The understated elegance of the white dress undoubtedly transcends generations. From Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), to Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina), to Kate Winslet (Titanic), to Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), movie stars have been rocking the white dress in films for decades, making them iconic in their own way.
Obviously, though, I think we call agree that the most memorable white dress in pop culture history is the one Marilyn Monroe wears in the photos we have seen of her standing over the subway grate. Everyone knows this image, it’s been called one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, and it’s actually a still from her movie The Seven Year Itch (1955), a movie about a man who hears of a theory that men all look to have an affair after their seventh year of marriage. The image from the movie, and the dress, are playful, fun, sexy, and daring; a classic Marilyn Monroe combination. I have been a fan of hers ever since I saw the movie Some Like it Hot. In this movie, she plays Sugar, an adorable girl who plays the ukulele and sings in an all-girls traveling band and always falls for the wrong guys. She meets two men who witnessed a murder and dress up as women and join the band to hide out from the mobsters chasing them. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! It’s hilarious!
Since I’m not a huge fan of the halter dress, I decided to pick a white dress (which is only $50 by the way!) that mimicked the skirt of her iconic dress. The pleats made it perfect for twirling, and if we had a Subway in Austin I would have totally tried to get the blown up skirt shot…oh well! I added these amazing sparkly gold heels with a retro-looking flower back (that I totally think Marilyn would approve of, she always rocked the sparkles and sequins) and some simple gold jewelry. I’ve been wearing this delicate choker non-stop. It’s perfect to layer with my collection of gold necklaces and small enough to wear with almost anything.