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Ingrid Bergman Movie style icon

January 24, 2015

Ingrid Bergman’s spirit and independence was as notorious as the title of her famous Hitchcock movie. She was woman who followed her own path and dressed to please herself. As she once famously said “Be yourself. The world worships the original.” And Ingrid Bergman was definitely that, a true original.

Ingrid Bergman-Strong and independent

Bergman was as stubborn and independent in her personal life too and left her husband for the Italian director Roberto Rossellini after falling pregnant, which for the time was considered shocking.

She was born in Stockholm in 1915 and made her first film in 1935, of course the one film that she will always remain famous for is “Casablanca” and she would go on to appear in more than 50 films, wining her first Oscar at the age of 25.

She spoke 5 languages and with her expressive blue eyes and high cheekbones had a fierce intelligence that shone through every performance. She famously refused to have her teeth crowned or her eyebrows plucked, but it made little difference to her beauty.

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman

Smart, androgynous yet feminine

Her hair would be carefully waved and her full lips made up immaculately, with less emphasis on eye make-up and careful attention drawn to her cheekbones.

Ingrid Bergman in ,casablanca 1942 With Humphrey Bogart

Ingrid Bergman in ,casablanca 1942 With Humphrey Bogart

 

Her look matched her personality with a smart, androgynous look that captivated as well as giving off an element of mystery at the same time. Her look was made up of separates with sharp lines and muted colours. A neat buttoned down blouse would be matched with a pair of wide leg pants or knee-length pencil skirts. Tailored suits would be finished off with a brimmed hat, a trench coat and scarf. Cashmere sweaters were finished off with a statement necklace that gave an elegant and sophisticated look.

Ingrid Bergman ,casablanca 1942

Ingrid Bergman ,Casablanca 1942

 

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.”

Although Bergman said she was shy, she certainly gave a sophisticated, fiercely intelligent exterior to the world.

Ingrid Bergman ,dr Jekyll mr Hyde 1941

Ingrid Bergman ,dr Jekyll mr Hyde 1941

Dress like Bergman and create a sophisticated 1940s look

Bergman’s look is one of the best of the 1940s, exuding a style and class with a certain air of masculinity that never compromised her femininity. Even when she played roles that demanded a certain vulnerability, Bergman could be both strong and vulnerable without ever appearing weak.

Ingrid Bergman in notorious 1946

Ingrid Bergman in notorious 1946

You can emulate the look

Ingrid Bergman’s look isn’t that difficult to copy. Like most icons of style, her look is always fresh and as modern as it was then. A sophisticated white blouse with a good cut, matched by a good quality pair of black pants and matched with a trench coat is easy to do.

You can finish off with sheer scarf and necklace. A cashmere soft sweater worn with a knee-length black pencil skirt with a pair of classy pumps and a moderate heel, can do wonders for your silhouette. You can always finish off with a boxy jacket with shoulders and a scarf or necklace. Your hair can be modern, as long as it’s immaculate and perfectly groomed. You can also wear a brimmed hat to finish things off, and if you lack the confidence to wear a hat, you just need the heart of a lion – think Bergman.

 

 

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