I don’t know why this was my first time watching Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but, boy, it’s better than the Madonna music video based on it. Every single outfit took my breath away, and that’s not just because I’m sick right now. It was art, but also just so, so opulent in an old Hollywood way that isn’t done anymore. And while dressing like Dita Von Teese isn’t really practical for everyday, you can still take away styling tricks from Marilyn Monroe’s character, even just for a rainy day.
#1- Stack your bracelets over your sleeves, and just keep stacking further up the arm until they run out. In the picture above, Marilyn and Jane show how to do this with evening wear.
In this picture, the bracelet is singular, not covered in diamonds, and paired with day wear. But it still feels like such a fresh way to show your bling. Personally, the more-is-more route looks cooler, but you can work your way up to there from this.
#2- Monochromatic dressing, done in more scenes than I could count, is classic, fool-proof, and can be any shade of the rainbow, but make sure to accessorize (with, yes, diamonds, but also anything else!)
Rihanna can wear head to toe pink because her tattoos peeking through at her ankles, the jodhpur details of the pants, her fur, and her knuckle rings toughen it up. So, as a rule, when going with monochrome outfits of lighter colors, more masculine fits and styling are more unusual and cooler, while with darker colors, more feminine fits and styling are more unusual, and, therefore, better.
#3- When you travel, use it as an opportunity to try out new looks, not to just wear a hoodie and sneakers all the time. Monroe’s character, Lorelei, used her trip to France as a chance to wear a beret. Now, you may get smirks, but if it looks good, who cares!
While the jeans and teddy bear coat here are very different from the skirt suiting, they are more realistic for traveling and comfort. Also, peep the Gucci shoes! And, I gotta say, I really like that beret. Can there be a movement to make berets less clichè French and more just- a hat? I’d really like that.