The 1st of June marks Marilyn Monroe’s 93rd birthday. She began her career as a pin-up model, before becoming a successful actress in films like Some Like It Hot, Seven Year Itch and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Marilyn Monroe had a signature style that the world fell in love with, with her peroxide blonde bob, red lipstick and feminine curves. She always looked the part, whether she was in a film or singing for the President, making her a style icon and symbol of 1950s glamour.
To celebrate her birthday, we’ll be looking at her dazzling and iconic style. Revered as a popular sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn was never afraid to show off her body, whether it was in high waisted shorts and a bikini top, or figure hugging strapless dresses. She has since become a symbol for body positivity in today’s age. From sparkly diamonds to understated pearls, channel 1950s elegance with Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Marilyn Monroe loved diamonds, but by far her most iconic diamond look is from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes where she played Lorelei Lee. Marilyn wowed the audience with her rendition of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ and her hot pink satin sleeveless dress and matching gloves. Along with this look, she was dripping in diamonds, with a collared diamond necklace round her neck and chunky diamond bracelets around her wrists and over her gloves. Apart from this iconic style moment, Marilyn regularly wore diamonds and was given the 24-carat Moon of Baroda diamond necklace by the President of the Meyer Jewelry Company, while she was promoting the film. The pear shaped diamond hung on a leather cord chain was later put on display. For Marilyn’s over the top diamond look, think more is more and adorn yourself with sparkly diamonds.
You can never have enough Pearls
Marilyn loved pearls and wore them regularly in her everyday life. She opted for jewellery that enhanced her natural beauty and kept her pearls the same colour as her skin tone. Her first pearl necklace was given to her by her second husband, Joe DiMaggio during their honeymoon. It was a string of Mikimoto pearls fastened with a gold clasp. Along with this necklace, she loved pearl necklaces in a variety of ways. She was seen wearing them as a simple one strand choker, a long chain, multiple strands and even wrapped a string of pearls around a silk scarf. She equally loved pearl earrings, whether they were minimalist studs or extravagant drop earrings. Mix up your style by experimenting with pearl necklaces, like Marilyn.
Be bold in gold
For a portrait session in 1953 for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn wore a gold metallic pleated lamé dress, designed by William Travilla, also known as ‘the man who dressed Marilyn’. The dress was cut low in a halter style and perfectly accentuated her blonde hair and red lip. She kept her accessories gold with a bold circular ring and large chandelier earrings. While no one could ever say Marilyn’s looks were simple, matching her jewellery to her outfit gave her look a toned back colourful vibe, that focused on her more than her clothing.
Hoops never go out of style
While Marilyn had an extensive jewellery collection, she loved a simple pair of gold hoop earrings. These earrings featured in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Niagara, but were also seen on Marilyn in her more casual day to day looks. The gold two tone earrings were simple but effective and Marilyn styled them on their own, without any other accessories, so the focus was on them. Her hair was the perfect length to emphasise the hoops. Marilyn proved that hoops never go out of style, no matter the era. Hoops are constantly on trend and now, there are more styles than ever before. Take a leaf out of Marilyn’s book and wear hoop earrings that are stylish and classic, that you can wear 20 years from now!