On Her Birthday-A Tribute to Doris Day’s Chic Ladylike Style

Today is the lovely film icon Doris Day’s birthday. So I thought it was a good time to do a tribute to her fabulously chic  ladylike style.

I’ve always loved watching  her movies.  From her romantic comedies, like Pillow Talk to her more dramatic roles such as The Man Who Knew Too Much and Love Me or Leave Me,  Doris has always brought a special presence to the screen. Her sparkling blue eyes, beautiful blonde hair and sunny smile will always brighten my day!

Beside enjoying her acting and singing,  her stylish wardrobe has always been a sight to behold.  She has excelled at pulling off that perfect combination of wholesomeness, femininity and sex appeal.

This quote by her found on the very entertaining Heck Yeah Doris Day Tumblr blog says it best in regards to her outlook on appearance.

Sex is not a low-cut dress, no girdle look. You don’t have to wiggle on screen to be sexy. Nobody really knows what men like. I get fan mail from men who find me very sexy and I don’t wear low-cut clothes. That does not epitomize sex to me. It’s an inner quality. Sex has to come from within. It’s not what someone is wearing or how much she’s exposing.”

I think it’s great fashion advice that certainly still applies today!

It was hard to narrow it down, she has worn so many lovely things. But here are some of my favorites. Hope they inspire you to add a little Doris Day style to your wardrobe!

Doris Day in belted dress.

Belted shirtwaist dress with contrast cuffs and collar. Looks great with those cute Mary Jane style pumps with little bows!

Windowpane check suit.

Chic windowpane check dress suit smartly paired with black gloves, belt and neck scarf.          
White gown worn in Midnight Lace- Irene Lentz costume designer
White bugle bead encrusted evening gown worn in Midnight Lace designed by Irene Lentz. This is also the same dress Doris wore to the Academy Awards for her nomination for best actress in Pillow Talk.
Suit worn in The Man Who Knew Too Much-Edith Head costume designer
Chic tailored  suit worn in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Edith Head design.
Green floral dress worn in The Man Who Knew Too Much

Green floral dress worn in The Man Who Knew Too Much(1956). Edith Head costume designer.

Green silk coat and dress ensemble-Pillow Talk- Jean Louis Designer
Green satin coat and dress ensemble worn in Pillow Talk (1959). Designed by Jean Louis.
Double breasted dress with collar worn while singing I Speak To the Stars
Double breasted full skirt dress with portrait collar. Worn here while singing "I Speak to the Stars" from Lucky Me (1954). Moss Mabry, costume designer.
Black suit worn in Midnight Lace-Irene Lentz design
Gorgeous black belted coat ensemble worn in Midnight Lace (1960). Love the brooch accent and long leather gloves! Irene Lentz design.
Sexy black cigarette pants with black lace top worn in Midnight Lace-Irene Lentz design

Sexy black cigarette pants with lace top. Worn in Midnight Lace (1960). Irene Lentz design.

Shimmery 1940s halter neck gown

Doris looking vampish in fabulous 40s halter neck gown.

Images sourced from Heck Yeah Doris Day blog and IMBD.

Have a glamorous day!



By | 2015-04-03T10:33:16-04:00 March 30th, 2015|Celebrities, Fashion|Comments Off on On Her Birthday-A Tribute to Doris Day’s Chic Ladylike Style

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.