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Grace Kelly - the look

Updated on June 26, 2015
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Grace Kelly - who became the Princess of Monaco - was always considered a style icon. And that very look is still beautiful today. What's more, it's easy to achieve because her look is simple and understated, yet undeniably stylish and sophisticated.

It's a timeless look too.It's just as fashionable today as it was in the heyday of her career.That's because she invariably chose fashion classics and traditional jewellery and accessories.

During her days as a film star she portrayed the all-American girl and yet the simplicity and elegance of her own personal style had a strong hint of French or European influences. Perhaps it was this combination that led Prince Rainier of Monaco to fall in love with her and take her as his bride. The world watched as the couple were married in the tiny principality.

See the photographs below to learn more about the fabulous Grace Kelly look.

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As a bride.Scarves are a strong feature in this classic look. Here, her scarf acts as an accessory to a tailored jacket.She often wore belts. This leather belt is typical of the Kelly look.This outfit features gloves and an over sized scarf worn as a shawlThe structured hat and the scarf is typical of the era and her own style.This shows the typical Kelly style with understated pearl necklace and earrings.Understated jewelry and a self-colored belt.Here, she wears a scarf tied at the back.Crisp shirts were a stylish feature of this classic look.
As a bride.
As a bride. | Source
Scarves are a strong feature in this classic look. Here, her scarf acts as an accessory to a tailored jacket.
Scarves are a strong feature in this classic look. Here, her scarf acts as an accessory to a tailored jacket.
She often wore belts. This leather belt is typical of the Kelly look.
She often wore belts. This leather belt is typical of the Kelly look.
This outfit features gloves and an over sized scarf worn as a shawl
This outfit features gloves and an over sized scarf worn as a shawl
The structured hat and the scarf is typical of the era and her own style.
The structured hat and the scarf is typical of the era and her own style.
This shows the typical Kelly style with understated pearl necklace and earrings.
This shows the typical Kelly style with understated pearl necklace and earrings.
Understated jewelry and a self-colored belt.
Understated jewelry and a self-colored belt.
Here, she wears a scarf tied at the back.
Here, she wears a scarf tied at the back.
Crisp shirts were a stylish feature of this classic look.
Crisp shirts were a stylish feature of this classic look.

Monaco

I was just a kid when I first went to Monaco. My dad was a rally driver and had competed in the Monte Carlo Rally. We had our annual vacations in a little seaside port in northern Italy - about two hours drive from Monaco, I was enthralled at the thought of the fairytale princess who lived in the castle there,

Once just an ordinary American girl, then a movie star and now a princess. What a fabulous story.

In some ways it was an inspiration for women allover the world. We knew that Grance wasn't just beautiful but she was also charming and intelligent. Yes, few if any of us had her fabulous looks but we still loved this real life fairy story - from ordinary girl, to movie star to real princess.

Get the look

Below are some classic and sophisticated products to help you achieve the understated, yet glamorous look.

Grace's look was always based on the solid foundation of classic pieces - items that would never date or go out of style.

Necklaces & pearls

Grace Kelly's sophisticated style started with subtle and understated jewelry. You can still get the look today but at a fraction of the price by shopping for bargains online.

Of course, especially when she was the Princess of Monaco she must have had an absolute fortune in jewellery available to her. This would be her own and in addition, valuable family heirlooms. Today, we can fake it.

Earrings

Princess Grace's earrings were a trademark both during her life as the Princess of Monaco and during her movie career.


Hats

These are so incredibly fashionable today. They are up-to-the-minute but also have an elegant, nostalgic style.

Bags

As a Hollywood actor and as the Princess of Monaco she always favored structured, stylish bags in simple designs.

Further reading

This beautiful woman died far too young amid controversy. She had a life in Hollywood, then a completely different life as a royal princess in a tiny Mediterranean principality. She had three children who all stood in line to her husband's throne. She was universally admired in all her roles, either in the movies or in her 'real' world as a princess, wife and mother. Learn more.

Not just for twenty year olds

Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

The Grace Kelly look isn't just for younger women! She was stunning and stylish all her life. See this image that was taken from a video of her last ever interview.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      She was so beautiful, so classy.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @tonyleather: A true princess, that's for sure.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      She was a truly beautiful woman!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @WinWriter: She was totally gorgeous wasn't she?

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      She was stunning, not overly made up - just a classic, natural beauty.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Lady Lorelei: It was such a tragedy. Her beauty lives on in her family though. I think that her granddaughter Charlotte is one of the most beautiful women in the world today.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have long admired Grace Kelly. She was a true lady, regal, and royal, even if she had not been given the title of princess. It broke many hearts when she died so very young.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Oh, I agree so much. Goodness knows what women will be like in the future thanks to some of these 'role models' that young girls have today.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful and elegant lady. I read her autobiography and I was amazed at her grace and leadership. I wish more people would accept her as a role model instead of the horrid celebrities of today.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Aunt-Mollie: I have a feeling that I read that too. It would have probably been difficult though, with her royal duties. Thanks for visiting!

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      I read that she wanted to make movies again later in her life but her husband wouldn't allow it. I wonder if she was in Monaco.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Grace Kelly was truly an elegant woman, would love to look as poised and elegant as her!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @FatLossDiva: Absolutely! So many actresses at that time had a wonderful style.

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      FatLossDiva 5 years ago

      Grace Kelly had beauty, elegance and style. That never goes out of fashion. Audrey Hepburn is another favourite of mine from that era for the same reason.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Katsorourke: Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Katsorourke 5 years ago

      She was and always be an icon fab lens

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Cari Kay 11: Me too - but so beautiful!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Although she was before my time, I love older movies and am just such a fan of hers!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MiaMusement: Thank you so much! I would have loved to see that exhibition too.

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      How cool! I really like the way you style your lenses. I would've loved to see the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibit that ran at London's Victoria & Albert Museum back in 2010.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Tennyhawk: Oh, I love that film!

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      Tennyhawk 5 years ago

      The film I saw her in was Rear Window. She did an incredible job. I can see why she became such an icon.

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      Good design never goes out of style! These all prove that point. Great lens!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      What a great story and great design and style!

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      Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      a stylish lens for a stylish lady!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      She was so lovely I think a lot of women would love to emulate her looks!!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      She was such a classt lady. How sad she died so young.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @WriterJanis2: I hear that there is a film being made that wrongly destroys her reputation. Such a shame,

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful woman.

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      i Dia1 5 years ago

      I love those styles from the fifties. Grace Kelly is a classic natural beauty.

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      Classical beauty...

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      You can see why she became a princess in Monaco, beautiful lady.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Classic! :)

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Stunningly beautiful.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Very much so! Thank you for your comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A truly beautiful lady.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Me too - a great beauty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      She is stunning, love Grace Kelly.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you. She was a true beauty, that's for sure.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I love Grace... I loved her and the gown in "To Catch A Thief". Wonderful lens.

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