4 Party Looks Inspired by Grace Kelly’s Timeless Style

This elegant style icon is as relevant today as ever.
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This elegant style icon is as relevant today as ever.

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When the two words “style” and “icon” are put together, images of vintage celebrities come to mind. Style icons are timeless, exuding elegance and beauty that emanates for decades upon decades despite fluctuating fashions. Grace Kelly, in her striking yet humbling beauty, remains a style icon that women of all ages can aspire to.

The silhouettes of Grace Kelly’s most famous dresses and outfits are universally flattering, highlighting the feminine shape with cinched waists and flowing circle skirts. Grace Kelly never demanded attention with ostentatious fashions; rather, she chose shapes and fabrics that accentuated both her internal and external beauty.

November 12 marks the anniversary of this cherished starlet’s birthday. In celebration of her life and enduring fashion legacy, we've compiled a few party looks to help you exude Grace Kelly glamour this upcoming winter season.

REAR WINDOW, 1954 //

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Grace Kelly dressed like a princess even before she literally became a princess. A full statement skirt is best paired with a simple and flattering, fitted black top and strappy black heels. To make the outfit a bit more modern, add a sleek leather jacket and red clutch for a pop of color.

Tulle Skirt, Topshop, $105 / Heels, Steve Madden, $80 / Black Boatneck, Old Navy, $10 / Pearls, River Island,$24 / Leather Jacket, Mango, $170 / Red Clutch,Abas, $60

GRACE KELLY & PRINCE RAINIER'S FIRST MEETING //

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As Grace shows, bold prints can be balanced with classic and simple silhouettes. The dark floral trend is still in full swing, especially for winter and holiday get-togethers. Try closed-toed pumps to make this look more winter-appropriate and throw on a snowy white cropped jacket.

Floral Dress,  ModCloth, $200 / Shoes, Sole Society, $70 / Jacket, Mango, $120 / Clutch, Natasha Couture, $58 / Earrings, H&M, $3

CASUAL PHOTO SHOOT//

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Although it may seem like Grace only wore lush fabrics and fabulous dresses, she really knew how to relax in denim! A proper fit and clean lines are key to emanating her laid-back look. Dress up your cuffed jeans with a crisp white blouse tied at the waist and shiny patent leather loafers.

White Button-down, Gap, $50 / Jeans, Madewell, $125 / Loafers, Wallis Fashion, $50 / Earrings, Forever 21, $6

GRACE'S LBD //

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A little black dress is as timeless as Grace Kelly's style. You can't go wrong with a universally flattering sheath dress that compliments hourglass, apple, and pear shapes as well as gives curves to those who are more straight lined. Plus, a cap sleeve and sweetheart neckline are über-feminine; all you need is a pair of statement earrings and a chic clutch (super modern in faux fur!). A fun pair of leopard-print heels provides modern flair, and if your everyday winter coat is a little too casual for your glamorous ensemble, try channeling your inner vintage leading lady with a structured cape!

Black Dress, ModCloth, $55 / Shoes, Aldo, $55 / Earrings, Baublebar, $32 / Cape, Mango, $150 / Clutch,  Zara, $40