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How to Dress Like a Classic Hollywood Movie Star: Seven do-it-yourself costume ideas

Lights, Cameras, ACTION! It's Classic Hollywood Cinema Time


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Tippi Hedren in The Birds.

The movie stars from the Classic Hollywood Era always looked elegant, classy, and well-polished when they were up on the big screen. With the fall season quickly approaching, I came up with seven iconic costume ideas to help you transform into a Hollywood movie star! So, whether you are running from “killer birds” or having a “breakfast at Tiffany’s,” you will steal the party this season wearing one of these fabulous do-it-yourself classic outfits.

1. Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) from The Birds (1963)

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Tips: Rip the fabric of your dress and pin the crows to your shoulder for more of a dramatic effect. Top it off with fake blood and don't forget to scream!

Any lime green suit will do. For a more dramatic effect, rip the fabric and use artificial blood on the face.

2. Lorelie Lee (Marilyn Monroe) from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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Tips: Pencil a fake mole near your lip and wear bright red lipstick. You can also rent a gown if you don't want to buy one.

Add a "Marilyn Monroe" blonde wig and red lipstick to complete this iconic masterpiece!

3. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Tips: Audrey Hepburn had simple and sophisticated elegance. Don't overload on jewelry and choose a dress that contours your body but is not too tight. Also, Etsy has an entire Audrey Hepburn costume collection that you might want to try out.

Don't forget to add Audrey's iconic cat-eye glasses and a warm croissant!

4. Adelina Sbaratti (Sophia Loren) from Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


Sophia Loren in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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Tips: Sophia Loren is known for her beautiful cat-eye makeup. To learn how to create this look, click the following link: Sophia Loren Cat-Eye Tutorial.

Knock 'em dead as Sophia Loren! Sexy luxury thigh high stockings and garter belt sold at Vienne Milano.

5. Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly) from Rear Window (1954)

Grace Kelly in Rear Window.

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Tips: Compliment this elegant look with fresh, flawless skin and bold matte lips.

Star as Elegant Grace Kelly from Rear Window.

6. Kitty Packard (Jean Harlow) from Dinner at Eight (1933)

Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight.

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Tips: Cover your eyebrows with conealer and draw them in pencil-thin. Don't forget to act like a brassy gold digger.

7. Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge) from Carmen Jones (1954).

Doroty Dandridge in Carmen Jones.

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Tips: Pencil in a mole above your right lip and wear a bright red lip color on your lips!

Dress as fiesty and sexy Carmen Jones!

VienneMilano Luxury Thigh-High Stockings are made in Italy and will add the perfect vintage touch to your iconic Hollywood costume!

Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Author Bio

Isabella Boston

Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She is well-versed in medical content writing, copywriting, and social media strategies. She is a diarist and the author of Passion of Flames. Isabella has special interests in fashion and beauty, health and wellness, and natural healing as it pertains the body, mind, and soul. When she is not writing, Isabella enjoys playing the violin, learning new languages, and reading books of substance.


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