Marilyn Monroe was a beautiful, free-spirited woman who seemed sure of who she was and what she wanted. A style icon and role model to many, she made sure her legacy would live on and remained an influential fashion idol to many (including me). Old Hollywood glamour is one of my favorite looks, especially for special events, and Marilyn did it best.
The women of that era knew how to look like put-together ladies and looking sloppy was never an option. Whether you were primmed and proper for a ball, or you were simply going out for supper, choosing the right and most flattering outfit was always a must. And most important, feeling good in your skin is what brought your outfit from nice to remarkable. Let’s take a look at the continuation of how Marilyn made her looks as memorable as they were.
For those who say you can’t do orange for a fancy event, they clearly have’t seen Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where Marilyn is wearing this stunning vibrant orange gown with diamond detailing.
One of my favorite Marilyn looks and a common outfit from that era is a matching shirt and pant combo with a belt sinched at the waist. It is professional, yet feminine all at once.
This stunning burgundy gown can be easily seen on the red carpet today. It’s strap detailing is something we don’t see often enough and I love the matching belt. This color is extremely flattering on blondes as well as brunettes.
A couple of weeks ago I discussed my love for polka dots, so it is no surprise to me that a style icon of mine would be spotted wearing this pattern! This dresses oozes of classic Hollywood glam where it ends at the knees and was fitted all the way through.
If someone doesn’t recognize this scene it is because they grew up in a cave. This is, hands down, the scene Marilyn Monroe is known best for. In The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn’s famous halter white dress blows up as she walks on top of an air vent. I don’t know how many times I’ve used the expression “I was walking down the street and almost pulled a Marilyn Monroe”, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This look has been mimicked for Halloween a thousand times over, but what stands out most is that Marilyn shows that a white dress and shoes is a look that stands out and is sophisticated in so many ways (minus the skirt blowing up in the air).
If old Hollywood glamour is a look you would like to mimic, I discovered a brand that oozes of this era. It is called: Stop Staring ttp://www.stopstaringclothing.com/sunshop/. The dresses are beautiful and affordable. I bought a Stop Staring dress from the boutique 1861 http://1861.ca/ (one of my favorite Montreal boutiques) that holds many different brand names. I found this blush dress which I immediately fell in love with. It had the option of a halter strap but I kept it as a strapless, and I added the belt to give a little bling to it. I channelled my inner Monroe that evening. Will you do the same at your next event?