Lauren Bacall isn’t your typical fashion icon. You won’t see posters of her on bedroom walls, and she isn't featured on fashionable T-shirts at Target. The Film Noir actress carried a seriousness about her; a mere glance from her deep and brooding eyes told the world that she was not the cute or bubbly movie star. But she was an incredible actress, and when it came to fashion, Bacall knew her stuff.
Throughout her career, Bacall stuck to a distinct style of broad shoulders, structured silhouettes, and fluid drapery from long gowns and midi skirts to wide-legged trousers and silky blouses. Before her passing last year, Bacall donated 700 pieces to New York City's Museum at FIT for an exhibit that opened this week. Showcasing pieces worn throughout her life and career, "Lauren Bacall: The Look" captures the essence of this fashion icon—as New York mag said, she was truly a clotheshorse for the ages.
In a world that tends to celebrate Marilyn and Audrey more than any other style icons, we're over the moon to feature Bacall's classic and sleek minimalistic style. Which look is your favorite?
Lauren Bacall, like Kathryn Hepburn, was known for her bold menswear-inspired trousers and simple collared tops. How ahead of the time she was! High-waisted, wide-legged pants are on the scene for 2015, and this retro look from ModCloth is a daring statement. Pair with a silky blouse in a monochromatic color or print and slide on chunky wedges for height (a key to pulling off a wide-leg pant!).
Bacall started her career as a teen model and made her breakthrough co-starring with Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not. Her striking midi skirt outfit in Key Largo (shown above) is a gorgeous office look for today. Add a crisp white button-down, black belt to cinch the waist, and modern booties to keep the outfit modern.
This red stunner proves Bacall was a screen siren. We love the high neck and broad shoulders. And with spring and summer around the corner, you can pair nude wedges and a bright floral clutch with this dead ringer from ModCloth!