In the almost 60 years since her passing, Marilyn Monroe has become somewhat of a mythological figure. Idolized for her beauty, kind heart, and wildly entertaining films, hers is a legacy that burns eternal — especially when it comes to fashion. The ultimate symbol of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Marilyn was a glamour girl through and though. We’ve rounded up seven easy-to-recreate looks for those looking to emulate her sense of style: Read on to find out how to pull them off!
How to Dress Like Marilyn Monroe
Go for the glam. Marilyn was a glitzy goddess who wasn’t afraid to go for bold, so the first step to copping her signature look is to embrace your inner screen siren. Add some sparkle with a gilded dress and don’t be afraid to wear those statement earrings you usually save for special occasions. You only live once, so you might as well glam it up!
Embrace dresses and pants. Much like her film career, the late starlet had range when it came to style, too. Marilyn essentially had two style personas: ultra-glam and ultra-comfortable. When dressing up, you could almost always find her in a chic dress. But know this: The actress also loved a good pair of trousers. In her off hours, Marilyn embraced timely classics, like simple sweaters and cigarette pants — just like Audrey Hepburn,
Incorporate heels into your ensembles. Marilyn was notorious for her peep-toe heels, so be sure you pick up a comfortable pair for yourself. A great way to finish off any outfit, heels can elongate your silhouette and give off a sense of confidence like no other shoe can.
Don’t forget a pop to the pout. Marilyn, like most stars of the era, loved a bold lipstick hue. Bright pinks and reds, like Revlon’s Fire and Ice, were staples in most women’s purses — including the Some Like It Hot star’s.
Modern Marilyn Monroe-Inspired Looks
Now that you know how to dress like Marilyn, it’s time to shop! We’ve put together seven Marilyn-approved looks that incorporate everything from tailored basics and signature pieces to outfits that appear to be ripped right from her biggest films. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World‘s picks for Marilyn Monroe-inspired looks anyone can wear.
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Marilyn Monroe Casual
Where to buy: Top, $39, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Pants, $99, Nordstrom
To channel Marilyn at home, à la this 1953 pic, opt for a look that screams comfort but has a little structure, like this black turtleneck and patterned capri combo. Halogen's long-sleeve turtleneck and Halogen x Atlantic's Pacific check kick flare pants are just the pieces you'll need. Made from a soft, stretch-knit fabric, this slimming top is insanely versatile. These nautical-meets-ivy league pants, meanwhile, will add just the right touch of flair with their sailor button-embossed pattern and cropped flare hem.
Marilyn Monroe Glamour
Gentleman Prefer Blondes Marilyn
Where to buy: Dress, $64.97, Nordstrom Rack
Where to buy: Lipstick, $21, Sephora
Here, we have Marilyn in peak glamour girl form. Decked out in a glittering gold number during her stint as Lorelei Lee in the 1953 musical comedy Gentleman Prefer Blondes, this look is more attainable than you might think. TOV's plunge halter maxi dress has a very similar deep V-neckline and metallic striped print that practically screams "old Hollywood." It's also the perfect pick for your next big event (New Year's Eve, anyone?) Top it off with a coat of Too Faced's nourishing Peach Kiss Moisture Matte lipstick in Chill Pill for a Marilyn-worthy kisser.
Marilyn Monroe Jeans
Where to buy: Top, $69, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Jeans, $89.99 (Originally $128), Nordstrom
Where to buy: Belt, $45, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Boots, $78.95, Nordstrom
Marilyn's last film was the gripping 1961 drama The Misfits, written by her then-husband, playwright Arthur Miller. It was also one of her most dressed-down roles to date, as she traipsed around the Nevada desert in a crisp button-down, like this Treasure & Bond gauzy tunic shirt, dark-wash jeans (we like Madewell's classic straight leg denim), a brown belt (this one's also courtesy of Madewell), and matching boots. A rustic pair, like these comfortable BC Preach booties, which are vegan and feature a 2-inch heel, should do just fine to help you channel Misfits-era Marilyn.
Marilyn Monroe Dress
Party Girl Marilyn
Where to buy: Dress, $68, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Earrings, $2.68, Amazon
Whether you're dressing up for a shindig with friends or for a cocktail party, the power of a good party dress goes a long way — a fact Marilyn knew all too well. To channel her party persona at your next get-together, go for something simple-yet-classy with a slinky slip dress and pearl earrings. We love this Topshop satin midi dress, which has similar straps to the dress Marilyn wore in 1956, and a square neckline. Be sure to polish off the look with some dazzling drop earrings, like these Elgoog pearl tassels, which are handcrafted from allergy-friendly metal and imitation pearls.
Marilyn Monroe Dance
Let's Make Love Marilyn
Where to buy: Sweater, $26.97 (Originally $78), Nordstrom Rack
Where to buy: Leggings, $29, Nordstrom
Ripped right from a dance number in 1960's Let's Make Love, this cozy ensemble looks downright modern, further highlighting Marilyn's impact on fashion. It's also super simple to redo — all you'll need is a cozy cable knit sweater and a pair of leggings. We love JOSEPH A's boxy turtleneck pullover for its soft-knit construction. As for the leggings, you can't go wrong with Nordstorm's Go-To high waist bottoms. Made from a cotton/spandex blend, this stylish pair features a ruched waist for an extra touch of style.
Marilyn Monroe Coat
Jet Set Marilyn
Where to buy: Coat, $399.97 (Originally $1,298), Nordstrom Rack
Where to buy: Dress, $76.80 (Originally $128), Nordstrom
Where to buy: Heels, $59.99 (Originally $99), Naturalizer
Ever the jet-setting trendsetter, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to see that Marilyn kept things stylish, even when flying. To recreate this stylish in-flight ensemble from 1961, you'll need three pieces: a houndstooth coat, a shift dress, and a pair of white heels. Lafayette 148 offers up a pretty close match with its New York Vita houndstooth coat, which features front-concealed snap button closures, a boucle knit wool blend exterior, and a lined interior. When it comes to the dress, Tahari's cap-sleeve sheath dress is a great modern take on Marilyn's '60s garment. As for the heels, we're big fans of Naturalizer's white leather Natalie heels, which have a comfortable 3-inch, pointed toe design.
Marilyn Monroe White Dress
Seven Year Itch Marilyn
Where to buy: $32.99, Amazon
When it comes to memorable fashion moments in film, Marilyn Monroe's white dress from 1955's The Seven Year Itch, in which she stands atop a subway grate as it dances in the wind, is one of the greats. Create your own New York City moment with this affordable MUXXN vintage swing dress dupe. Unlike most Monroe-inspired pieces, this frock doesn't look like a costume. It's made from a comfortable and easy-to-wear cotton, rayon, and spandex blend, and features a retro-cut and an empire waist that will make you feel like a bonafide celebrity.