Today’s 10 Best is one of my favorites yet, because even when I’m crazy-busy, once I get started on a kick of browsing vintage celebrity snapshots I cannot be stopped. The treatment of the photos combined with the natural glamour of stars back then sucks me right in, and I instantly dream of being transported to their time. This summer I’ve been trying to look (somewhat) put together at the pool and beach, and in doing so have become totally fixated on the beach styles of some of Hollywood’s leading ladies — what I wouldn’t give for the secret to making wet hair look that goodI’ve gathered 10 of my favorite classic looks here (and tossed in a few stunning women from the present) and am looking forward to channeling some old school beauty when I step out this weekend. Click through – and I’d love to hear whose timeless style inspires you!

Brigitte Bardot via Vanity Fair

Elizabeth Taylor via Wit + Delight

Zooey Deschanel via Design Love Fest

Farrah Fawcett


Marilyn Monroe via Note to Sarah

Claudine Auger

Gisele Bundchen 

Grace Kelly 

Ulla Andersson 

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  1. 1
    Lisa July 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

    great beach inspiration for the weekend… i love all of the retro suits that are just as striking as many suits these days!

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    Jennifer July 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I have a hankering to buy a full piece n

  3. 3
    Jennifer July 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

    … now, after seeing Farah and Ulla.

  4. 4
    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} July 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

    these are fantastic especially considering the fact that I’m headed to Miami next weekend!

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    Camille Styles July 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Totally agree on the new one-piece obsession… I picked up my first one-piece this summer to get me through the end of my pregnancy, and I’ve loved it so much that I just might end up getting another one for next summer! Especially when they have that beachy-goddess style going on…

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    Sylvie July 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Seems to me that Elle McPherson should be in the group…best 11?

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    Sarah M July 24, 2012 at 12:39 am

    love the full spectrum of beach beauty bodies, Chanel!



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