Remembering Doris Day: Fashion

May 14, 2019

By Tab Byrum

I love Doris Day and was sad to hear on Monday that she had died at 97. When I was growing up it was still easy to find a Doris Day movie on TV somewhere and there were several things you could count on in her films; lots of laughs, a song or two, gorgeous clothes and a happy ending. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at Doris Day and the influence she had on fashion and some of my favorite Doris Day movies. Doris Day was born Doris Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922. Doris began her show business career as a big band singer in 1939 and had her first major hit in 1945 with “Sentimental Journey” with Les Brown and His Band of Renown, she would eventually record 650 sings between the years 1947 and 1967. The first film she made was “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948 which led to a twenty-year film career starring in musicals, comedies, and dramas. She was almost always cast as the woman with a heart of gold and a voice to match. She had many leading men over the years from Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable to James Garner, David Niven, and of course Rock Hudson. One thing Doris Day became known for was wearing the latest in fashion and always looking oh so chic and today we are going to take a look at some of her most chic looks and the influence a lady from Ohio had on the world’s fashion. Enjoy!!! (via)

No one could pop a collar like Doris Day and look so chic. Whether it was a peacoat on the water in Catalina or a trenchcoat in London, the collar was perfect and so was the hair. (via)

One of Doris Day’s films I love is “Midnight Lace”, we’ll discuss it more Thursday. One reason I love it so much are the clothes she wore in this film set in London in 1960. This lovely purple number to wear around the house. (via)

One thing Doris Day was known for was color and pattern. Here we see red polka dots used on a hat and blouse paired with a solid red suit. 60’s perfection. (via)

One bright color we saw Doris wear a lot of was yellow and it totally suited her sunny disposition above and below. Above is from 1967’s “Caprice”, don’t you love how she matches the stripes behind her and those sunglasses make it SO chic. (via)

Another yellow number is this gorgeous coat and it looks like Doris is getting ready to paint Easter Eggs. (via)

This iconic orange sequin gown was made even more fabulous by the sequin lined trench coat that was worn over it. Remember the moment the coat was removed in “Do Not Disturb”, it was an OH MY moment. (via)

Black and White is always a simple and elegant go to when dressing and we saw Doris do it a lot. This ensemble is from 1961’s “Lover Come Back” with Rock Hudson. (via)

In 1962 Doris was teamed up with the perfect accessory, Cary Grant, for “That Touch of Mink”. Her clothes were so gorgeous in this film. (via)

A peek at four iconic looks from Doris Day. High collars, solid colors and an elegant cut. Rest In Peace Doris Day, you were one in a million. (via)

That’s just a small look at all the gorgeous clothes Doris Day wore both on and off screen, she certainly had a way of making everything look stylish or beautiful. I’m busily putting together a list of my favorite Doris Day films and will share that as soon as it’s done later this week. Check here or follow me here on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see new posts. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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