C.Z. Guest

5 Style tips inspired by C.Z. Guest

C.Z. Guest (February 19, 1920 - November 8, 2003) was Slim Aarons' muse, member of Truman Capote's glittery swan set, all-American fashion icon. The grand dame and epitome of WASP style, C.Z. Guest was a true tastemaker whose style transcended eras.  Guest's look and lifestyle defined the term "good taste".

Born Lucy Douglas Cochrane—her brother's nickname for her, Sissy, stuck and later became C.Z.—the Boston native (like fellow swan, Babe Paley), was a woman of many trades. She was a stage actress, appearing in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1944, author, columnist, fashion designer, socialite and avid horsewoman. At 27, she wed Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and member of the Guest industrial dynasty, with Ernest Hemingway as their best man. It was perhaps through her husband, a champion polo player, that Guest developed an affinity for horses. But following an accident in 1976, she turned her attention to gardening, contributing a column on it for the New York Post.

Guest was most celebrated for her status as an American fashion icon, who, along with Paley, Gloria Guinness, Barbara Hutton, Slim Keith, and Marella Agnelli, represented the pinnacle of New York society in the '50s and 60s, with their impeccable style, immense wealth, solid pedigrees, and fancy husbands. In 1959 Guest was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

1. Dress up a white tee shirt with a red lip and a Palm Beach tan. 

A Grecian temple-like pool (and a Florida estate, C.Z.'s was called Villa Artemis) will only enhance your elegance.


2. Glam it up in Winter months

With a gorgeous fur (C.Z.'s was by Revillon Frères) and a stunning ruby lip.


3. Keep your hair neat and well-coiffed

C.Z,'s champagne-colored locks looked effortlessly perfect at all times.

No messy buns here.


4. The perfect posh outfit accessory is your pet poodle.

C.Z. loved all animals, especially dogs.


5. Pastels look magical poolside.

They just do.

Dress up in mint green and pale pink for lunch by the water.