Cinema Style: The Thin Man

Friday, December 27, 2013

Comedy and murder? No one was quite sure if it would work, but The Thin Man (full review here) carried it off with style- quite literally. With The Thin Man as only the second pairing out of nine of William Powell and Myrna Loy (six of these nine would be for Thin Man sequels) these two would be towed as King and Queen of Hollywood for much of the 1930s.  Their characters Nick and Nora wined and dined their way to solving murders, all while leading a glamorous life filled with drinks and nightclubs.

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Shirt | Cardigan | Skirt | Coat | Shoes (Similar Here) | Hat

Many thirties looks were more tailored suits; here Nora Charles (and you!) can get that same tailored look another way- with colorful separates. Though this era did not have true pencil skirts, straight, knee-length skirts were popular. This green plaid one adds a touch of whimsy, while the cardigan makes a slightly softer impression than a suit jacket would. Add a hat and era-appropriate shoes to pull the look together. The final touches? Nora never went anywhere without her fur coat or the Charles' trusty companion, Fox Terrier Asta! Today, whether you are looking for vintage fur or faux fur, your best bet is Etsy. As for the puppy- well, whether you looking for a dog of your own or just want to look at cute pictures, why not stop by the Midwest Wire Haired Fox Terrier Rescue site?

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The Thin Man was all about glamorous escapism to Depression-era audiences. So the film's wardrobe department was replete with evening gowns- and therefore is perfect inspiration for your own upcoming New Year's Eve look. This detective duo typically had their denouement while at a dinner party for extra drama, and Nora wears a black, bias-cut gown to this climatic scene. She might also throw on her new fur (Nick's Christmas gift to her in the film, a present that is prominently featured), and shoes for dancing at a club after the murderer is revealed. She and her husband pretty much drink their way through the film and several sequels too, until the Hayes Code puts an end to their fun. Translated into modern-day, Nora- and you!- would look styling for New Year's with a martini (no one has to know whether it is a virgin drink or not) in one hand and this tongue-in-cheek phone case in the other!

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Evening Gown | Coat | Shoes | ClutchPhone Case | Glass

13 comments

  1. That coat is fantastic! Great pieces, Kristian.

    Love, Amy

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  2. Nice! This makes me want to watch the Thin Man again.

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  3. I don't think I've ever seen this movie but now I really want to! I love both of these looks but especially the first one- that hat!!

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    1. You really should watch! It is fun but definitely a lot of plot twists.

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  4. I love the outfits you put together. I'm especially eying those silver heels... Adorable!

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    1. They are SO cute and specifically designed for dancing... which might be why they have a higher price tag...

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  5. Color me intrigued with this movie, it sounds really fun! And I LOVE that green hat you picked for the first outfit. If I could have a shelf filled with those I'd be a happy lady :)

    xo marlen
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    1. I think you'd like it- it definitely has a very twisty-turny plot as befits a mystery, I suppose, but still a fun film.

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  6. My #1 FAVORITE Christmas movie!! Absolutely love this entire series! Nick and Nora are my favorite onscreen couple, though Hepburn and Tracey are a close second.

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    1. I love Hepburn and Tracy as well, but Loy and Powell are so much FUN that they are hard to beat :D

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