7 Glamorous Curvy Style Secrets Direct From Old Hollywood

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Old Hollywood glamour will never go out of style. Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor oozed glamour and sophistication and are still celebrated decades later, because they totally owned their curves.

Back in the hazy days of Old Hollywood, curvy women who dressed to accentuate their figures were the pinnacle of beauty. Men and women alike continually praised big busts – and bums J-Lo would be jealous of – so we’re taking curvy style tips from the Old Hollywood power set and shouting it from the rooftops: Long live curvy glamour!

1. Work Your Waist Like Mae West

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As Mae West famously said: ‘Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous, but they won't be avoided.’ So, accentuate your curves and give your silhouette a boost in all the right places with a waist-hugging dress perfect for that voluptuous hourglass look.

2. Boost Your Assets Like Marilyn

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As Marilyn Monroe said: ‘The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.’ No, we’re not advocating you leave the house completely naked, but showing a little skin never hurt anyone. You should flaunt those curves!

A cleavage-boosting dress is the perfect show-stopper, so try a low-V cut style for maximum impact. If you want a little help, a push-up bra is a good option, too. Just make sure it fits well and doesn’t show under the dress.

3. Choose Your Signature Starlet Neckline

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Marilyn Monroe definitely had a signature style. Remember when she stood on that subway grate in New York in that white halter neck dress? She knew that style of neckline suited her and made her feel confident and sexy, so she stuck with it.

Try a sweetheart neckline or a halter neck design to show off curves to maximum effect. Both necklines offer support to a large bust and also add a touch of Old Hollywood glamour to your outfit. When choosing a halter-neck design, just be sure to go for wider straps for optimum comfort and support.
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4. Easy Breezy Like Elizabeth Taylor

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Old Hollywood glamour isn’t always about ball gowns dripping in sequins. Elizabeth Taylor may have wowed on the red carpet, but her favourite thing to wear during downtime were actually breezy kaftans. Airy, ornamental and elegant, with a plunging neckline to show off the bust, the kaftan is a flattering, yet comfortable item all curvy girls need in their life. Taylor paired hers with lots of jewellery, and as she once famously said: ‘Big girls need big diamonds.’

5. The Thigh’s The Limit – Like Jane Russell

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Nothing screams sexy siren like a thigh-high split. And no, Angelina Jolie didn’t invent this look; she just borrowed it from Old Hollywood.

When daring to bare your legs, make sure the top half of your dress isn’t as revealing – this balances out the look. Jane Russell famously said that ‘Publicity can be terrible. But only if you don’t have any’ – and people will definitely be talking about how wowzer you look in an outfit like this!

6. Add Red-Carpet Flare

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If you like to accentuate your legs, then a flared dress is a great option. Be inspired by Old Hollywood glamour and go for a classic A-line shape, which conceals the tummy and thigh area and draws attention to shapely pins.

7. Bodice Dreams

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Bodices were an Old Hollywood staple, but they looked pretty uncomfortable. But don’t worry: Modern bodices are far more user-friendly and a lot less restrictive. To avoid lumps and bumps, opt for one built into a dress for the ultimate streamlining effect. As Mae West said: ‘I like my clothes to be tight enough to show I’m a woman.’

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