ICON | Patricia Kennedy Lawford

Photos by John Loengard for LIFE, 1962.

When considering Kennedy women and their place among fashion's notables, seldom is Patricia Lawford mentioned in the mix. Jackie of course is the standard bearer. Eunice and Ethel were the tomboys. Carolyn Bessette, the minimalist sophisticate. Even Matriarch Rose has been on this blog. Ignored (at least by me) until now, I'd argue that Pat may be the unsung Kennedy style hero—tomboyish but glamorous, well-traveled with a Hollywood edge. She contrasted her East Coast lineage after she settled in Santa Monica with Peter Lawford, but being a Kennedy, she still knew her way around the laces of a football.