STYLE GURU STYLE: 1950s Nostalgia

If asked to describe my style, I say that it is comparative to a chameleon; it is always changing and evolving. Some days I can be seen in sneakers, jeans, and my beloved Beatles band T-shirt, and others I am wearing my best dress with heels and diamonds. I try not to be too predictable.

However, if there is one look that I am always going back to, it would have to be the feminine, vintage, modern-inspired looks of the 1950s. I have always been nostalgic of this era I never knew. I have cited Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate, and Audrey Hepburn to be among my style icons as they were the women who greatly represented this era and the style I have always felt most comfortable emulating.

Since I was a little girl, I have always been obsessed with polka dots. When I found this polka dot bodysuit that reminded me of an outfit I once saw Marilyn Monroe wearing, I knew I had to have it. Polka dots are a fun print, which can add character to any outfit, especially as the warmer months quickly approach. I personally like that the polka dots in this bodysuit are reminiscent of the 1950s pin-up girls.

Thanks to the recent Beauty and the Beast live-action revival, yellow has become the color of the season. Yellow has always been a color that I was too afraid to experiment with because it is a difficult color to work with. I decided to be brave and take on the challenge when I found these culottes. Now that I have worn yellow, I can easily see why this is the color of the season. Yellow is not an in-between color. When you wear it, you have to go for it. It is a very freeing color.

Of course, a girl is nothing without her accessories. These high-heel backless shoes are a modern design of the classic 1950s kitten heels—bows and all. In the eternal words of Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” I couldn’t agree more. These rings are both classic and simple, adding a little extra sparkle to any outfit you wear.

If asked why this is my perfect summer outfit, I would say that there are a number of reasons. Of course, the first is that I love the nostalgia this outfit represents. I love that this outfit is girly while also emphasizing the fact that I am a woman. Finally, I just feel good and happy when I wear this outfit. Fashion is an art form—you use it to express yourself and create something beautiful, and that will forever be my life’s mission when dressing myself.