A few nights ago at the Academy Awards, we were again reminded of the excellent film My Week With Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges and Colin Clark. In this commentary about the beautiful yet internally vexed Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams perfectly captured her iconic beauty and style. The Intellectual has more to say about the real Marilyn’s life story here, but for now, let’s focus on our Darling mission of looking for classic style inspirations from the past to inform the present.
We want to especially focus in on the timeless look seen on Ms. Williams in the scene where she visits Windsor Castle, (see left) and then learn how to update it with pieces that are on point for now–ones that can make a lasting addition to your wardrobe for years to come. The most important aspect is to learn how to update a vintage look in a few simple steps:
Play with hem lengths: look to either lengthen or shorten the lengths based on what looks best on your figure.
Look into switching up the fabric: instead of silk or taffeta, try cotton. Look to add lace or choose a solid over a print, or visa versa.
Change the color: keep the same silhouette and add a new hue to create a unique look.
Add modern accessories: choose shoes and purses that are made from nice materials such as leather and canvas in unusual combinations. Try a pair of flat boots with a full fifties skirt, or heels with 1930’s looking trousers. However, remember to choose what flatters your figure most.
In this Darling photo shoot below, we chose to use a full skirt silhouette to better compliment the model’s natural curvy figure, while still keeping with a 1950’s feel. An aqua sweater was added to bring life to the color palette, while keeping the classic white and tan foundation inspiration. Finally, the leather accessories round the outfit out to add a modern yet classic feel.