Style Barbara Bush Famously Wore Fake Pearls And a $29 Pair of Shoes to Her Husband's Presidential Inauguration

16:06  18 april  2018
16:06  18 april  2018 Source:   time.com

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The former First Lady was also known for bringing an understated and frugal flair to the often glamorized role of First Lady — most famously wearing her faux pearls and a $ 29 pair of shoes to George H.W. Bush ’ s inaugural ball in 1989 (though she did opt to wear a designer dress

The former First Lady was also known for bringing an understated and frugal flair to the often glamorized role of First Lady — most famously wearing her faux pearls and a $ 29 pair of shoes to George H.W. Bush ’ s inaugural ball in 1989 (though she did opt to wear a designer dress

Barbara Bush smiling for the camera© Cynthia Johnson - The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at 92, will be remembered for many things including her literacy legacy, her commitment to her family and her quick wit.

The former First Lady was also known for bringing an understated and frugal flair to the often glamorized role of First Lady — most famously wearing her faux pearls and a $29 pair of shoes to George H.W. Bush’s inaugural ball in 1989 (though she did opt to wear a designer dress, donning a royal blue Arnold Scaasi gown).

While she was often compared to her predecessor, Bush was always believed to have put less importance on fashion than former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who opted for high-end designers like Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. During the week of George H.W. Bush’s inauguration in 1989, Bush reportedly used her signature humor to make a sly reference to being more practical than Nancy Reagan, saying: “Please notice — hairdo, makeup, designer dress. Look at me good this week, because it’s the only week,” according to Vanity Fair.

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The former First Lady was also known for bringing an understated and frugal flair to the often glamorized role of First Lady — most famously wearing her faux pearls and a $ 29 pair of shoes to George H.W. Bush ’ s inaugural ball in 1989 (though she did opt to wear a designer dress

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Barbara Bush, George H. W. Bush posing for a picture: Pres. George and Barbara Bush onstage at inaugural ball greeting wellwishers.© Diana Walker - Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Pres. George and Barbara Bush onstage at inaugural ball greeting wellwishers.

And Bush practiced what she preached. She kept her style down to earth, in what many women of her decade saw as relatable, despite her affluent upbringing. Bush was born and raised in Manhattan, attending prestigious schools throughout her childhood including the selective Rye Country Day School in Westchester County and South Carolina’s Ashley Hall boarding school. She also went to Smith College, but dropped out when she married George H.W. Bush.

When they got hitched in 1945, George H.W. only had a small inheritance from his father, a Wall Street investment banker. But the couple soon multiplied their wealth by selling a stake in an oil-drilling business for $1 million and buying and selling houses as they moved around the country for George’s political career. In the mid-80s, the Bushes also expanded their real estate portfolio to include their sprawling family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, which features multiple houses on 6.4 acres of property and was valued at $8.4 million in 2010.

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Barbara Bush Famously Wore Fake Pearls And a $ 29 Pair of Shoes to Her Husband ' s Presidential Inauguration . Time.

Barbara Bush Famously Wore Fake Pearls And a $ 29 Pair of Shoes to Her Husband ' s Presidential Inauguration .

The Bush’s fortune really ballooned once they were inside the White House — quadrupling their net worth to around $23 million, Town & Country reported.

George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Marilyn Quayle posing for a photo: US President-Elect George HW Bush, Barbara Bush, Marilyn Quayle, and Vice President-Elect Dan Quayle attend the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, January 18, 1989.© David Burnett - Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images US President-Elect George HW Bush, Barbara Bush, Marilyn Quayle, and Vice President-Elect Dan Quayle attend the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, January 18, 1989.

And despite her preference for a practical lifestyle, being the First Lady also meant brushing shoulders with foreign leaders and sometimes having to refuse opulent gifts — even if she didn’t necessarily want to. In fact, one time, she recalled feeling upset she had to give up thousands of dollars worth of jewelry that were given to her as a gift from a leader of Bahrain.

“The agonized look on my face is because he had just given me approximately $85,000 worth of jewelry, which I immediately gave to the State Department,” the Washington Post reported Bush said in 1988, a reference to honoring the $180 value limit for gifts to U.S. public officials from foreign governments.

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Barbara Bush Famously Wore Fake Pearls And a $ 29 Pair of Shoes to Her Husband ' s Presidential Inauguration . Time.

Barbara Bush Famously Wore Fake Pearls And a $ 29 Pair of Shoes to Her Husband ' s Presidential Inauguration . Time.

Related: Barbara Bush: See the Former First Lady and Family Matriarch's Extraordinary Life in Pictures [Provided by People]1925: Bush was born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925, in New York City. She was raised just outside the city in Rye, N.Y., by her parents, Pauline and Marvin Pierce, and her father was the president of the magazine publisher McCall Corporation. As such, Barbara and her siblings — two brothers and one sister — grew up very comfortably, attending private and boarding schools throughout their childhood. Barbara Bush: See the Former First Lady and Family Matriarch's Extraordinary Life in Pictures

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