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Silver Screen Style: Bandwagon

Some movies are pure entertainment and others are also fashion inspiration.  Today we look at the fashions from one of my favorite movies Bandwagon.  Cyd Charisse’s outfits for this movie are timeless…

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Sarah

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Signature Colors

Every Starlet has a signature hair color, but they also have signature style colors that they are associated with.

White

Marilyn Monroe was known for her signature red lips, but she was famous for wearing white.  She felt that a white wardrobe against her pale skin and platinum hair made her look angelic.

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Yellow

Lana Turner was a big fan of yellow everything.

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Lana Turner Yellow
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Pink

Pink is the most common association with femininity.  Several Starlets have used this as their signature color, but in very different ways.  Jayne Mansfield was all about sex appeal.

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While Audrey Hepburn was more about classic sophistication.

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Audrey Hepburn Pink Givenchy Dress
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She even famously quoted about her signature color:

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

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And Audrey was in the pinkest movie of all time, Funny Face:

I hope this inspires you to pick your own signature color.

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Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Outerwear

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Unless you actually live in Hollywood or a warm climate (lucky you), you will probably need to have some cold weather clothing in your wardrobe.  Here are your basics, and ideas for some glamorous options:

Coats

Every woman needs a basic trench coat in a neutral color and a fun coat in a bright color or print.

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Hats

Hats can be tricky for a Starlet because they can mess up their hair.  The solution is to wear ones that are so cute, you will want to wear them all the time.

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Scarves

A Starlet loves a scarf.  Especially one that she can dramatically throw over her shoulders when exiting a room in a huff.

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Gloves

A Starlet wants to protect her hands.  She loves to do that with pretty gloves with fun details.

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Boots

A Starlet needs her shoes to be stylish, but she also needs to walk glamorously in any weather.  So she needs snow boots and/or rain boots that are fashionable and functional.

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A note about furs: Old Hollywood Starlets wore fur.  It was a sign of the times.  Most of them were big animal rights activists, so I doubt they would wear fur today.  Wearing fur is a personal choice.  To some it is still a sign of luxury.  In my opinion, if it is a vintage fur then go for it (the animal has already died, don’t let it be in vain).  There are great faux fur options nowadays as well.

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Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Underneath a Starlet’s Clothes

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A Starlet’s wardrobe is like a house: it’s no good without a great foundation.  Obviously foundation garments have changed over the years, but the goal of an hourglass figure remains the same.

Bras

A proper fitting bra is essential.  Whatever your size or shape, a well-fitting bra can make a world of difference.  I’ve read that the majority of women are wearing the wrong size bra, don’t be a statistic.  You can go to a bra fitter (although I’ve never had much luck with that, probably because I am a size that isn’t readily available in most stores.  I need to special order my size), but it is a good idea to do a little research and try doing some measurements yourself so you have an idea of what sizes to try on first.

A Starlet likes simple, well-structured bras in basic colors like flesh tone and black (maybe a little lace for special occasions).  She will also have a strapless on hand for evening wear.

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If you are very busty (like myself) you may want to consider a comfortable bra to sleep in.  Marilyn Monroe did.  She was terrified of sagging.

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Underwear

A Starlet wears underwear, these can be fun colors, materials, anything goes.  She usually prefers a full style over a thong for comfort value… but nothing granny like.  A Starlet never knows when her underwear may end up on camera.

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Shapewear

This is were a Starlet gets her fabulous figure (which she always has no matter what her weight).  Yes, Spanx are the popular style right now, but they are pricey, so any brand that does the job will do.  To pick the perfect shapewear, just decide what body parts need to shrink and which ones need a boost and go from there.

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Now the first rule of shapewear is: a Starlet never talks about shapewear.  She doesn’t want to ruin the illusion of a gorgeous figure.  And she never complains about discomfort, that would not be glamorous.

A Starlet likes to keep this a secret even when she is disrobing, so her shapewear should have sex appeal.  It will be in neutral colors like flesh tone and black, but should give a nod to lingerie, maybe with a little lace.

Even though shapewear has come a long way over the years, it can still be uncomfortable at times.  However, nothing will make you feel more like a sex kitten.  The costume designer for Mad Men, Janie Bryant, insists that the ladies in the cast wear era-appropriate undergarments to help get them into character.  The right undergarments can get you into your own Starlet character!

Sleep

When sleeping, a Starlet likes to be uninterrupted.  That is why she has a collection of sleep masks and ear plugs.  Starlets are notorious for having trouble sleeping.

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Starlets are also notorious for sleeping in nothing but their perfume.  However when they do decide to wear something to sleep, there are a few options:

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  • Satin PJs– these feel so nice on the skin and a perfect for sleep or lounging around the house
  • Knee length nightgowns– Elizabeth Taylor make this look legendary.
  • Babydoll PJs– cute and pretty
  • Negligees– for times when you may not be just sleeping

Robes

When lounging around the house, Starlets mostly like to wear robes.

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  • White terry cloth robe– no Starlet would be complete without one of these in her wardrobe
  • Satin dressing gown– these feel great like satin PJs, but keep you a little warmer on cold nights
  • Kimono– for when a Starlet wants to show a little leg
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Stay tuned for glamorous workout wear!

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Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Starlet Accessories

No Starlet wardrobe is complete without accessories.  So here are the basics…

Shoes

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No Starlet can resist footwear.  She may have a weakness for the red soled Louboutins or the classic Jimmy Choos, but labels and status are not what moves a true Starlet.  She is more concerned with how the shoe makes her feel.  These are her essentials:

  • Heels-nothing makes you look and feel more feminine, whether its mules, sling backs, or pumps
  • Espadrilles– perfect for summer
  • Ballet flats– these are the perfect shoes for every day.  They are feminine and comfortable for a Starlet on the go.
  • Keds– a Starlet’s preferred sneaker.
  • Moccasins– for cozy cabins in the woods
  • Flat boots-preferably riding boots.  A classic look for cold days

Purse

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What do you get for the Starlet that has everything… something to carry it in.

  • Top handle– these are you basic handbags.  Nothing too big or too tiny.  Leather for every day.  Wicker for summer vacations
  • Day bag– a Starlet is always on the go.  Auditions/interviews/meetings.  She needs a good size bag that can carry her essentials.  Nothing bigger than a briefcase, and definitely nothing that appears to be luggage.  Even if she spend the night at a paramour’s house and didn’t have time to go home to freshen up, she should always look put together.
  • Evening clutches–  a Starlet will have one to go with every formal occasion outfit.

Jewelry

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We all know the Elizabeth Taylor has a love affair with jewelry.  She collected historic pieces and knew the history of every bauble.  However a true Starlet is not concerned with the price of the stone or even if the gem is real (exception: engagement rings and other gifts, which she expects to be of good quality).  Starlets always love to sparkle with rhinestones and crystals as well as diamonds and pearls.

  • Dangly earrings– an earring with movement catches the light and call attention to a Starlet’s eyes.
  • Hoop earrings– nothing too big or gaudy, just simple and classic.
  • Diamond studs– simple and basic
  • Pearl studs– for days when you just need a little class.  As Jackie O says, “pearls are always appropriate”
  • Pendent necklace– something pretty and delicate for everyday or for a V-neck sweater that needs a little sparkle.
  • Statement necklace– something big and dramatic to add sparkle to a little black dress for simple outfit.
  • Cocktail ring– a Starlet loves something pretty and shiny on her finger.
  • Brooches– similar to a statement necklace, a brooch is a way to add glamour to a basic dress, blazer, or coat.

Other Accessories

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  • Sunglasses– sometimes a Starlet needs to run out of the house without eye makeup (I know, the horror!), and as a star, you never know when you will get your picture taken or run into someone important.  So a true Starlet has a collection of sunglasses for any occasion.
  • Tights/leggings– most Starlets live in sunny LA, but for the rest of us (like me who has to deal with New England winters) tights and leggings are essential to keeping your legs warm, because sometimes you just need to wear a pretty dress in cold weather.  Black is basic and goes with most things.  You can wear nude to layer under pants,.  Also, nude fishnets can be slimming.
  • Hair accessories/flowers– these are for days when you want to feel like a pin up girl.
  • Scarves– most Starlets can’t resist a scarf.  Any way you wear it… tied around the neck, as a headscarf, draped over a sweater, or a bandana as a headband….they add drama to any outfit.
  • Sun hat– Starlets protect their skin for the sun, so in the summertime, a sun hat with a wide brim is essential and glamorous.
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Stay tuned for what to wear underneath your clothes!

Kisses

Sarah

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Getting into Costume: A Starlet’s Wardrobe Basics

Your life cannot be a movie unless you have a costume department.  Any actor will tell you that they never fully get into character until they get into costume. You want a wardrobe that fits your life, but also the life that you would like.  You obviously want a wardrobe that flatterers your figure (the figure you have, not yourself minus 20 lbs, love your beautiful curves, and if you’re in an unhealthy weight range then work on your diet and fitness).

You will always be safe sticking to the classics.  For an explanation of the difference between classics and retro check out The Glamorous Housewife.  This blog also has some tips on retro wardrobe basics.

Here are some basics every Starlet should have in her wardrobe:

Dresses

Printed Day Dresses– these can be any shape that flatters your body.  They can be in florals or any pattern you love (every Starlet needs at least one polka dot dress).  When you’re in a hurry to get out the door, nothing is simpler than throwing on a day dress

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LBD- (Little Black Dress) in any shape, material, you like.  It is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe

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Sheath Dress– think Joan from Mad Men

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Fit and Flare Dresses– this style gives you a tiny waist… the goal of every Starlet

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Evening gown– this isn’t something you need to run out and spend money on, but ideally you should think about adding a formal gown to your wardrobe just in case the occasion arises.

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Tops

Cardigans– this is a classic look that you can get in any color and throw on anytime it gets a little cold

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Sweaters– the term “sweater girl” was created for Old Hollywood Starlets, so embrace that you’re your favorite sweaters in a flattering color and neckline

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Long sleeve blouses– a basic white or a color, this is a menswear inspired wardrobe must for all Starlets

Cyd Charisse Fashion Bandwagon
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Plaid Blouses– for casual days, or country trips

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T-shirts– basic long sleeve, puff sleeve (which make your shoulders look bigger… which makes your waist look tinier!)… there are so many styles to choose from.  Pick your favorites for layering, going with dressier skirts and pants, and for getting some exercise.

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Suits

Find a suit (preferably with a skirt, but if you love pants suits, go for it).  Black is the most basic, but you can also pick a color.  Wear the top and bottom together or separately.

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Bottoms

Denim– Starlets do where jeans, but always well-fitted.  They can be wide leg retro style, cropped and cuffed, or skinny jeans (but only if they flatter you figure).

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Capris– these can be in patterns or solids.  These are the perfect casual, everyday pants.

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Wide leg pant– a feminine take on menswear

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Full skirts– these can be in a fun pattern, and can be casual for day or dressier for evening

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Pencil skirt– no Starlet wardrobe would be complete without a pencil skirt.  In sold or pattern.

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Stay tunes for accessories!

Kisses

Sarah

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