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How to dress like a 1950’s film star

Nothing says ‘timeless glamour’ like Hollywood off-duty. Think Cote d’Azur, the Riviera, and staring at Monte Carlo off the back of a glistening yacht.

Nothing says ‘timeless glamour’ like Hollywood off-duty. Think Cote d’Azur, the Riviera, and staring at Monte Carlo off the back of a glistening yacht.

OK, while most of us won’t be sailing around Monaco in our private yachts anytime soon, there’s still no reason why we can’t take a page out of the style handbooks of silver screen goddesses like Sophia Loren and La Dolce Vita’s Anita Ekberg.

It was a time when contoured curves reigned supreme, palettes where either whitewashed or bright and bold and floral prints were soft and Sicilian. Even if the only coasts you plan to cruise this spring are the pretty cliffs and bays of our fair shores, bring the bombshell look home this season by channeling the timeless empowered feminine beauty of the 1950’s film stars. After all, it’s just a fashion fact: leading ladies, floppy hats and enormous sunnies never go out of style.

1. La Sirena:

They’re called ‘palazzo’ pants for a reason-50’s seaside glamour is a sarong-free zone. These flowing ultra wide-leg azure trousers are just so much more elegant!

So before you pile into your vintage red convertible for a spin round the Isle of Capri, slip into this chic fresh-off-the-ferry ensemble. The flouncy embroidered peasant top is demure, but the sexy blue and white striped bikini sure isn’t.

Always travelling in style, keep your primed-for-the-paparazzi poise with these flirty espadrilles. Make sure your sunnies are big and round and don’t forget your floppy hat to keep windswept hair at bay.

La Serena

2. Cuter than a Cannoli

This little matching porcelain embroidered cotton top and short set is almost too adorable for words. Take a day off from the high-octane dressing of Capri and take your cue from the sweet, almost pastry-like frills of Sicily-very Dolce & Gabbana.

Blue and white is fresh as can be, but far from innocent, these shorts will show off your long, bronzed legs. Finish with these sophisticated beaded slides for a perfect afternoon of sailing around a sparkling island with the leading man of your choice.

Cuter than a cannoli

3. Pretty as a Postcard

It wouldn’t be 50’s glamour without throwback postcard prints. This sexy cinched-waist halter dress was simply made for sunny afternoons touring faraway locales and long lunches in charming piazzas. Go for the full look with ladylike patent grey kitten heel slingbacks to match.

Keep this sweet white cardi handy for covering up when you feel more like focusing on the attractions at hand rather than being the main must-see yourself!

Pretty as a postcard