Jean Harlow-How To Get Her 30s Hollywood Bombshell Look

Since  Jean Harlow’s birthday just passed by (March 3rd)  I thought I’d do a post on her iconic 1930s style and how you can put together a similar look for a vintage themed wedding.   Known as the  “Blond Bombshell” , this sex symbol of the silver screen was known for her  slinky,  curve hugging bias cut gowns designed by famous costumer, Adrian.  She claimed to not wear undergarments, so as not to ruin the lines of the dresses.  You know there were no Spanx back then!   She personified classic glamour, and her distinctive style still influences fashion till this day.

These are some great quotes I found from a  Jean Harlow interview in a 1933 Modern Screen Magazine.   Reading this article , you also get some serious  insight into her fashion sense.

“I’d rather have a few dresses of very fine material, than a whole closetful of fussy cheap looking things.”

“You have to have faith in your clothes, just as you have to have faith in yourself, to be successful in dressing.”

Coming from a very young woman, that is some pretty sage advice about  personal style!

Below are some photos to inspire you.  Jean very rarely wore colors, preferring white or black. But silver or champagne could work for you just as well for capturing her look.   Furs, sparkly jewels, T strap or Mary Jane pumps and  opera length gloves are the perfect finishing touches!

Thin eyebrows and red cupid bow lips.

Notice the satin, bias cut and draping.

Here is a collage I put together with pieces you can purchase from our website  that will give you that glamorous Harlow look!

channel your inner Jean Harlow

Channel your inner Jean Harlow

Ivory satin draped back gown

White opera length gloves

Deco rhinestone cuff bracelet

Silver sequined T strap heels

Faux sheared beaver jacket

Thanks for visiting!

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By | 2016-05-25T19:36:36-04:00 March 4th, 2013|Celebrities, Fashion|2 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


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    Theresa March 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks, Maegen! Love everything “Old Hollywood” myself! There are so many good vintage themed blogs out there, it’s hard to list. But I would start by checking out the website. There is a plethora of info there, they have a blog, and links to many of their members blogs and sites. They’re all very knowledgeable people!

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    maegen March 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I think your web site is fabulous. I am completely useless when it comes to computers so it is refreshing for me to visit an awesome site such as yours. I have a hobby of collecting vintage makeup compacts and ect. ( I seem to be fascinated with the old Hollywood.) Thanks for your site, it is now in my favourites. Is there any that you would recommend? You seem to know your stuff.

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