Get the Marilyn Monroe look on the high street!

Last week I was lucky enough to visit the great Getty exhibition of Marilyn images and paraphernalia just off Oxford Street (click here to read the exhibition review) and after browsing the exhibition, naturally I hit a few shops. It was while I was browsing that I spotted more than a few dresses on the high street rails that evoked that timeless Marilyn style and that needed some serious attention. Having loved her since a very early age, I’ve always been a fan of Marilyn’s fashion choices and am glad that the high street is taking note and creating some curve-friendly shapes in honour of the blonde bombshell.

First up is the pièce de résistance, a dress that I so badly want at the moment, yet have no excuse to buy. If you’re heading to a special event in the next few weeks, this is the dress you need. It’s slightly Gaga meets Marilyn with the oversized bow, but the girly bow and womanly shape make for a dress that truly epitomises Marilyn’s style. The bow is cute, playful and fun yet the curve hugging shape is instantly sexy and made to be worn with confidence. All you need is a pair or killer heels, a statement clutch and a red lip to set off this fabulous dress that definitely deserves a place in your wardrobe.

Black dress with bow, £50, River Island

Marilyn knew a thing or two about working a white dress, and this modern twist on an old classic is perfect for a summer party. Work two key trends for this season in one, the peplum and scuba style fabric, while still nailing that Marilyn glamour, this Topshop dress makes it easy.

White scuba peplum dress, £48, Topshop

For a woman as special as Marilyn it was only right that she embraced her fair share of embellishment and was seen in a fabulous array of decorated frocks. This River Island dress is the most sumptuous shade of pink and even comes with movie star worthy bow detailing on the shoulder. Marilyn’s most famous oversized bow was immortalised in her Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend scene during Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and she worked it in pink too. This is perfect for a night out where you want to make a statement and really turn heads. It’s utterly fabulous.

Pink bow dress, £50, River Island

Few images of Marilyn are as gorgeous as those of her rocking a polka dot bikini while frolicking on the beach, and as a bonafide fashionista, she worked a lot of polka dots during her life. Make like Marilyn with this gorgeous peplum dress and show off your penchant for pattern for only £40! Easily dressed down with wedges and up with killer heels, this dress is dying to be teamed with a red lip and a multitude of vintage accessories.

Polka dot peplum dress, £40, River Island

Last but by no means least, every girl needs an LBD and Marilyn sure had her fair share of fabulous black dresses. This scuba style black dress screams Marilyn, but the modern strappy back adds edge for those who want to keep things up to date. Form fitting with a more modest hemline, this keeps things under wraps but still oozes glamour and is the ultimate frock for a more formal occasion. Statement shoes and clutch are a must, as is a perfectly applied pout.

Black scuba frock, £49, Rare at Topshop

What did you think of today’s Marilyn lookbook? Have you got any formal events coming up and are you tempted to treat yourself to one of these Marilyn-esque frocks? Let me know by leaving me a comment or tweeting me @MillieDelacoe. Don’t forget you can read my review of the Marilyn at the Getty exhibition by clicking here. Until next time…

Millie x

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  1. Those dresses are amazing… I love Marylin’s style! This blog is great! Hope you can take a moment to check out my blog too!

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