Old Hollywood Style

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS navy off-the-shoulder dress and valentino rockstud heels angela lanter hello Gorgeous

There’s not very many things that I love more than Old Hollywood.  I grew up on Elvis Presley films and every time I would walk in my Mawmaw’s house, she would have TCM on.  As I’ve gotten older, I have such an appreciation for classic films.  Maybe that appreciation was inherited, or perhaps it was instilled at a young age.  Most likely, it was a combination of the two plus my marriage to an actor that really made me understand what a good film is.

Last year, Matt & I decided to set a goal to watch every movie on the AFI Top 100 Movies list.  I’d say we’re about halfway through the list now.  This has been so fun to not only see different films throughout filmmaking history but to do it together.  We love spending our evenings snuggling on the sofa wrapped up in a great black and white classic.  A couple of my favorite movies I’ve discovered (not necessarily on the AFI list) are: Laura (my mom was named after this movie!), Casablanca (MUST SEE!), I’ll Be Seeing You (Mawmaw’s favorite & her wedding song), A Raisin in the Sun, The Hustler, High Society (remake of A Philadelphia Story), Move Over Darling and A Place in the Sun (Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift are two of my faves).  Matt loved Sunset Blvd, Lolita & Double Indemnity.  These are just a few of the ones we’ve really enjoyed.  I have watched almost all of Marilyn Monroe’s work and plan to do the same with Liz Taylor.

I love getting lost in a different time period.  As I drive around LA, I often think about what this town looked like in the 1940s.  There’s very few places that have been left untouched in this town, which makes me so sad.  I love walking into a building and feeling it’s age and character.  The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of my favorite LA spots for this reason.  If you are ever in LA, be sure to visit the hotel and go down to the Fountain Coffee Room.  Talk about Old Hollywood!  I just sit there and daydream about all the starlets who have dined at that bar in the past.

One of my favorite things about classic films is the fashion.  I love paying close attention to the costumes and detail.  If you want to see some fabulous women’s fashion, watch just about any Grace Kelly movie.  The dress I’m wearing in this post feels like it was pulled straight out of 1950, which is why I love it.  I love the full skirt, button detail and off shoulder design.  It feels like something Audrey Hepburn would have worn in Roman Holiday!

Leave a comment with your favorite old movie.  I love talking Old Hollywood and learning about movies I haven’t seen yet!


ASOS Off Shoulder Button Through Midi Sundress  //   Ted Baker Scarf (similar)  //  Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Heels  //  Sorial Clutch (sold out); similar here  //  Quay Cat Eye Sunnies  //  similar ear jackets here and similar here  //  Henri Bendel Uptown Channel Bracelet  //  Baublebar Gemini Ring

Sizing Info:  Wearing US size 2 in dress and heels in size 37.

Photography by Jana Williams.

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11 Comments

  1. Audrey
    May 4, 2016 / 7:57 PM

    This look is so Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (my favorite), you look incredibly elegant ! I love love love it !

  2. May 6, 2016 / 3:10 AM

    You really are channelling Old Hollywood. The dress is so cute and the neckline is very starlet. Isn’t Montgomery Clift’s story so fascinationg? I too love the Hollywood of yore. One of my favorite movies is “Imitation of Life” with Lana Turner and Juanita Moore. I also love anything with Marilyn. I find her fascinating as well. Love this post!

    • May 7, 2016 / 6:17 AM

      Thanks Camille! I just recorded the original “Imitation of Life” with Claudette Colbert on my DVR for this upcoming week on TCM! I can’t believe I haven’t seen either version yet, but I did really love Lana Turner in “The Postman Never Rings Twice”. I want to start reading the memoirs of the Old Hollywood generation because I’m so intrigued by where it all started, the golden era.
      PS- I love that another “old soul” is a part of my Gorgeous Fam! 🙂

  3. Kate
    May 6, 2016 / 11:20 PM

    Your outfit is too adorable!
    -kate
    Katekoutures.blogspot.com

  4. Tori
    May 8, 2016 / 10:55 PM

    I love that dress and this post! I am so with you on an inherited love affair with classic film 🙂 I would suggest Bringing Up Baby (Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant? Swoon!), the original Father of the Bride (a must in your Elizabeth Taylor plans 🙂 ), and Christmas in Connecticut (an underrated Christmas comedy with Barbara Stanwyck) <3

    • May 9, 2016 / 7:22 AM

      I haven’t seen Bringing Up Baby yet! Can you even believe it?! It’s definitely on my must watch list though! I will add Father of the Bride too! Have you seen High Society? Three of my faves all in one film! 🙂
      PS- there’s nothing I love more than a good Old Hollywood chat!

  5. Katie
    May 11, 2016 / 4:43 AM

    Imitation of Life is my favorite followed by An affair to Remember. Such amazing movies!

  6. Jennifer
    October 7, 2016 / 1:42 PM

    I love Old Hollywood as well. The elegance and innocence of the time…I always strive to find ways to incorporate it in my life, whether it’s wearing a vintage dress or watching the old movies. Audrey Hepburn is my favoritemail actress, so I love her films. I also adore the 1940s and my grandmother also watched all of the classics, but she died when I was really young so I never got to experience them with her. However, my dad tells me about her favorite stars and movies of the time, so I feel like I can still experience it through him. That is a great goal! I am actually working my way through the Best Picture Winners.

    I also love musicals and The Sound of Music is my all time favorite. A 1940s movie that I would recommend is Random Harvest with Greer Garson and Ronald Coleman. Such a beautiful movie.

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