15 American Style Icons and How to Dress Like Them

Celebrate Independence Day with the most fashionable women in the USA.
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Celebrate Independence Day with the most fashionable women in the USA.

When it comes to Fourth of July fashion, most people go the obvious route in red, white and blue apparel, but here at Fashionista we're forgoing a literal interpretation of the holiday, and instead channeling our favorite American style icons of all time.

Why? Because American women are some of the most fashionable women in the world. Need proof? Look no further than Josephine Baker's rhinestoned costumes, Sofia Coppola's elegant basics, Marilyn Monroe's bombshell bathing suits, and Courtney Love's prim take on grunge to see that the ladies of the USA have tastes as diverse as our nation itself.

There's an American style icon for everyone, just read our list below, pick your favorite and find out how to get her look.

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Who needs tops when you have bras?! What good are pants without an underwear waistband showing?! All questions Gwen Stefani has answered with her oddball, sporty-meets-couture style.

1. Sloane and Tate Silverlake Briefs, $53

2. Hood by Air Mountain Pant, $475

3. River Island Bikini Top, $24

4. Jeffery Campbell Sandals, $180

5. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Star 645, $33

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The nonagenarian might be the most stylish woman in New York City. She's instantly recognizable by her bug-eye glasses and armfuls of bangle bracelets.

1. Alexis Bittar Cuff, $195

2. Tom Ford Round Glasses, $380

3. J. Crew Floral Print Silk Jacket, $180 (on sale!)

4. Shorouk Gold-Plated Swarovski and Sequin Necklace, $995

5. Shorouk Gold-Plated Swarovski and Sequin Earrings, $490

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There's no questioning the effect Courtney Love has had on fashion. She rocks baby doll dress like it's nobody's business, can make tiaras and flower crowns cool and continues to break all the fashion rules in the best way possible.

1. Crystal Tiara, $19.99

2. Saint Laurent Babydoll Dress, $1,874.53

3. Oz All White Wedges, $355.12

4. Nars Lipstick in Gypsy, $26

5. Mandy Coon Bunny Bag, $455

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The original sex kitten, Bettie Page set the standards that all pinups since have been held to.

1. Kiki De Montparnasse Cage Bra, $395

2. L'Agent Black Panties, $40

3. American Apparel Hold-Up Sheer Stockings, $25

4. Saint Laurent Black Patent Pump, $342 (on sale!)

5. T3 Voluminous 1 1/2" Hot Rollers, $20 

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With her epically mascara-ed eyes and collection of shimmering dresses, Ross epitomized the style of disco in the '70s.

1. Von Vonni Halter Dress, $197.99 (on sale!)

2. Michael Kors Medium Hoop Earrings, $55

3. Gucci Horse Bit Sandals, $612.61 (on sale!)

4. Diorshow Mascara, $25

5. Dior Liquid Eyeliner, $34

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Monroe could make anything look great, but it was her body-conscious dresses and white swimsuits that she'll always be remembered for.

1. Carolee Pearl Necklace, $75

2. Zac Posen Stretch Duchess Dress, $2,995

3. Chanel No. 5 Perfume, $120

4. Norma Kamali Ruched Front Swimsuit, $350

5. Coach Stripe Oversize Square Scarf, $178

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Elizabeth Taylor is the queen of diamonds. She's also the queen of husbands, cleavage-baring dresses and bold brows. (Watch your back, Delevingne.)

1. Dsquared Cowl Neck Dress, $414.99 (on sale!)

2. Swarovski Azore Pear Cut Earrings, $75 (on sale!)

3. Palm Beach Jewelers Crystal Ring, $66.42

4. Tom Ford Nikita Sunglasses, $360

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil, $23

Photo: Chris Walter/WireImage

Photo: Chris Walter/WireImage

She might not have considered herself a style icon, but Joplin's paisley pants, crochet sweaters and fur hats made her one to hippies everywhere.

1. Teysha Customizable Boots, $180

2. Vanessa Mooney Malachite Cuff, $90

3. Parkhurst Faux Fur Hat, $23.98

4. Kate Moss for Topshop Paisley Print Wide Leg Pants, $110

5. Calypso Saint Barth Crochet Cardigan, $79

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Baker was a famous entertainer in the '20s and '30s, performing in Paris and the U.S. in elaborately decorated costumes. Prada referenced her style in its spring 2011 show, but you can get her glitzy look today with the items below.

1. Kate Moss for Topshop Beaded Fringe Dress, $490

2. Tom Binns Crystal Earrings, $242 

3. Zac Zac Posen Leopard Clutch, $425

4. Oscar de la Renta Feather Tiara, $395

5. Elizabeth Arden Cream Eyeshadow in Anchors Away, $21

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America might have fallen in love with Jackie O's style when she was still Jackie Kennedy, but it's her late '60s, early '70s New York City style that we'll always love the most.

1. Polished Gold Ball Studs, $12.99

2. Tory Burch Oversized Square Glasses, $149

3. Saint Laurent Safari Jacket, $1,653.68

4. Hermes Square Scarf, $435

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No one does a white suit like Katharine Hepburn. The screen star broke the mold choosing wide-leg trousers and button down shirts in lieu of the slinky dresses of the '30s and '40s.

1. Toteme V-Neck Sweater, $430

2. Birdle Leather Belt, $56

3. Kerastase Gloss Appeal Shine Spray, $25.48

4. Dieppa Restrepo Loafers, $127 (on sale!)

5. Theory Trousers, $265

 

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Hutton was and is the poster child for casual chic dressing. We're also going to credit her with making bucket hats cool.

1. River Island Poplin Shirt, $50

2. Boden Wide Leg Jean, $78

3. Pistil Griffin Bucket Hat, $15.96

4. Hampton Sun Tanning Lotion, $36

5. Stone Cold Fox Morrison Belt, $130

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"Basic Instinct"-era Sharon Stone is the ultimate in '90s style. Her sleek outfits translated off-screen, too, although she tended to favor a wacky accessory…and still does.

 1. J.W. Anderson Moon Bag, $654 (on sale!)

2. Helmut Lang Jersey Turtleneck, $160

3. Reiss Black Trousers, $85

4. Saint Laurent Silver Ring, $177 (on sale!)

5. Topshop Nude Pumps, $95

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Coppola is the queen of highbrow basics. She always looks casual and put-together, while still keeping an air of that je ne sais quoi.

 1. APC Baseball Tee, $94.50 (on sale!)

2. Gucci Cropped Linen Pants, $285 (on sale!)

3. Gap Ballet Flats, $39.95

4. Serge Lutens A La Nuit Eau de Parfum, $130

5. Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton SC Bag, $4,550

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The Olsen twins may have made fashion headlines with their Boho looks of the early aughts, but the pared-back minimalism they've exhibited over the past few years is what's gotten them numerous CFDA Awards for their line, The Row.

 1. The Row Satin Jersey Dress, $590

2. Sole Society Tassel Necklace, $29.95

3. Prada Sunglasses, $325

4. Kurt Geiger Sandals, $107.85

5. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm SPF 30, $74