Saturday, 10 December 2011

The film "A week with Marilyn" - a suprising source of inspiration for a chic and minimalist wardrobe.

Last night I went to see the film  "A week with Marilyn". It is a true story about a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe, when during the mid 1950's, she was  in England acting in a film produced by Laurence Olivier.

I highly recommend going to see the film for several reasons. Not only is it an interesting insight into her character,  an interesting story centred on a brief and  impossible romance and pure glamorous escapism, it is also suprisingly a great source of inspiration for a chic and minimalist wardrobe.
I am not sure who the costume designer is for the film, but Marilyn's clothes were beautiful and suprisingly understated.

Yes they were form fitting to show off her curvey figure, but they were also very simple, modest and classic in style. They are a great inspiration for anyone wishing to learn about basic wardrobe essentials. The clothes were made in subtly luxurious fabrics and soft femenine colours,  - everything  a chic amd minimalist wardrobe should be.

Her wardrobe contained many of the chic basic wardrobe essentials:

  • A simple little black dress that flowed over her curves - probably made in a silk crepe de chine.
  • A soft (silk?) fitted white shirt worn with a pair of  capri pants in a neutral colour - very 1950's.
  • A soft cashmere sweater in a light pearl grey. The neckline was high and round, but the style was fairly fitted which showed off her figure.
  • Several pencil skirts in neutral colours such as camel
  • Two coats - a beige trench-coat and a light camel wool coat.
  • Simple sweater dresses
  • A black turtleneck 
  • Black high heels and chic ballet flats
  • Wide waist emphasising belts.
  •  Her trademark red lipstick.

I am sure there were other items that I have missed, but that is a good excuse for me to watch the film again.

1 comment:

  1. My blog is mostly about Buddhism, but I am currently incorporating my own perspective about living simply. I also love fashion, and so I am trying to downsize my wardrobe to trade volume and mediocrity for simplicity and great style. This film is indeed a surprising inspiration for accomplishing this, and I am intrigued. Thanks for this interesting post and your keen analysis!