10 Style Icons of the ’30s and ’40s

Fashion is
ever-changing and ever-evolving but most people will agree that each
decade has its own distinct fashion trends that go down in history as
absolutely legendary and instantly recognizable. In some cases, there
are even elements that remain relevant for years to come and never go
out of style. Today we thought we’d pay attention to 10 style icons
of the 30s and 40s, who’s fashion sense we absolutely adore and
who’s dresses we found to be most memorable over the years.

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo was a
very popular, talented and incredibly gorgeous actress that was known
for her beauty and a sense of mystery around her. She also got to
wear quite a lot of beautiful dresses in films. We especially love
these two from “Romance” and “Mata Hari”.

Greta Garbo | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Joan Blondell

Joan Blondell
started her career by winning a beauty pageant and then pursued
cinema. Her movie career spanned over 40 years and in that time she
got to enjoy quite a few styles and fashion changes but let’s take
a look at two of the dresses she wore in the 30s that we thought were
particularly fetching.

Joan Blondell | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene is basically
known as the glam symbol of the 30s, but she was never afraid to
experiment with style. As you can see she could look equally stylish
in the most feminine dress and in a men’s suit.

Marlene Dietrich | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Barbara Hutton

Barbara Hutton is
quite a controversial figure. She was a very wealthy lady, a
philanthropist, a socialite, an heiress. She also had an impeccable
sense of style as you can see from her outfits below.

Barbara Hutton | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow was a
popular actress who usually played the role of the blonde bombshell
in Hollywood. You can see why though, she was incredibly pretty and
her fashion largely reflected that style of a very sensual and sexy


Jean Harlow | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Vivien Leigh

You all know Vivien
Leigh from her role of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind.
That movie has so many incredible dresses it was hard to pick just a
few but we thought these two were the most contrasting and the most
memorable ones.

Vivien Leigh | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Bette Davis

Bette Davis was
known for her beauty and talent. People couldn’t get enough of her
big beautiful eyes. She was also a very stylish woman and as you can
see she liked to switch up her styles when she was working and when
she was just being herself.

Bette Davis | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Joan Crawford

We absolutely love
Joan Crawford’s curls and padded shoulders. It’s not an easy look
to pull off but we’re pretty sure she single-handedly made that
padded look a trend that all women wanted to follow.

Joan Crawford | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Ingrid Bergman

You can’t talk
about Ingrid Bergman and not mention Casablanca. She was stunning in
it and we adore how every outfit she wore in that movie was
simultaneously effortless and absolutely chic. It’s such a stylish
movie, you should watch it if you haven’t.

Ingrid Bergman | 10 Style Icons of the '30s and '40s | Her Beauty

Katharine Hepburn

When people hear the last name, Hepburn, most will think of Audrey. But Katharine Hepburn was a style icon in her own right and a very talented actress. We love that she could rock any style and look natural and like she belonged no matter what she’s wearing.

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