You may recognize this dress from an earlier post, however, I’ve yet to write a full blog on this outfit. Therefore, I thought what would be better to wear to see a Marilyn film then a Marilyn style dress?
With seeing one of my favourite Marilyn films on the big screen, I was even more inspired to follow my vintage style and my mum suggested wearing my Hollister dress. Since wearing it for one of my earlier posts, until today I’d not worn it since! I absolutely adore the dress, there’s no doubt about that, I’ve just felt too self conscious in it to wear it in public. The main reason for this is because it shows a lot of cleavage, now I’m all for embracing your body and showing off whatever you want, I simply don’t have enough confidence or feel comfortable enough to do that.
However, my wonderful mum suggested a great idea, why not wear a black vest top underneath the dress? I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I thankfully listened to her advice and because of that I could finally wear my beautiful dress! The great thing about the top was that the top half is covered in lace so it gives the dress and extra vintage feel and really compliments the style.
To keep warm in the English Weather I wore my black shrug, I think it goes really well with the dress and almost looks like it’s part of it. I thought in wearing the shrug it would be a bit more sophisticated than wearing my usual cardigans.
For my hair I washed it on Friday evening and was too lazy to pin curl it that night, so I left it until yesterday to roll up my hair and sleep in it. Therefore, I wasn’t expecting my curls to turn out as authentic as they usually do, although I was pleasantly surprised at the effect it had. I will say though, it’s always best to pin curl it once your hair after washing it and it’s dried naturally, it makes the curls last a lot longer. I was going for looser pin curls anyway, but it did frustrate me how after an hour or so they dropped quite noticeably. Luckily, I got the pictures before that happened!
I kept my make up pretty similar to my everyday look, which is inspired by Marilyn’s make up as you can probably tell. I’m wearing my current favourite red lipstick, it’s called Clinique Cherry Pop and I absolutely adore it! It’s a vibrant 1950s blue tone red and just perfect for any vintage style, I really feel like it’s a lipstick Marilyn would have worn. It almost has a 3D effect as it’s slightly glossy, I really can’t fault it. I kept my eyes a nude colour with dramatic winged eyeliner, I think mine is a bit more heavy than Marilyn’s but it’s just the way I think suits me best personally. The only downside is because it’s slightly heavier my eyelashes look shorter, therefore I really should invest in some false ones, I just find them so uncomfortable as I haven’t worn them for years.
Lastly, I chose one of my favourite pairs of earrings to wear, pearls encrusted with diamonds. I think these were from River Island and I’ve had them for years, to me they are just perfect for the Vintage Style and scream 1940s/1950s.
I’m lucky to be able to say that this was my third film of Marilyn’s I have been to see on the big screen. The other two being River of No Return (1954) and Some Like It Hot (1959), what I love about FACT Picturehouse is that they specializes in Vintage Sundays, so I’ve been lucky to see quite a few old films there, which is wonderful for a lover of Old Hollywood like myself.
It was nice to see the Cinema pretty full too, I especially love seeing older people there as I like to think they may have saw the movie during it’s original release. The Misfits is one of my favourites, if not favourite Marilyn Movie. Although, Marilyn wasn’t a big fan of it herself – sadly she was her worst critic and personal problems during the filming definitely didn’t warm her to it – I find it to be just wonderful, The cast, performances, script, music and cinematography are simply superb and I find it so emotionally moving. I also think she looks so ethereal, simply beautiful.
Sadly, I’ve had some comments saying that I’m trying to look like Marilyn and I should be myself etc. To that I say, I adore the vintage style and obviously Marilyn is one of my inspirations. But having blonde curly hair and wearing red lipstick does not mean I’m trying to be Marilyn, I’m happy enough to be myself and let Marilyn be her wonderful self. However, I take it as a huge compliment, who wouldn’t want to be compared to Marilyn? Even if it’s far from accurate, lol.