The Luxe List

25 May 2014

The Most Beautiful Women In History And What They Teach Us About Style

Fashion has no exact origin: it comes from a conglomeration of different ideas, old and new, from style icons throughout time. From the stunning Cleopatra's winged eyes back in 56BC to that dress Marilyn Monroe wore in 'The Seven Year Itch', lets take a look at the most beautiful women throughout time and steal their style tips. 

Helen Of Sparta/ Troy (450 BC)

helen of troy most beautiful woman history

Most commonly referred to as 'the face that launched a thousand ships', Helen of Sparta (later Troy) and her abduction by Trojan Prince Paris sparked the Trojan war. She is known as the most beautiful woman in Greek Mythology and captivated both Roman and Greek men alike. She is most famously portrayed in modern culture by Diane Kruger in the blockbuster 'Troy'.

What she teaches us about style: Beautiful jewelry can make an outfit. How cute are Helen's golden hairbands? Rock these on a night out along with matching chunky gold accessories. 

Anastasia Romanov (1901-18) 
anastasia romanov most beautiful women in history

Grand Duchess Anastasia was the youngest daughter of the last sovereign of imperial Russia, Tsar Nicholas II. The question of whether she escaped her families extrajudicial killing is one of the most circulated in the early twentieth century. This lead to around ten young women claiming to be the Russian Princess, but DNA tests with descendant Phillip, Duke of York denied these claims. Like me, you are probably familiar with the 1997 Disney film about her life. 

What she teaches us about style: Anastasia shows that pearls are timelessly beautiful. Rock yours with feminine, draped white shirt and look like a Russian Princess!
Anastasia Romanov Inspired

Sacajawea (1778-1812)
Sacajawea portrayed in night of the museum

Often referred to as the most beautiful woman in history, this Native American woman transcended boundaries of colonial racism when she assisted the Lewis and Clark expedition, acting as their interpreter and guide during their discovery of the Western side of the United States. She is a well known part of American history, with her bravery used as an example for the National Woman's Suffrage Association and her face appearing on dollar coins.

What she teaches us about style: Fringing and braids will be forever fashionable. Fringed clothing complimented by tribal jewelry always looks classy and casual.

Sacagawea Style
Marie Antionette (1755-93)
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One of the most scandalous beauties in French history, the Queen of France and Neverre was known for being promiscuous and harboring sympathies from foreign enemies due to her Austrian birth.  Most famously, she was accused of defrauding the French Crown Jewellers of the price of a very expensive diamond necklace. Although found innocent, this reputation lead to her being blamed for France's financial crisis and she was sentenced to execution as a result.

What she teaches us about style: It's all about feminine detailing! Pastels, lace and Tulle are feminine and seductive in equal parts. I bet she would have loved Zac Posen, had she been alive now of course!
Marie Antoinette Style

Cleopatra (69 BC)
cleopatra most beautiful women in history

Cleopatra was the last active Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. She liased with Julius Caeser, also her lover. who strengthened her position on the throne. She then bore children to second lover Marc Antony, which has sparked love stories in modern culture including William Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra' and more contemporary Hollywood Movies. Her conquests of the worlds most powerful men show her to be sexy and strong in equal part. 

What she teaches us about style: I think it's safe to say that Cleopatra was the inventor of the winged eye! Add this to heavy jewelry and it's safe to say that she's still a huge influence on modern style!
Cleopatra Style

Anne Boleyn (1501-36)
anne boleyn tudor portrait

The second wife of Henry the Eighth's beauty stole him away from his first wife. She refused to be the King's mistress like her sister Anne and instead Henry's desire for her lead him to change the reigning religion of Catholicism to Church of England in order to annul his first marriage. She was found guilty of adultery, witchery and treason and was beheaded.

What she teaches us about style: Baroque chic is hot! Think golden prints, structured pieces and muted tones.
Anne Boleyn Style
Marilyn Monroe (1926-62)
marilyn monroe most beautiful woman ever

 THE sex symbol of the 20th century, Miss Monroe starred in major motion pictures throughout the 50s and 60s. Her exquisite looks lead to three marriages and several alleged affairs, including President Kennedy: Happy birthdaaayyyyy Mr President...

What she teaches us about style: Red lipstick looks fab on blondes, hour glass figures are hot and high waists are sexy.

Marilyn Monroe Style

Jacqueline Kennedy (1929-94)
jackie kennedy style

 Without a doubt, Jackie Kennedy is the most stylish first lady. Ever. She was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy and stuck by him until his assassination in 1963.

What she teaches us about style: How to wear a suit with elegance, yet style and how to rock any hat possible. 
Jacqueline Kennedy Style

Rachel xoxo


  1. This was great! I especially liked the parts about Helen and Cleo! Fabulously historic women.


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