Retro Fashion with Timeless Glamour
Now playing: body-conscious clothes that are sensual but never over-the-top. Actress Viola Davis channels Marilyn Monroe.
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"In my day, people dressed," sultry show-business legend Eartha Kitt once said. "You left your tracksuits at home." Kitt, who died last year after a six-decade career, always looked unbelievably soigné. Davis evokes her signature sophistication in a well-priced, beautifully tailored suit (Talbots jacket, $189, and skirt, $109), smartly accessorized with a chiffon scarf (Vera), faux-diamond brooch (R.J. Graziano), and long leather gloves (LaCrasia Gloves). The bamboo-handled embossed croc bag (Elaine Turner) signals the return of structured pocketbooks. And in a switch from typically '60s shades, these modified cat's-eye sunglasses (Proenza Schouler) have upturned corners that give the face a nice lift.