I am really feeling this vintage, old Hollywood esque style revived recently after the release of the Great Gatsby. Women during the 1920’s to 50’s dressed in a sexy, sophisticated style that was pure glam. Here is my modern take on old Hollywood glamour and tips on how you can achieve this sultry, understated sexy, and ultra glam look.
1. Look to old Hollywood for Inspiration
When I think of vintage fashion, two Hollywood icons come to mind: Lucille Ball (wife of Rick Ricardo’s (Desi Arnaz) and star of “I Love Lucy”) and Audrey Hepburn (Connecticut native, actress and humanitarian) . My inspiration for this look came from Holly Golightly, played by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
2. Pick a modest and sophisticated dress and heels
You should be able to find vintage, usually one-of-a-kind dress at a vintage shop. If you can’t find a vintage, usually one-of-a-kind dress at a vintage shop, you can probably find one online. Or look for a vintage inspired dress like the one I am wearing which reminded me of the one that was worn by Holly Golightly. I chose this red peep toe, platform shoe because they looked a little more closer to the shoes that were worn during that era.
3. Add diamonds, lots of diamonds
As far as accessories are concerned, the more bling, the better. You can find accessories that will complement your look at online jewelry shops such as 77 Diamonds and the like. You might even score pieces that are similar to those of Holly Golightly’s.
4. Wavy hair or updo
In addition to looking at old movies, I also looked for inspiration for hair and makeup on sites like Lookbook.nu and youtube. Wavy long hair and updo’s are popular old Hollywood style features. I went for this super easy to do at home updo (about 6 hairpins, hair piece in the back and lots of holding spray) that was similar to Holly Golightly’s.
5. Red Lipstick
Shaped eyebrows, dramatic eyelashes and red lipstick define old Hollywood makeup. I used a matte primer under Smashbox’s camera ready matte BB cream, maybelline’s great lash mascara (I couldn’t get the faux ones on) and red lipstick from Hour glass. If you skip the eyebrows and eyelashes, the red lipstick is a must.
Dress: Black dress with leather look trimming (Dorothy Perkins) | Shoes: Red suede heels from Nine West (old) | Accessories: All from my personal collection.
Ossie took these photos!