In classical noir movie Too Late For Tears (1949) costume designer Adele Palmer draws attention to the actresses’ small waists using belts with charms.
Bad girl Lizabeth Scott (left) and good girl Kristine Miller (right)
If you like Hollywood girls’ look and got hour-glass body shape, check TFJstore on etsy.com: there is a good selection of hand made belts with charms.
My favourites are silver with coins and golden with sun pendant. By the way, these accessories will be perfect partners for monochrome clothes.
Pretty Little Things‘ Black Ring Detail Waist Belt will be good addition to a small white dress. You can detach the hoop and replace it with Brass Floral Dragonfly Pendant with Patina or Gardanne Beads Golden Autumn Small Oak Leaf Pendant from artbeads.com for more sophisticated look.
Leather cap is an attribute of bikers and BDSM-lovers but it definitely can add some hot seduction to girly clothing.
Brigitte Bardot teamed leather cap with simple jumper and checked mini-skirt in old French movie L’ours et la poupee (1969).
The result is very sexy and stylish, isn’t it?
By the way, Brigitte Bardot’s partner is Jean-Pierre Cassel, father of Vincent Cassel.
If you want to try Brigitte’s look, check Doria 1905‘ Ziggy-Leather cap, Eric Bompard‘ Contemporary Short-Sleeved Maxi Crew Neck Pullover, Marks & Spencer‘ blue&black Checked A-Line Mini Skirt, New Look‘ Black and Neon Yellow Check Tube Skirt and Grenson‘ Martha brogue.
In The Big Clock (1948) legendary costume designer Edith Head dressed actress Maureen O’Sallivan (miss O’Sallivan is the mother of Mia Farrow, by the way) in jacket decorated with ends of a bow and striped top.
Together these 2 pieces make a bow complete.
Definitely modern designers can use this trick (not only with bow but with pin, for example) to increase the sales of their brands, but they don’t watch old good movies.
Modern fashionistas almost forgot about pearls and that’s their big mistake – these gems (real and imitation) reflect the light and bring luminous glow to your skin.
That’s why genius artist Jan Vermeer decorated his most famous model with a pearl earring.
True diva Audrey Hepburn shines in Bvlguri’s necklaces in Bloodline (to be honest, this movie movie is awful and even miss Hepburn’s charm and her stylish wardrobe and posh jewellery can’t save it).
Pearls on Debora Kerr’s draw attention to her beautiful shoulders and dress in Bonjour tristesse (1958) and heroine of Janet Leigh uses them to make her simple sweater more elegant in Touch of Evil (1958).
So as you can see pearl necklces have a wonderful quality – you can wear them with all kinds of clothing – black-tie, office and casual.
Any of these 4 pretty pieces can add a hint of feminine chic to your look (clockwise): Ben-Amun‘s Long Pearl Strand Neclace Chezh Glass Pearls and Swarowsky crystals, Crystal Leaf Marquise Cut Station Pearl Necklace, Mastoloni‘s Multicolor Keshi Freshwater Pearl Necklace and Tasaki‘s Sliced Necklace.
Not sure that pearls and jeans suit each other?
Here are Nectar De Stagni’s Shark Teeth & Cultured Fresh Water Pearl Necklace, Cheap Monday‘s Tight Pure Blue Jeans, Fonnesbech‘s Ella Shirt White and Tieks‘ Biscotti Patent ballerinas for an inspiration.
And without any doubt pearls necklace is a perfect partner for a coctail or evening dress.
If you want to look sexy and classy at the same time decorate Ali & Jay‘s grey Wan’t Be Silensed Sheath or Phase Eight‘s red Astrid Maxi Dress with necklaces from Tasaki‘s Sliced collection.
For a long time Jayne Mansfield was for me an epitome of vulgarity but then Kardashian family came in the limelight I saw The Girl Can’t Help It. First I liked her beautiful cosumes created by Charles Le Maire and after I read more about Jayne and change my opinion of her. Miss Mansfield was very intelegent and talented: she spoke Spanish and German, played violin and piano.
I think one of the main reasons Jayne didn’t get recognition she deserves is that she didn’t meet her Pygmalion director or producer who would take a proper care of her career, like Carlo Ponti did for Sophia Loren. That’s why in her filmogrphy very few high-profile movies and The Girl Can’t Help It is definitely on top of this short list.
Jayne Mansfield wardrobe in this movie is an excellent inspiration for those girls with enviable hourglass figures.
The decoration on Jayne’s hips makes her moves even more sexy.
Jayne holds 2 bottles of milk close to her famous assets – without a doubt directer and screen writer Frank Tashlin had a perfect sense of humour.
Jessica Rabbit borrowed her red dress from Jayne wardrobe (and peecaboo hair style from Veronica Lake).
Yellow outfit transforms into a swimsuit,
all you need to do is to take off a skirt.
Blouse + pants + wide sash = perfect cocktail outfit.
Jayne in brown.
Jayne in red (those straps make decolletage more sophisticated and draw extra attention as well).
Some people an amazing quality to look fashinable even wearing very simple clothes.
James Dean was one of them: Lee 101 Rider jeans, white T-shirt and leather jacket – and here it is one of the greatest style icons of XX century.
By the way James Dean’s wardrobe suits girls very well too.
Mom Jean High Waist Tapered by Lee and Vanessa Tee by Swedish brand Lexington – the base of the outfit. Legendary actor was often seen in G.H. Bass weejuns and modern girl’s version Lillian Colorblock Weejuns looks cute too. James Dean was often seen wearing eyeglasses too, he wore them not because he wanted to look more smart, but because he was very short-sighted. Cult made a great reproduction of James Dean’s spectacles (all Cult’s frames are handmade by the way). I like Fairmount Black/Crystal model (if your eyes are working well and do not require correction you can wear that frames wit lenses without diopters or tinted lenses).
Anya Hindmarch‘s Maxi All Over Stickers Featherweight Ebury with funny prints or navy-and-white Merge Maxi Featherweight Ebury bag will be a pretty addition to a rebel without a case girl outfit.
Here is another inspiration for you: French belle Anouk Aimee in The Appointmet movie. Of course, comparing to Charlotte Rampling Anouk Aimee’s eyes are not hooded at all, but outer corners of her upper eyelids are quite heavy, so makeup artists lifted them using contouring technique.
It will be easy to recreate Anouk Aimee’s makeup with Limited Edition Greige Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown. And 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush by M.A.C or budget version Studio Angled Contour Brush от e.l.f will help you to contour your eyelids and blend eyeshadows properly.