Okay, so part of my goal of writing this column was to introduce people to really amazing films through fashion. Here, I deviate. "Sex and the Single Girl" is a dumb romantic comedy from 1964 that emulates but fails to live up to the greatness of the Rock Hudsn-Doris Day 60s sex comedies. However, it does feature gorgeous Natalie Wood and Lauren Bacall wearing great 60s clothes. Yet they manage to be upstaged by an unknown in a supporting role named Fran Jeffries who plays a provocative singer, Gretchen. Gretchen's fun, colorful wardrobe stands out because leading lady Wood's character only wears black-and-white. We first see her in this adorabletwo-piece outfit, which immediately contrasts her with Wood's uptight character:
Gretchen's penchant for belly shirts is probably supposed to read as excessive but instead predates today's crop-top trend. And if you've got a body like she does, flaunt it!
As you can she, she also has a fabulously huge beehive hairdo and loves bright colors. I fell in love with this two-toned dress she wears while performing. Its flowiness shows off the differently colored inside as she dances around. Simply gorgeous:
But my favorite outfit of hers comes in the film's last scene. I love it because of how current it is; she would look appropriate in a current editorial:
What we can learn from Gretchen's wardrobe is how much color, patterns, and variety can spice up an otherwise dull setting. Think of uniforms: adding an accessory or interesting detail can make as much of a difference as Gretchen's colors add to the film's overall look. Despite the film's general black-and-white decor, you come away remembering as colorful solely because of her.