Elizabeth Taylor and I go way back. When I was very young, my mother told me I share a birthday with her. I had no idea who she was but soon realized there was something special about sharing a birthday with such an iconic woman. I came across the picture below and it sealed the deal. I was a fan.
While I lean on a more boho style, I can greatly appreciate the more classic looks of the 50’s and 60’s that didn’t scream FREE LOVE! Elizabeth grew up in Los Angelas and dripped old Hollywood. She was famous for her jewels, brows and cleavage and made no apologies for her bold femininity. Oh and those violet eyes…
I love modernizing a style icon to fit the present time and once I started digging in, I found it wasn’t that hard with Ms. Taylor’s signature style. I will admit, I did throw in a few vintage dresses that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but what really stood out were the bold jewels and classic pieces like cigarette pants with pumps, a classic white button up shirt, luxurious coats and a belt to cinch the waist. Everything I picked, I want and would wear.
- Blue & White Striped Peplum Top-Classic, crisp and cute.
- Red Gingham Off the Shoulder Top-This screams retro. It would go great with the white pants.
- White Pixie Pants-These are classics and easy to find at Old Navy.
- Blue Polka Dot Spaghetti Strap Dress-What a gorgeous dress.
- White Cotton Button Down-A classic staple everyone should have.
- Black Belt-Elizabeth Taylor had a tiny waist and she accentuated it by belting her skirts and pants.
- Ballet Flats-I’m not sure if she wore these but they are great with full skirts and slim pants.
- Saphire Necklace-This is for sure a cheap knock-off but who cares? It’s beautiful! What a statement!
- Black Pixie Pants-These are the same as the white pants-affordable and another staple must have.
- Blue Ring-Love this ring-Might even be decent quality.
- Amethyst, Emerald and Aquamarine Earrings-These are a big splurge but I couldn’t resist including them.
- Emerald & Diamond Earrings-what gorgeous statement earrings for only $11!
- Yellow Gingham Dress-Such a sweet dress and it has the famous square neckline Elizabeth wore so often.
- Pink Strawberry Dress-Another Amazon gem with an affordable price tag. It’s definitely a vibe.
- Black Cotton Dress w/ Sleeves-Again with the low cut square neck and large, puffy sleeves.
- Cheetah Fur Coat-I have eyed this coat for a couple years. It reminds me of The Graduate and Mrs. Robinson but Liz Taylor also was photographed several times wearing one just like it as well.
- White Heels-I love a white heel. Whether it’s with one of the dresses, the cigarette pants or just jeans, it’s unexpected and ultra feminine.
- Diamond Ring-I got this ring for my birthday. At $12 the metal feels quite cheap but the jewels are stunning.
- Turquoise & Emerald Earrings-Lovely rhinestone earrings from Amazon that make a big statement for little $$.
Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup was ultra feminine. Blueish/Black eye liner was a must and dark, highly arched brows and thick lashes made her look incredibly demure. She typically wore a vibrant lip and a rosy cheek. With her complexion being peaches and cream and her hair almost black, she definitely had a dramatic, almost mysterious look.
I hope you enjoyed exploring making Elizabeth Taylor’s style current. I love to find modern ways of bringing the past into the present. Which style icon would you like to see next? And in case you missed it, my last post in this series was Stevie Nicks!