Beret + Revolver = Crime Babe Fashion
Food & Fun & Drink | 23 January 2011

Beret + Revolver = Crime Babe Fashion

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Wow, Faye was super hot in Bonnie and Clyde. I FINALLY just saw the ’67 classic film with Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway. I feel a little ashamed that I hadn’t already seen it. But better late than never, eh? As I was watching the film I couldn’t help but be inspired by the fashion, especially since Spring is around the corner! (I’m in denial here, it’s a long way off and tomorrow’s high is 24°!)

I’m not super skinny, blonde or pouty. But if I was, I think Dunaway’s take on crime “babe” Bonnie Parker would be my go-to fashion icon. I’m never one for Spring fashion’s typical nautical stripes or safari prints, so I was curious to see if there were some interesting pieces out there that might reference this style icon. Take a look at what I found –

Trench coats are timeless! Bonnie’s trench is particularly fun with the grid print. I found the white and navy trench above with great detailing. I’ve also decided that if Bonnie Parker was lookin’ good and robbin’ banks today, she’d trade her mid-calf skirts for some super-tight, skinny jeans.

The mix of hard and soft is perfect for creating a Bonnie-esque look. A feminine top (like the one above) paired with slick, shiny navy Jimmy Choo heels?! Love it.

The beret is clearly Bonnie’s signature piece – this accessory might be more prominent than her Smith & Wesson! Is a beret too much? I was surprisingly drawn to the slouchy beret below! It could go crunchy-granola really quick, but not if mixed with more structural, simple pieces. When in doubt, the fedora seems like a forever GO-TO.

My Bonnie color palette: navy, cream, beige navy, cream, black with a POP of coral. The coral gloves above make me swoon!

Metallic details: flats with a bold buckle and cross-body bags (for on-the-go bank robbing) in blue or maybe a bright red?

And some more options in beige and black. The cut of the belted sweater is enhanced by the varying width and direction of the stripes – a great alternative to the typical nautical-inspired look. The black cardigan with its ribbon and ring detailing adds the structure of a jacket without any bulkiness. Take a look at all of these great items yourself! I hope you enjoyed my slight detour into fashion-blogging. And if you haven’t seen Bonnie & Clyde, get on that immediately!

In order from the top:
1. Milly Piped Stretch Twill Trench
2. Citizens of Humanity ‘Slick’ Skinny Stretch Denim Leggings
3. Jimmy Choo ‘Gilbert’ Pump
4. Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Belted Jacket
5. Banana Republic Silk Necklace Tee
6. Tarnish Ribbed Slouchy Beret
7. Banana Republic Super Skinny Leather Belt
8. Nordstrom Two Tone Straw Fedora
9. Milly ‘Mariner’ Sweater
10. Banana Republic Two-Tone Leather Gloves
11. M Missoni Space Dye Tunic
12. Eileen Fisher Applique Trim Tee
13. Attilio Giusti Leombruni Square Toe Skimmer
14. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Totally Turnlock-Percy’ Crossbody Bag
15. Michael – Michael Kors ‘Charlton’ Crossbody Bag
16. 3.1 Phillip Lim Belted Stripe Sweater
17. Nanette Lepore ‘Cousine’ Cardigan
18. St. John Collection Fine Gauge Santana Knit Sweater

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