Ready Made Outfit: Modern Marilyn Monroe

October 31st, 2008

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In honor of Halloween, we’re recreating the look of one of America’s most revered style icons: Marilyn Monroe.  But instead of literally copying her look, we’re translating it to work in the present day.  Here’s how to get a modern version of Marilyn’s iconic look:

1.  Start with a dress worthy of Marilyn herself: a bustier top with a flowing skirt.  Instead of going with Marilyn’s signature white, mix it up with your signature color.
2.  Add a pair of strappy high heels to complement the dress.  Here, the gold in the shoes works well with the warm shade of purple.
3.  Pick up a feminine clutch.  Bonus points for special detailing.
4. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?  Add a pair of diamond earrings for a bit of extra sparkle.  A diamond encrusted choker or a pearl necklace would also evoke Marilyn’s glamourous spirit.

Who’s your favorite style icon?  Share your style with us in the comments!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nuria  |  October 31st, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I don´t prefer black over the rest of the colours, quite the contrary, or specially love the style of the sixties…but I love Audrey Hepburn´s style. She was wonderful, even wearing a simple pullover in “Always”.

  • 2. Trisha  |  October 31st, 2008 at 1:54 am

    I love Audrey Hepburn’s style too - so timeless and chic. Everyone remembers her little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I look fondly upon her Givenchy gowns from Sabrina :)

  • 3. Mimi  |  October 31st, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Grace Kelly… What a lovely woman– and a princess.
    Also Jackie Kennedy Onassis - I loved how she always looked “classic” in each decade, on-trend yet timeless.

  • 4. Trisha  |  November 2nd, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Great choices, Mimi! Grace Kelly and Jackie O. are certainly inspiring, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

  • 5. L  |  November 9th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I really like Audrey Hepburn as well as Mia Farrow. I love the dress you chose. I am hesistant with bold colors but now I see that they can work with the right accessories.

  • 6. Trisha  |  November 10th, 2008 at 12:50 am

    L - thanks! And I encourage you to try bold colors…even if it’s just in the dressing room at first :)

  • 7. GeorgieNYC  |  October 16th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Trisha - here’s a take on Audrey Hepburn. Plus twilight, madonna and moooore.

    http://www.what2wearwhere.com/blog/post/2009/10/02/Halloween-Pearl-Ladies.aspx

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