I can think of fewer things more fabulous than Kay Francis' style in Stolen Holiday, a 1937 film in which her character assists a confidence trickster in swindling wealthy investors. Elegant hair scarves, flowing silk gowns, and stacks of pearl bracelets make me sigh with the deepest admiration. Seriously, I wish I could dress this way on a daily basis.
Image: Warner Archive
I love everything about this outfit, from the hair scarf to the pearl bracelets, from the glass of champagne to the plunging neckline.
This look is all about elegance. Coordinate your jewelry (check out her earrings, necklace, ring, and bracelets), keep everything monochromatic, and pop that bubbly, baby!
Don't forget to define your brows and pop some red, burgundy, or berry stain on your pout.
I love this dress. Just check out that neckline. Shiny (is that silver or gold?) horizontal stripes make this a bold look. Accentuate your neck and collarbone area with an ornate necklace, gather your hair into an updo, and strike a haughty, imperious pose.
Any dress with a similar cut would go far in emulating this look, and you could emphasize your waist with a cunning belt.
Brows, lips: done.
This simple, yet no less amazing, look revolves around a knockout dress. I couldn't find a better shot of this little number, but I absolutely love how it evokes the grandeur of a Greek goddess.
Off the shoulder, with a luxurious swath of fabric creating somewhat of a "cape" effect, the dress is beyond gorgeous. You can see that Kay's jewelry is kept to a minimum, and her hair is artfully yet simply drawn back from her face.
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