochrane or C.Z Guest as she was better known, was most notably a socialite, author and gardener extraordinaire, who personified the clean-cut and unadorned American style.

One of the most photographed woman in 20th century America, long considered one of the “beautiful people”, she exuded an air of indifference when it came to her status as a chic and stylish icon.
This nonchalance to her iconic label and her down to earth sensibilities were never more apparent than when she was discussing her love of gardening. A talented author, she penned a series of books about gardening, the first one titled ‘First Garden’, which was reported as one of her proudest accomplishments.

The epitome of aristocratic prep, she chose simple lines, soft colors and sporty pieces that highlighted her patrician beauty. She favored designers who worked the suble everyday glamour that categorized classic American dressing like Mainbocher and could always be found on best dressed lists everywhere.
Often compared to Grace Kelly due to their pale skin and hair, blue eyes, and coolish beauty, she embodied a look reminiscent of Palm Beach dwellers and residents of the Hamptons.

She chose to forego heavy makeup and trendiness and illustrated old guard chic when not on show, embracing starched white shirts, riding pants and boots, cashmere sweaters and minimal jewelry.
C.Z. Guest died on November 8, 2003 in Old Westbury (Long Island), New York.

We have a full list of ladies and gentlemen who will be spotlighted in this series but there is always room for more, who do you consider to be an icon of style??

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