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Jackie, Audrey, Brigitte and More: Nail Their Signature Summer Styles

I was watching some commercial for a department store the other day, and when the girl in it called a pair of shorts "the ideal summer style," I had a bit of a "Huh?" moment. Like, ideal summer style for who? I'm pretty sure "summer style" means concert-ready studded cutoffs for one girl and Nantucket red bermuda shorts for the next. Really, summer style's not about one look but several—preppy, bohemian, trend-trying—so when I think of it, I think of a handful of things—and more often, people.

Usually it's a celebrity or movie character that really embodied a certain look, like Brigitte Bardot in her glamorous caftans. She always seemed like she was either just coming from a yacht or about to board one, so she's brilliant inspiration when I'm heading to the beach but I want to look fancy. But she's not my only touchstone for "what do I wear?" summer mornings: below, eight of my most favorite warm-weather style inspirations who happen to all be very different, too. Whatever your idea of "summer style" is, it's in there, in its most ideal, quintessential form. (And so are pieces you can shop to nail each look, because what fun would it be without that?)

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Audrey Hepburn: The Preppy Summer Look

She looked great in furs and wool dresses, but she totally embraced warm-weather acccessories and fabrics, too. Road-trip-ready headscarf and pants that match the picnic blanket: can't get much more summery than that. Click through to shop the look.


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Kate Moss: The Dramatic Summer Look

Kate Moss knows the secret to creating a head-turning look when it's 85 degrees out: you can't exactly pile on the layers to look cool and glamorous, so add a big, bold accessory instead, like a floppy hat. Click through to shop the look.


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Bo Derek: The Exotic Beach Look

Boys in the 1980s considered this poster a totally hot pin-up, but we'd consider it ideal beach makeup inspiration. There's something about slightly smudgey eyeliner that just looks even better against sunkissed skin, like something a rock star's girlfriend would wear for a night out in St. Barts. Click through to shop the look.


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Brigitte Bardot: The Just-Stepped-Off-a-Yacht Look

She always had a "I just came from a boat" thing going on, whether it was a casual nautical striped shirt or a formal dress that had all the ease and laid-back-ness of a beach cover-up. Click through to shop the look.


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Kate Bosworth: The Festival-Ready Look

She's an ace at the whole festival dressing thing, always looking cool in way that's free-spirited, never contrived. (The secret's to pick a couple of standout, fun pieces—a fringed bag, a neon sandal—and then keep the rest classic.) Click through to shop the look.


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Marilyn Monroe: The Pin-Up Beach Look

Not that she needed it, but Marilyn totally knew how to flatter her figure: high-waisted bikinis are super-slimming and ruffles create the illusion of curves. Click through to shop the look.


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Rachel Zoe: The Bohemian Summer Look

Gotta love the ease of the look: slip into a caftan, toss on some glamorous gold jewelry and go. Click through to shop the look.


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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: The Polished Summer Look

When it's too hot to think, it's easy to get lazy with your outfit. But not Jackie. She always looked professional, crisp and luncheon-ready, thanks to little shifts, buckle flats and those iconic sunglasses. Click through to shop the look.


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