Style Icon: Dorothy Dandridge

This post is part of a series as The Budget Fashionista and its sister site Mighty Beauty pay tribute and celebrate Black History Month this February.

When we think of Black Hollywood of old, Dorothy Dandridge stands out as one of its brightest shining stars. She was style personified.

She had an air of glamour in every outfit. Known for her signature off of the shoulder ensembles, she made everything look glam with the addition of the right accessories, a belt, a scarf or jewelry. She always had a tailored look, form fitting to show off her hour glass figure with just the right amount of sexy. Her look always came off simultaneously simple yet sophisticated, sexy yet classy.

The Style of Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge Style Icon: Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge had elegance about her that shone through in all of her pictures, a natural beauty with features that she played up with vivid red lipsticks and dark lashes- never over done.

No matter if she was draped in diamonds or captured in a more natural state with very little make up or accessories she exuded confidence and virtue. Her star was extinguished too soon as she was taken at the young age of 42 by an accidental drug overdose- but her pictures tell the story; there is a dichotomy at work as she is seemingly strong and vulnerable all at once.