Cinema Style: How to Marry a Millionaire

Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Marry a Millionaire (See full review here) is a light, dessert-y affair without much meat to the plot. But it is a feast for the eyes as not one, not two, but three of Hollywood's biggest names grace the silver screen for Hollywood's first Cinescope movie. Lauren Becall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable parade about in a whole host of delightful costumes epitomizing early 1950s styles.
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Dress, Petticoat (Similar Here), Broach (Similar Here), Earrings, Gloves, Clutch, Heels

Despite being the oldest o the trio of actresses, Betty Grable still wowed in stunning New Look ensembles as model Loco. Perhaps my favorite from Loco's scrumptious closet is this first outfit of imperial blue- and a touch of bright pink peeking out every now and then! The glamour is really in the details- the colors but also the accessories. Worn with some sass and you'll be reeling in the millionaires too.
How to Marry a Millionaire - 1953 - three models
Some might mistake Marilyn Monroe for a ditzy blonde, but she wasn't, and she didn't play one in this film either. Her character Pola is a model, but she's also a bookworm. Monroe always sports the more close fitting wiggle dress in this film, and makes the look sexy but classy at the same time by opting for sophisticated colors and coverage on top. Because of this, her style in Millionaires is easy to put a modern spin on, by simply changing the shoes to something hard and edgy like the pair of boots shown below.
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Dress, Scarf, Hat, Glasses, Boots (Similar Here)


  1. You recreated those two looks so perfectly! My favorite one is Marilyn's, I can't get enough of fur snoods this season. And how cute was she in this movie? I loved how she'd sneakily slip her glasses on every now and then. I love these posts :)

    xo marlen
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    1. Marilyn is such a fun comedienne!

      So, I've been trying to remember- is fur/faux fur always a big thing in winter or has it been a trend specific to this year? Do you know?

  2. I love these looks! Pinning : ) Now I might need to watch this.


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    1. Oh Suzanne, thanks for pinning them! Glad you like them.

  3. I LOVE this movie and these two collages are PERFECT for it!! Ugh! Now I wanna watch this.

    xox Sammi

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  4. I love Marilyn's glasses in this movie!

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  5. love these gorgeous looks you pieced together! women back then had such glamorous, effortless style!

    ♥ perfectly PRIYA

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