13 Old Hollywood Costumes That Simply Scream Glamour

When you think of Old Hollywood, what's the first thing that comes to mind? If the image of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn popped into your head, alongside pearls and diamonds, well, you're on the right track. The women of Old Hollywood were glamour personified, and they're the perfect Halloween costume inspiration if you want to achieve that same sophistication.

However, your options don't only have to be between Marilyn and Audrey. No—the Old Hollywood costumes we've rounded up ahead will broaden your options. Sure, Audrey may appear twice, but from Grace Kelly to Josephine Baker to Elizabeth Taylor, there's a whole bunch of style icons to inspire you.

Marylin Monroe in The Seven Year Itch


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The type of glamour that constantly blows you away.

Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday


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Halloween is the perfect night to act like the undercover princess you are.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face


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We bet you won't have to spend a dime on this costume since it's very likely you have all the necessary items in your closet already. 

Josephine Baker


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Honor the queen of the Jazz Age by wearing a dazzling satin dress and your best dangling earrings. 

Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones


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Bring out Carmen's signature hoops and you'll exude the same confidence that Dorothy portrayed in the film.

Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca


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There's no more iconic trench coat in cinematic history.

Lola Falana


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Whether she was dancing, acting, or singing, Falana wowed us all with her stunning looks. Think a whole lot of sequins for your costume.

Grace Kelly


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Grace Kelly was the definition of cool and collected.

Ruby Dee


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The actress, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and activist will be a great Halloween costume with glamour and guts.

Elizabeth Taylor


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Since seemingly everybody will give Taylor's renowned Cleopatra look a try, toss on your best vintage-inspired dress instead and all the diamond(-looking) jewelry you can find.

Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story


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Here's another costume you can easily pull off with the items in your closet. Style together your flared white trousers and a black button-down shirt and you're already a sophisticated film star.

Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice


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Before you tuck your summer crop tops and high-waisted shorts away, give them one last go by channeling Lana Turner in this Old Hollywood film.

Anna May Wong


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Anna May Wong was considered to be the first Chinese American movie star, and her beautiful, classically Chinese style can provide inspiration for a stunning costume today. 

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This was originally posted at an earlier date and later updated by Aleksija Vujicic.