At this point, extolling the virtues of Grace Kelly’s enduring style borders on basic, but it’s hard not to marvel at just how much her timeless sense of fashion holds up today.
It’s also hard to not feel a pang when thinking about her fairy-tale life—and its tragic ending. Kelly, a movie star, was the toast of Hollywood and one of the most iconic beauties of all time when she met Prince Rainier of Monaco on a photo shoot. The two married in 1956 and had three children before Kelly died in a tragic car accident in 1982.
The icon would have turned 86 years old today and, undoubtedly, would have been every bit as elegant as she was when she was young. In honor of Kelly, take a look at some of her best fashion and beauty looks—and try not to be too envious of those perfect waves.
Belted slacks and sensible shoes never looked so chic. Here, Kelly was a few days away from marrying Prince Rainier III in 1956.
Has anyone on earth looked like this riding a horse? In a tube top?
The picture of glamour in 1954.
Looking like royalty, as usual.
If this doesn’t make you want to troll Etsy for a vintage fur stole, we don’t know what will.
The true meaning of #EyebrowsOnFleek.
Stealing the show at the 28th Annual Academy Awards in 1956.
A chic case for modesty.
A caped beauty with François Truffaut in 1974.