Marilyn Monroe transcended her ‘dumb blonde’ image to join the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lauren Bacall as an iconic fashion figure of Hollywood’s Golden Years. …
Marilyn Monroe transcended her ‘dumb blonde’ image to join the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lauren Bacall as an iconic fashion figure of Hollywood’s Golden Years. Her style is as legendary as herself.
But what makes the woman originally known as Norma Jeane Mortenson’s style so special? Why was her look copied by stars like Geri Halliwell and Lindsay Lohan, and used as inspiration for the animated characters, Tinkerbell and Jessica Rabbit? Perhaps it’s the bombshell, sexpot persona, or the natural flair that she carried herself with. Or maybe it’s her perfect hour-glass figure and penchant for stylish, designer pieces that border on the subtle to the downright scandalous.
The good news is you can emulate her alluring style easily in so many subtle ways, whether it’s for a glamorous evening soirée, or just to go through the daily grind. Here’s how:
1. The basics are classics.
Contrary to popular assumption, Marilyn Monroe didn’t go for frivolous pieces in order to be stylish. Rather, she kept a fairly simple and beautiful wardrobe throughout her brief lifetime – a rarity in an era where flashy crazes and over-the-top overstatements were the norm.
To capture Marilyn’s style, stick to basic pieces that can be dressed up – or down – at a whim. Marilyn’s style was heavily reliant on her natural glamor and charisma. Build up that aura of self-confidence, and you’ll be able to pull off the Marilyn Monroe look effortlessly.
2. Dresses for a look that impresses.
Marilyn lived an era where jeans and trousers were becoming mainstream garments of women’s self-expression (a Katherine Hepburn influence). Even if she kept up with the trends, Marilyn still chose dresses for her public appearances. As a result, she never failed to look feminine and delicate, while still being lively self-assured.
Make dresses your wardrobe’s staples. Better yet, make beautiful frocks your personal fashion expression. Go for knee-length pieces that hug the figure, as well as full skirts and floor-length frocks. Don’t hesitate to show skin, but do remember not to overdo it.
3. Hues make a better ‘you’.
Marilyn Monroe loved white. Although she wore a lot of pastels and a few darker shades, she has, more often than not, shown a partiality to white. This doesn’t mean that you should start bleaching your clothes – that would be all wrong. Instead, find out what color flatters your best. In order to appear in your best light, you need the hues to back you up. Take the time to try on different colors and combinations. Whatever makes you look prettiest wins!
4. For that maximum appeal, wear heels.
If you look through her old photographs, Marilyn Monroe always wore heels. From mules to wedges to stilettos – you name it, she wore it. That’s because she knew that nothing is sexier than high-heeled shoes.
For the ultimate Marilyn Monroe look, wear heels wherever possible. Wear it casual with jeans and shorts, or formal with grand ball gowns. Remember that no pair of heels is too whimsical or outrageous when worn with panache.
Even at the height of her fame, Marilyn Monroe was still Norma Jeane. Looks reminiscent of the small town girl were still very much apparent on the sex icon’s overall style. So for a last piece of advice, don’t forget your roots. Remember where you came from to find the style that becomes you.