Marilyn Monroe's Ten Best Style Moments

It's her birthday, so we're reflecting on some of her finest

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What exactly does it mean to be a fashion icon? Well in our estimation, a fashion icon is one whose style is revered, remembered, and stands the test of time. When it comes to longevity in the entertainment and fashion industry, few stand the test of time more than Marilyn Monroe.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, the model turned actress transformed herself into a blonde bombshell as she took her career to the next level, donning plenty of legendary outfits in the process. Today, we are taking a look at some of those fits and the moments that went with them.

1. Orange Dress in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

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This orange piece framed Monroe’s body perfectly and was one of the many outfits that captivated viewers in the movie. The 1953 film also starred Jane Russell and went on to pull $5.3 million at the box office.

2. Red Dress in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

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Honestly, we could make a whole separate article about the looks served in this film. If you looked at this dress and said “Wow,” you certainly weren’t alone. One can only dream of having something like this in their wardrobe, and if you haven’t seen Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, you should definitely check it out as the movie is excellent.

3. White Halter Dress in “The Seven Year Itch”

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Yes, that dress. This white halter dress that Monroe wore during her 1955 film The Seven Year Itch has been voted by many to be her best fashion moment ever. Whether you agree or not, it certainly is legendary.

4. Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress

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Ah, the iconic “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress. As if her acting moments weren’t groundbreaking enough, Monroe also has legendary songs and performances as well. Taking to the stage to serenade President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday celebration, Monroe also wore a gold shimmery dress that we’ve often only seen in black and white.

5. Simple Marilyn

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While the glamorous dresses were definitely a staple in Marilyn’s closet, she could also give you simple ones. Putting together a nice look that can be replicated for the Fall, Monroe wore a simple black turtleneck and plaid pants in this shoot.

6. Simple Marilyn Part Two

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And of course, a white blouse and jeans look has never failed any woman through the history of time. Ever.

7. 1951 Academy Awards


Gowns. Beautiful Gowns. Don’t y’all agree that this is a stunning gown? While Monroe effortlessly gave sultrily, she could give Disney Princess just as easily.

8. Monroe Gold Shimmery Dress

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It’s unbelievable how many times this dress has been duped. This is classic vintage Marilyn Monroe at her peak. It appears this dress was worn to the 1953 Photoplay Gold Medal Awards.

9. 1962 Golden Globe Awards

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And if you’re nominated for a Golden Globe, you have to arrive at the ceremony in fashion darling. That’s exactly what Ms. Monroe did, wearing an elegant black dress with a hint of shimmer.

10. Pink Dress in “Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend”

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Perhaps no other Marilyn Monroe look has been recreated more than this one. From Madonna’s “Material Girl,” to Kylie Jenner, this look has remained powerful through the decades.

Despite only living 36 years, Monroe made her mark in so many different ways, and we will always celebrate her.

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