Like most women, I have many favorite style icons, most of them from the entertainment industry, as opposed to personalities from the fashion industry. Most of the women whose style I admire are dead now (I always have had the feeling that I belong in another time period). I also realize that I’m not built like any of them! Since I am an hourglass, the closest would be Marilyn Monroe without her beautiful (natural!) bust line! I tend to admire the ballerina, straight up and down, flat-chested physique. Here are some of my favorites:
Audrey Hepburn: What I take from her is simplicity and minimalism. Oh, and a strong brow can make you look younger! I pay attention to my brows more now as I get older!
Grace Kelley and Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Again, I’m not built like either one, but what I can take from them is their lady-like elegance and grace under pressure.
Liza Minnelli: Ms. Liza with a “Z”! Though not considered conventionally beautiful, it doesn’t matter! This woman has sass and talent to spare. What I take from her is…be original! What might be considered beauty flaws or weaknesses are actually strengths that make You unique and stand out!
Umm…I have to put Debbie Harry in here because she is so badass and she completely blew my middle-school brain when she hit the music scene!
Now…At The Movies:
This is probably the most famous “movie” dress there is! I’ve actually seen it in person at the “Oscar Winner’s Costume Exhibit” in L.A. this past January and I have to tell you I got somewhat emotional seeing it in person. The dress had some slight yellowing in the underarm area, but it was fascinating to see the dress that “put the nail in the coffin” of Marilyn’s marriage to Joe DiMaggio. I would say that the dress was either a size 2 or 4 by today’s standards. I could fit the dress, but again, I wouldn’t fill in the bust as beautifully as she did! At the same exhibit, I saw one of her costumes from “Some Like It Hot”, which she filmed a few years after “The 7-Year Itch”. It was slightly larger, I would say an 8 or 10 by today’s sizing. At this time she was pregnant and had a miscarraige during the filming of this movie.
O.K….Now on to my favorite movie dress of all time!!!!!
This little green number worn by Keira Knightley in “Atonement”. Keira Knightly is not “stacked” by any means. She is built more like Audrey Hepburn, but this dress fit her like a dream!!! And, it just so happens that this movie has one of my favorite love scenes of all time:
You don’t see a lot, but man is it powerful! I loved the book and the movie!
Now, here are some workday looks. What do you think? Have I learned from my style icons? With a little bit of this and a pinch of that, I’ve created a style that I’m comfortable with at this time in my life. One thing I’ve learned, though…that style doesn’t mean a thing if there is no substance to the person wearing the clothes.
Dress Lou and Grey purchased at Loft; Necklace, Blowfish sandals, and Michael Kors bag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.
Dress and necklaces Loft; shoes Clarks; Kate Spade handbag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park; rings from Madewell.