Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) (Take 3)

To continue my series of outfits with only “three easy pieces,” I have one more look from Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire. Here is the inspiration look:

And here is my interpretation:
Run-Down:Dress: Marc New York, Grey Woven Belted Shift Dress, $99 via
Shirt: Signature Washed Linen Collection: Billow-Sleeve Shirt, $34 via Spiegel
Shoes: Payless, Kimberly Mary Jane Pump, $19.99
Total: $152.99

This is the same poet sleeve blouse that I used in my last post on Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. I was very surprised when a blouse like this could be utilized again in a very different kind of look. I would have thought that the billowy sleeves would make this impractical and hard to incorporate into many different looks.

Lauren wears a grey shift dress with a belt over this billowy blouse, but I found a dress that comes with a belt as part of it from Marc New York. I like that this grey shift has some volume from the waist down and thus should be a bit more forgiving to most figures. (I always have trouble getting shift dresses to fit nicely.) Again, I love the idea of layering a shirt under a dress, since it is something that I would not think to do on my own. But this looks lovely and take a shirt that is potentially only business casual and makes it look significantly more polished.

I wanted a slightly more curvaceous Mary Jane to go with this look, taking my cue from the slightly more curvaceous shift dress and slightly more curvaceous white button down shirt. I found this very cute pair from Payless. Can you believe this shoe is only $20?

I love that this is yet another innovative take on business wear for a little over $150 and it mixes expensive and inexpensive elements for a simply elegant office look.

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