How To Wear Evening Dresses – Marilyn Style


In honor of the new movie “My Week With Marilyn” I have put together five looks(including accessories) so that women of all body types can fit into Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style.
We’ll start with Hourglass.

You’ll have no problem emulating Marilyn’s shape. She wore form-fitting, type-flattering dresses like this Teddy Dress from J. Crew. (similar dresses here)

I’d pair it with this cashmere scarf. Make sure to keep it up and around the neck. We don’t want to draw any attention away from your fabulous shape.
To add a pop of color, go with red heels. You might also want to try brown sunglasses and/or a thin belt. (similar shoes here)



Boy Shape

This perfectly feminine ruched dress will give you the shape you need to have that flirty look that Marilyn pulled off so well. (similar dresses here)

I’m pairing it with a perfectly 50’s fur evening wrap. I had to go to a wedding website to find it. You could also try a fur shrug instead of a wrap or a cropped jacket with a fur lining.

I found these wonderful metallic shoes to pull the look together. (similar shoes here)





This simple, sleek and sexy stretch dress is going to give you that fifties sex symbol look in the pull of a zipper. The wide shoulders will balance out your hips, too. (similar dresses here)

For a splash of fun I’ve added this cute cropped cardigan which will also balance out hips by bringing the attention up.

I couldn’t resist these sophisticated red heels. They won’t draw attention away from how great you look, but they will add a touch of color. (similar shoes here)

Red lips, cat eyes and a red scarf used as a headband would add some fifties details and really pull the look together.



This sheath dress has a fitted bodice and a straight skirt, that I wouldn’t normally recommend to a Column body type. (similar dresses here) However, the accessory that I picked for this dress is going to be more a part of the dress than the others…

This leopard print scarf is not going to be slung around your neck. Nope. You are going to tie this scarf around your hips… low on your hips. Tie it in a bow on the side and leave it gathered like a bustled skirt would look.

Then add these dark blue strappy shoes. These shoes are the epitome of sex. (similar shoes here) Just try not to break your neck. I know I couldn’t walk in these babies.

Don’t shy away from adding some diamonds around your neck or in your hair.




This contrast dress needs no accessories. The way this dress is cut and the placement of the lace is going to break up your biggest problem area: the belly. By breaking it up, it will appear smaller. (similar dresses here)

All I can recommend that you put with this dress is a very simple pair of easy black pumps.

Of course, if it’s cold you could pull on a classic trench made of a very stiff fabric with an empire waist. Or a giant white faux fur coat.


Try not to break too many hearts, Ladies!

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