From Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn, the 1950s was an era of celebrity fashion icons. Marilyn conjures up images of a free-spirited bombshell, while Audrey was the epitome of grace and elegance. However, both women dressed with a charm and femininity that was characteristic of the fabulous fifties.
With the upcoming release of "My Week With Marilyn" (starring the plenty fashionable Michelle Williams) we thought we'd share some suggestions to help you create your own vintage
This day dress reflects Christian Dior's "New Look" of the era with its wide neckline, fitted waist, soft shoulders and full skirt. We're not sure if donning this dress today would be considered a new or old look, but it's definitely a good look!
The shirtwaist dress is designed off of a men's button-down. Try pairing this everyday dress with a pair of combat boots for a vintage meets modern/edgy housewife style.
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Wiggle dresses — often worn by Marilyn Monroe — are hugely in vogue right now. The slim fitting dress features narrow waists and even narrower hemlines, causing you to wiggle a bit when you walk. A little more glamorous than the actual Wiggles? We'd say so.
Little Black Dress
Hepburn popularized the little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." This simple and streamlined look is a must have for every closet.
Women often wore simple, fitted blouses and dress shirts. Rhinestones, lace and a cutout neckline make this blouse a standout. Matched with a bold red lip this look can make quite a statement.
White gloves, furs stoles and cat-eye glasses were worn to complete a look. Four eyes never looked so chic!
Keep an eye out for delicate headpieces such as pillbox hats and berets. A velvet headband can add a splash of color to your 50s outfit.
Cover up with an elegant faux fur bolero to stay both warm and chic.Check out Avalon Exchange for this bolero.
A notable bag from the 1950s was Grace Kelly's Hermes bag. For a more affordable option, you can find similar box shapes or make your own decorative paper Kelly bags with this Patricia Gray tutorial
The late fifties saw the rise of slender heels, from peep-toe stilettos to kitten heels. If you can rock stilettos without looking like a wobbly flamingo, we say go for it!
If you're already towering over the public, you can take a cue from Audrey Hepburn and wear simple flats instead.
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