You Can Steal These Earrings from Marilyn Monroe—for $18

The classic Hollywood look is comin' back.

Marilyn Monroe
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There are few things about Marilyn Monroe you can recreate with ease—trust us, we've done the legwork. But there's one accessory that was beloved by Monroe—a classic, yet statement-making staple, that definitely belongs in your wardrobe: her signature gold hoop earrings.

Marilyn Monroe

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In Niagra (1953), one of Monroe's first feature roles, she was an utter seductress bedecked in a hot pink, peekaboo wiggle dress paired with those coveted door knocker style gold hoops a.k.a. our new summer earring. And like all things Marilyn in the '50s, they became a wildy popular style for the decade.

Audrey Hepburn

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In 1954, Audrey Hepburn wore the same style earring off-duty (see above!) and in Sabrina when her character returned—a new woman–from a life-changing trip to Paris, showing them off with a cutting-edge pixie cut and a turban-style head wrap.

What we love about these Old Hollywood-beloved hoops is that they can still feel modern and versatile with today's styles—especially hot-hued, shoulder-baring looks for summer. But make no mistake, you can wear them with a button-up and distressed cut-offs just as easily as a simple sundress. They're a perfect retro touch.

Gold Earrings

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The best part? You can find similar styles on the cheap, whether you're thrifting locally or hunting Etsy, which just happens to have a spitting image pair for $17.38.

So, instead of throwing all your money at ultra-trendy pieces—remember, ear jackets won't be in forever—invest in a pair you'll want to deck your lobes in for life.

MrsPollyLucite '50s Gold Hoops, $17.38;

Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.