classic summer style inspired by old hollywood

The other day, I was talking about why I couldn’t get into the book “Daisy Jones and The Six” even though I had heard so many good things about it from people whose opinions I respect and I absolutely adored the authors previous novel, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”.

I said something along the lines that (aside from Almost Famous and a little Bianca Jagger), my historical interests just don’t really have anything to do with 60s/70s rock stars, but rather Old Hollywood glamour. That certainly explains why I loved Evelyn Hugo and couldn’t get down with Daisy Jones.

No matter the time of year, I look to my icons - Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jackie Kennedy - for style inspiration, but it’s especially true in the summer, when I pepper in some inspiration from French darlings like Jane Birkin, Romy Schneider and Brigitte Bardot.

With it being so damn hot in the South during summer, I’m often so tempted to just wear Nike running shorts everywhere but I like trying to, at the very least, incorporate one or two elements that make me feel a little Old Hollywood, even if it’s just a pair of oversized sunglasses.

Some pieces that jump to mind when I think of Old Hollywood summer style are white poplin bustier blouses paired with gingham cigarette pants or a pair of crisp sailor shorts with a simple mock neck tee and printed slingbacks.

A really easy choice is a collared wrap dress like this one from Gal Meets Glam that screams classic summer style or a chic little halter romper in all-white that would look just right on a yacht in the Mediterranean or the cover of a Slim Aarons photo book.

A classic look that’s easy to pull together, inspired by Jackie Kennedy is a silky black button-down blouse paired with a lightweight linen, button-front skirt and gorgeous leather sandals.

As for accessories, the sunglasses are the biggest thing but you can also try a straw boater, a statement headband to dress up a simple outfit, a vintage silk scarf to wear on your head or tied around the handle of your bag, and of course, a structured basket bag.