Being an It Girl is not what it used to be. These days we’re stuck with heiresses and socialites who may be able to afford fabulous clothes, but they don’t necessarily look fabulous wearing them.
The term It Girl was coined by Elinor Glyn, a romance novelist, after seeing the 1927 silent movie “It” which starred the beautiful Clara Bow.
Glyn described “It” as “that quality possessed by some which draws all others with its magnetic force” and I can totally see how Clara Bow exudes this quality from every pore.
This, as a fashion icon, makes her very hard to emulate as it wasn’t what she wore but rather the way in which she wore it which made her utterly stunning. Still, I think it’s possible (and, personal opinion, imperative!) to take some inspiration from her style.
Clara Bow managed to pull off different fashions of dressing, from androgynous shirts and braces, to pure
Furthermore, with nowadays floozy It Girls all succumbing to the Size Zero trend (not to mention awful fake tans, fake hair, fake breasts etc.), Clara Bow showed how curves are most definitely more sexy and should always being in vogue.
Pretty much Clara Bow is my idol, and that’s why I figured she would be my perfect opening post. Her life story is heart-breaking; totally unwanted by her mother, abused by her father and ultimately dying earlier than she should have done, and yet on an entirely shallow and superficial level she was perfect.