6 ways to channel Doris Day
This week’s trip down memory lane is inspired by novelist Fiona Harper, and her new book The Doris Day Vintage Film Club. The story follows Claire Bixby, who grew up watching Doris Day films at her Grandma’s house and yearned to live in a world just like the one on screen… until she has to re-think what Doris taught her about love.
Here’s 6 of Doris’ most memorable style moments
A wiggle dress
Doris is the queen of the stylish day dress, always tailored, often teamed with a short matching jacket or accessories like a jaunty colourful hat or gloves, as seen here in Pillow Talk.
A cute cardigan
In Young at Heart, Doris embodied the perfect girl next door, even winning the love of melancholy musician Barney, played by Frank Sinatra. If you want a bit of Doris’s ‘wholesome as apple pie’ vibe, you’ll need a round-necked cardigan with a little embellishment
Pedal pushers and a checked blouse
Doris, although known for her amazing fashion sense, wasn’t really one for dressing up away from the cameras. She liked to stay relaxed and casual and was a self-admitted tomboy. If you want to rock the Doris casual look, you’ll need some dark denim pedal pushers, canvas shoes and a gingham blouse knotted at the front, à la It Happened to Jane.
A full-skirted dress
A classic 50s-style full skirted dress with a demure top is a must have. If you can find it in white or ice-cream colours, so much the better!
An amazing evening gown
Doris’s evening gowns were legendary – stylish and sophisticated and, yes, sexy, but often in an unexpected or understated way. Just take these examples from Pillow Talk, which was demure in the front and cut low in the back, and The Thrill of It All.
Pyjamas and negligees
Just the top half of a pair of traditional pyjamas, just like in The Pyjama Game – or if you want a more slinky look, try a filmy nightdress with matching negligee.
Plus, we’ve five copies of this lovely new book up for grabs – enter by 25 May for your chance of winning!
“The Golden Age of Hollywood was a period of classical movie style and timeless glamour,” says Fiona. “The storylines, visual effects and international locations had finally advanced from the days of the silent movies, but what really captured our imaginations were the leading actors and actresses behind them – especially Doris Day, who became an icon for her charm – and her amazing clothes.”