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Vintage Hollywood Photos Are The Spring Style Inspiration You Need

Take some style cues from the women of Old Hollywood when crafting your spring wardrobe.

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for a little wardrobe update.

After a few too many months of chilly temperatures, we’re ready to ditch our bulky sweaters and coats for something a little lighter. And we’re taking some cues from the women of Old Hollywood.

Whatever they were wearing, be it breezy dresses, rompers or jeans, they always looked glamorous. Even when they were playing tennis (and a lot of them apparently did), their outfits were a far cry from the baggy mesh shorts and T-shirts we’d wear today. Luckily, many of the styles the stars of Hollywood’s golden age wore back then are still fairly easy to find at stores like Reformation, Mod Cloth and J.Crew.

Below, check out some of our favorite vintage style moments, the perfect inspiration for crafting your new spring wardrobe:

Jean Harlow
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Jean Harlow relaxes on the golf course in 1932.
Myrna Loy
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Actress Myrna Loy in a scene from the 1933 movie "When Ladies Meet."
Barbara Stanwyck
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Barbara Stanwyck in action on the tennis court, 1934.
Lucille Ball
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Ball poses in a printed dress in Hollywood, 1936.
Judy Garland
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Actress and singer Judy Garland with two pet dogs, circa 1940.
Bette Davis
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Bette Davis poses with a flower arrangement, 1940.
Lana Turner
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Lana Turner walks down a staircase with her Pekingese dog in Hollywood, California, 1940.
Katharine Hepburn
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Katharine Hepburn, screen and stage star, returns a drive during a friendly game of tennis at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia, 1940.
Anna May Wong
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Anna May Wong stands on a roof wearing a black and white ensemble, undated.
Jane Russell
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Jane Russell, shortly after being chosen for the lead female role in the 1943 film "The Outlaw."
Lauren Bacall
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Lauren Bacall in a trouser suit, circa 1945.
Ingrid Bergman
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Ingrid Bergman poses near a rock, circa 1949.
Debbie Reynolds
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Actress and singer Debbie Reynolds plays baseball, circa 1950.
Elizabeth Taylor
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor sits on a stack of pillows, wearing purple pants and a yellow shirt in this undated photo.
Dorothy Dandridge
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A portrait of actress Dorothy Dandridge at home, 1954.
Lucille Ball
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Ball wears a matching denim outfit in this photo from 1955.
Brigitte Bardot
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Brigitte Bardot at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 1955.
Natalie Wood
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Natalie Wood poses for a portrait at home in Los Angeles, circa 1955.
Dorothy Dandridge
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Dandridge poses in front of a poster for her movie "Carmen Jones" in 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Gene Tierney
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Actress Gene Tierney poses with colorful umbrellas in this undated photo.
Audrey Hepburn
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Hepburn rides a bike with dog in basket in this undated photo.
Ginger Rogers
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An undated portrait of actress Ginger Rogers in a ruffled dress.
Rita Hayworth
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Actress Rita Hayworth, dressed in a white playsuit, sits on a picnic blanket in this undated photo.
Ava Gardner
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An undated photo of actress Ava Gardner.
Marilyn Monroe
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Marilyn Monroe sits in shadow against a garden fence, wearing a striped dress, 1954.
Lena Horne
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Lena Horne wears a printed top and black skirt in this photo, circa 1942.
Audrey Hepburn
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Audrey Hepburn on a golf course at the Bürgenstock resort, Switzerland, 1954.
Grace Kelly
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Grace Kelly, known as Princess Grace of Monaco, stands among the rocks in a photo from around 1955.
Sophia Loren
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Sophia Loren in a scene from the 1954 movie "The River Girl."
Elizabeth Taylor
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Taylor on location in Indiana for the filming of the American drama "Raintree County," 1956.
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