Fabulous, Darling: The Chic, Old Hollywood Look is Back


By Rachel Moran

Even decades after her passing, Marilyn Monroe’s style lives on. Today, you can rock her classic, Old Hollywood look with glamorous pieces that work with your everyday wardrobe.

This May marks the anniversary of the show biz darling’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” performance in 1962, so doll yourself up like a movie star and have some fun turning heads.

Red Lips

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color from Neiman MarcusThe quickest way to get into character as Marilyn is with a deep, true red lipstick. The selection of Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colors is sure to have a sexy shade that works well with your skin tone.

The right red can give you that Old Hollywood look all day and night. Wear it with an otherwise bare face at work to stay professional, or add dramatic brows and a row of false lashes at night for major va-va-voom.

The Classic White Dress

Everyone knows the classic white halter dress, but today, your lifestyle calls for something a little more sporty. Pay homage to the classic Monroe film The Seven Year Itch with Angie Ann’s White Pleated Overlap Dress, an updated version of one of the 20th century’s most famous garments. Pair it with sneakers, heels, or sandals for on-the-go glamour.


Get the quintessential Old Hollywood vibe exactly right with a pair of perfect slingback pumps. These airy, sexy high heels are dainty enough for dates but go the distance in the office, too. Ms. Monroe was a fan of monochromatic neutrals, so an ivory or beige is on point, but you can play with the silhouette in colors that fit your style. Pair them with your white dress or a pencil skirt and expect comparisons to the famed blond bombshell.

kate spade new york nahant shore striped high-waist swim bottom from Neiman MarcusHigh-Waisted Bikinis

As voluptuous as Marilyn was, she frequently went full-coverage even when she donned swimwear. Pictures of the youthful star show off her curves in high-waisted bikinis that were still totally feminine.

Try a throwback look with contemporary styling like the New York Nahant Shore Striped High-Waist Swim Bottom by Kate Spade.


What movie star heads out of the house without a pair of giant sunglasses? Captivate fans with a pair of Linda Farrow Matte Black x Grey Lens Sunglasses. The subtle cat eye style is Old Hollywood to a T, but the wider frames are hip and let you wear them with anything. Don’t forget to lower them seductively to toss out a saucy wink every now and then. It’s what Marilyn would do.

Slip into this amazing, sporty version of Marilyn Monroe's classic white dress: Angie Ann's White Pleated Overlap Dress is available through HBX.com


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