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How to Get The Perfect Marilyn Monroe Look

Updated on September 17, 2013
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Marilyn Monroe Costumes, Accessories, and Makeup Tips

You don't want to wear just any costume this year. This year, you want a knock 'em dead. You want a sexy costume, but sexy with style. A Marilyn Monroe costume is perfect. You can adapt it to your needs and choose the right Marilyn look for you.

Marilyn had so many iconic looks that you have choices when putting together a costume. What look stands out to you? The white halter dress of The Seven Year Itch? Or is it the bold pink dress she wore when she sang Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend? Put together a hot costume that you can have fun with (and in).

The Seven Year Itch

This look has to be the most familiar and recognizable to the general public. This image has been used everywhere and reproduced on many products. This look is affordable as many costume versions of the dress are produced, and simple as only the dress, a wig, and a pair of white high heels are needed.

Shoes for the Seven Year Itch Look

Michael Antonio Women's Keme Open-Toe Pump,White,9 M US
Michael Antonio Women's Keme Open-Toe Pump,White,9 M US
If you are going for the Seven Year Itch Marilyn Monroe look, with the white halter dress, these shoes are similar to the ones she wore. The shoes you chose MUST be high heels - that completes the look.
 

Marilyn Monroe Wigs

The hair is one of the most important elements of a great Marilyn Monroe costume. Decide how yellow or how white you want your wig to be, and choose the greatest looking wig for your budget.

This look requires an attitude. To pull this off you must not just think you are the most sexy woman in the room, you must know it, and you must own it!

This look is also a great opportunity to make a modern interpretation of a Marilyn Monroe look. With the wig and makeup right, even this modern sexy outfit will evoke this image of Marilyn Monroe without question.

Getting the Marilyn Monroe Look - Step By Step Make-Up Tutorials

Making Faces

Follow the instructions in this book for the "Bombshell" to get a great Marilyn Monroe style face.

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Don't forget to pick up the perfect accessories. The Marilyn Costume Jewelry Set is an officially licensed Marilyn Monroe product. The set includes a rhinestone 19" long necklace and matching 1" long earrings. Accessories are the best way to complete the look and polish off your costume.

Marilyn Monroe Rhinestone Jewelry Set

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend is a song Marilyn Monroe sang in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This is certainly a classic! That dress, with its oversized bow in the back is immediately recognizable. The key to this costume is obviously the accessories. The diamonds are a must, and the long gloves make you stand out from the crowd.

Marilyn Monroe sings "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"

Choker & Bracelet

Diamonds! Diamonds! Diamonds!

As far as this costume goes, the more diamonds, the better. This choker and bracelet have many rhinestones that help drive that point home...diamonds are a girl's best friend!

Shoes for the Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend Look

Pleaser Women's Enchant-46 Ankle Strap Sandal,Silver Metallic PU,7 M US
Pleaser Women's Enchant-46 Ankle Strap Sandal,Silver Metallic PU,7 M US
If you are going for the Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend Marilyn Monroe look, then of course you will want to add some bling to the shoes too.
 

A couple can use a Marilyn Monroe costume in a few different ways. With Marilyn can be Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, John F Kennedy, or Elvis (no, they weren't a couple, but Elvis and Marilyn Monroe both reached similar iconic places in history).

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Joe DiMaggio is a great simple costume that goes very well with a Marilyn Monroe costume. Couple costumes are often very obvious - seeing just one half of the couple doesn't make sense, but as Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe both of your costumes make sense even if you are not standing directly next to each other.

Pair this mask with any dark suit and you have yourself a great John F. Kennedy Costume.

This costume makes a great one for a formal costume party. Loose the black sash on this dress and you will have a great likeness to the one Marilyn is wearing in this famous shot. The long white gloves complete the outfit and the look.

Casual Marilyn Monroe

The thing about Marilyn Monroe: even when she was dressed casually, she was dressed great.

Other Dress Options

If you have the hair, makeup, and attitude right, then any 50s dress will do just fine to look the part:

Other Dress Options

If you have the hair, makeup, and attitude right, then any 50s dress will do just fine to look the part:

Marilyn Monroe was a curvy chick. The curvy styles she wore are flattering on all sizes. Don't shy away from going as Marilyn just because you've got a lot to love. Work it, girl!

Any ideas or comments on putting together a great Marilyn Monroe costume? Let us know what you think...

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