Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style (both on and off screen) is just as relevant now as it was when we were first introduced to that famous white dress 60 years ago. So take it from the queen of Hollywood and add these four tips to your daily dressing regimen for a classic look that never gets old.
1. Keep It Simple
She’s known for being the quintessential “glamour girl,” but in everyday off-screen life, Marilyn dressed much more casually. Easygoing ensembles like cropped pants paired with a fitted boat neck sweater were mainstays in her wardrobe.
2. Dress for Your Body
The icon was best known for her perfect hourglass shape (35″, 22″, 35″) , and she knew how to dress for it. Marilyn was drawn to neutral-hued, figure-flattering silhouettes – think below-the-knee pencil skirts and halter, sweetheart, and plunging necklines.
3. Wear Heels
Marilyn’s pumps of choice? Salvatore Ferragamo. It was actually thought that she kept one heel a bit shorter than the other to create her famous side-to-side sway as she walked. However, a Salvatore Ferragamo exhibit of her shoes proved otherwise, as every heel on display was the exact same height.
4. Try Red Lips
To make her lips appear fuller, Marilyn’s makeup artist would apply up to five different lipsticks and glosses to create dimension.
Now it’s time to get your Marilyn on. Our Style Icon: Classic Looks Inspired by Marilyn Monroe Boutique opens Friday, June 12, at 3PM ET.
By Elizabeth Burns, Fashion Editor, and Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer
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