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The Biggest Style Icons Through the Decades

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For many women, deciding what to wear is a difficult decision. Nothing in your closet seems to bring you joy, but the idea of trekking to the mall and finding something there instantly ruins your mood. Don’t you just wish you could go back to a time when fashion seemed easy, and all the women we saw on TV and in the news were so effortlessly elegant and glamorous?

From Elizabeth Taylor to Princess Diana, our favorite fashion icons continue to inspire us with their impeccable taste. And style aside, let’s not forget that many of these ladies weren’t afraid to break with tradition. Though their outfits are what we remember most, these women were able to accomplish a great many things — like working tirelessly as humanitarians — all while looking fabulous.

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who’s wearing it,” fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once said — and these next eight women prove his point. Let’s take a look back at the women who wowed us with their grace, elegance, and confidence over the last 80 years — and the gorgeous outfits they wore while doing it.

Keep scrolling to see our favorite fashion icons of all time.

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