Scarlett Johansson’s Style: Channeling Old Hollywood Glamour


Scarlett Johansson is having a banner month, and it’s barely started! Within the first few days of May, the 27-year-old actress was awarded a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. Then a few days later, her new blockbuster, The Avengers, shattered records with its $200.3 million opening weekend – the biggest in box office history. While her contributions to the film industry are strong, I’d like to recognize her sensational sartorial sense. Often a blend of vintage pin-up and old Hollywood glamour, this A-lister never fails to impress with her perfect pout, flawless figure and sophisticated up-dos.


Often ranked as one of the sexiest women in the world, ScarJo knows how to accentuate her assets without looking trashy. Feminine details, like lace and flowers, are common elements in her attire. In fact, she’s even capable of wearing them together without rivaling your grandmother’s tablecloth. For example, at the London premiere of The Avengers, she selected a black and red Prada dress adorned with rose appliques. The color palette brought to mind her character, Black Widow, while the peplum detail offset the dueling embellishments on the bodice and skirt. Rich red patent peep toe pumps from Christian Louboutin provided the perfect finishing touch. The floral lace frock by Dolce & Gabbana that she wore to last year’s Academy Awards was a graceful choice. It hugged her curves in all the right places, while the short train offered an old-fashioned feel. Her affair with garden-influenced garments continued at the 2011 Golden Globes. She walked the red carpet in a sparkling nude-hued Elie Saab gown with butterfly sleeves. But it was the emerald Dolce & Gabbana dress displayed at the MTV Movie Awards that really got things started. The sweetheart neckline mimicked the sheath’s ladylike material, while the thin black belt emphasized her svelte physique. I especially love that she kept the colors consistent – just green and black – and wore minimal jewelry. A true study in less is more.


While girly ruffles are hardly new, this starlet manages to find fresh ways to wear them. She donned a black-and-white Valentino mini at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards last summer. The asymmetrical frill added some flair to an otherwise traditional LBD. Skin-tone Jimmy Choos elongated her legs and streamlined her shape. She mixed modern with mature at the Iron Man 2 premiere in Hollywood. Her sculpted Armani Prive dress foreshadowed this season’s hottest detail: the peplum ruffle. Plus, the one-shoulder feature enhanced the dress’s overall futuristic feel. But no red carpet look is complete without a little shine. She incorporated the must-have eye-catcher with understated glittering accessories.


But what truly sets Johansson apart from her peers on the scarlet strip is her ability to bump up the basics. Even when she opts for classic black, the dress has a distinct detail. And often that detail is an unexpected neckline. The raised neckline of the Versace dress she wore to the Los Angeles premiere of The Avengers took strapless to a whole new level. It may have kept her cleavage covered, but make no mistake; this sheath was still super sexy. The peplum detail was on-trend, and the knee-length pencil skirt was equally chic. Strappy Giuseppe Zanotti sandals showed off just the right amount of skin. She accepted the International Actress Award at the Golden Camera Awards in Berlin wearing a form-fitting floor-length Calvin Klein Collection gown. The ebony hue was effortlessly elegant, while the plunging neckline’s cutouts complemented the athletic aesthetic of the dress’s silky stripes. This silhouette was similar to that of an Elie Saab gown she wore to the Tony Awards two years ago. She glistened from head to toe in that ground-grazer with a scoop neck interrupted by a V-neck detail. She went retro at the NYC premiere of We Bought A Zoo. The Dolce & Gabbana look boasted a sweetheart neckline on a cropped bustier top. The high-waisted knee-length skirt revealed just a smidge of skin, and her ’40s-inspired up-do kept her hair off her shoulders and the focus on her decolletage.

What do you think about ScarJo’s old Hollywood glamour garb? Should she continue to emulate icons of the past or create her own of-the-moment style?

About Jillian Dauer
Jillian began her career in writing as a journalist. She’s covered a variety of topics from trials and tradeshows to produce and local businesses before landing herself in the fashion industry. She spent two years as Associate Editor at WSAToday, a trade magazine for footwear and accessories buyers, where she focused on women’s shoe brands and luxury handbags and jewelry. Currently she manages the content of JustFabulous The Blog, as well as generates copy for the brand site.

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