From Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor, An Old Hollywood Guide to Dressing Down

During Old Hollywood's heyday, leading ladies looked just as elegant traipsing around town or lounging at home as they did on screen. Let these retro sirens be your guide to dressing glamorous on your days off.

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March 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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Ava Gardner

There's no getting around the fact that Ava Garner was a femme fatale on and offscreen. She was very comfortable with her body, and wasn't afraid to show it. Whether she was attending a black tie event or going about her day-to-day life, her outfits always did one thing — define her 18-inch waist. We can't all cut a figure like Gardner’s, but her sultry approach to casual dressing is easy to mirror if you stick to her go-to silhouettes: tailored blouses, high-rise bottoms, and wiggle dresses. If all else fails, just cinch your waist with a thick belt.