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.

style lessons from marilyn monroe
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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June 12, 2015

Many consider heels to be wearable works of art – including the Brooklyn Museum. On September 10, the New York institution will launch a 160-piece exhibit, Killer Heels, that explores the high heel’s long history and its enduring place in fashion.

Killer Heels

Image via hintmag.com

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August 26, 2014

From Andy Warhol’s famous “Marilyn Diptych” to Elton John’s ballad and Seward Johnson’s larger-than-life sculpture, Marilyn Monroe has continued to inspire pop culture even decades after her 1962 death. And news today that Carine Roitfeld will base her third amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Cannes runway show on the iconic starlet’s style is affirmation that not even fashion’s uber-elite are immune to its allure.

"Mademoiselle C" New York Premiere
                                                                                                          Image via the New York Post

In case your invitation hasn’t arrived yet, the amfAR benefit, considered by many to be the social highlight of the annual Cannes Film Festival, will take place on May 22. This year’s gala will include a fashion show featuring red gowns (the color is symbolic of love and the fight against AIDS) designed by some of the biggest names in the industry. Legendary French fashion editor Roitfeld, who is overseeing the runway show for the third time, has decided to dedicate the show to Monroe, who, she told WWD, “searched for love all her life.” Roitfeld speculated that Monroe would have been a big supporter of the foundation. We agree that this is one event with which she would have been proud to share the spotlight.

Read more about the show on WWD.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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May 14, 2014

Bold lipstick is a Spring/Summer 2014 beauty must. But while orange lips are in this season, that certainly wasn’t always the case. Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest lipstick trends we’ve seen over the years.

The Colorful History of Lipstick
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May 1, 2014

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how absolutely fabulous these Hollywood starlets were? Talk about knockout closets.

1. Audrey Hepburn knew how to rock a bang and cigarette pants better than anyone.

2. Did glamour exist before Marilyn Monroe? Debatable.

3. Elizabeth Taylor’s best accessory? Her brows.

4. Grace Kelly. Now that was a lady.

5. Luckily, Brigette Bardot is still with us. We wouldn’t mind a hair tutorial or two. Just sayin’.

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July 16, 2013

 

Watch: Chanel’s Marilyn and No. 5 and hear Marilyn Monroe declare her love for the legendary perfume. We have to say, her ads were a lot better than Brad Pitt’s (not that we don’t still love him).

Check Out: The trailer for City of Bones. With Twilight coming to a close (tear), this might just be our new guilty pleasure.

Say: Good-bye to Kate Lanphear at ELLELanphear leaves after six years as the style director. As for where she’s going… let the guessing games begin!

Rent: Your nail polish. Yes, we’re serious.

Tell us what you’re buzzing about this week or tweet us at @ruelala

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