|Kathy, in her slacks, circa 1942|
I'll admit it myself: This one was far too obvious. Kathy was one of the first glamour girls in Hollywood to show up wearing pants to the studio. Surprisingly enough, she had no intention of being a visionary or changing the rules: The only thing Kate wanted was to be comfortable while being active and athletic as she was her entire life. Always elegant, she favored khakis for more informal occasions and black, high-waisted slacks for evening wear, which helped give her mile-long legs and to elongate even more her already thin, subtly hourglass-shaped figure. Eventually, she even went for the full-body romper.
If you, like me, live in an insanely hot climate, don't be afraid to channel the tennis-playing Kate, who gave us the honor of seeing her legs revealed by high-waisted shorts.
II. What do I pair it with?
|Looking relaxed and lovely, and probably feeling so|
Silly hats aside, Kathy was not one to rock too many accessories. She played it safe and understated, but never boring. If you're channeling a true Kate, make sure your accessories are functional: Old fashioned (cough cough VINTAGE!) sunglasses, to protect your darling eyes from the sun, maybe a nice watch, or the occasional non-silly hat. For a beach day or a very casual occasion, I see nothing wrong with the Jackie O. scarf around the head (as pictured above). All other jewelry, keep it simple: A simple and delicate necklace OR a few plain bracelets OR bigger earrings than the usual studs. But don't clog your outfit trying to rock them all at once. Oh, and before I forget, heels!
IV. Dat volume
Kathy's hair was frizzy and rebelious: Must get it off her face! In an effort to be comfortable, as usual, the first lady of cinema set a trend. Getting the hair off her face in any way she could, she started the trend of messy half-up hairstyles. Sometimes with the little poof on the front, looking very forties, sometimes just pushed to the side, or sometimes with a high sexy bun, it was always up and messy. Here are some examples of Kathy typical hairstyles:
|To achieve this forties look, tease your hair by|
backcombing it to add volume. Then part it around
your ears and bring it all up. Secure with bobby pins.
|The Woman of the Year hairstyle (my favorite), consists|
of a deep side part followed by pinning your hair loosely
to one side. DON'T FORGET TO VOLUMIZE!
V. All made up
Finally, ladies, let's talk makeup. Kate didn't rock a lot of it on her own time. She, as should all of us, favored naturality to flawlessness. Stick to a light coverage foundation, a mascara that focuses on lash length and subtle liquid eyeliner, just to make sure your eyes are accented. Take it from me, girls: Coral lipstick is SO Katharine.
|One of Kate's earliest color pictures|
How about some wearable outfits?
Outfit K - Summer casual day
Outfit A - Formalish in Winter
Outfit T - Night out