Although we’re not sure why it’s only a month long, Women’s Month is here. We’re celebrating those who’ve done incredible things despite obstacles of gender, race or age, throughout history. Being fashion-obsessed, we obviously want to know: what were they fond of wearing? And did certain outfits define them?

This week we’ll be focusing on what some seriously inspiring women wore while changing the world. While we look forward to trends and new seasons, it’s refreshing to look back at how history has defined fashion and, most importantly, how women in history have defined fashion. These women have all helped create the new standards for women.

1.Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962)

A film star and absolute babe, Marilyn is known for many iconic outfits, including that infamous white dress. She was always glamorous and elegant in her approach to her outfits, although often with a cheeky twist. She encouraged women to love their bodies, and show them off.

Marilyn Monroe / via Rex Features

2.Dorothy Dandridge (1922 – 1965)

The first African-American woman to be nominated for an Oscar had her style down to a T. She loved beautifully tailored pieces, especially those which could show off her gorgeous figure. Feminine accessories like gloves or petite handbags were key to her look.

Dorothy Dandridge / via Rex Features

3. Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, Marie conducted vast research on radioactivity, leading to the theory of radioactivity. She was born in Poland and having suffered many hardships in her family, was living in poverty. After moving to France, she worked at night to afford her apartment, with her ongoing research work always taking preference in her life. She also made the high-necked, prim-and-proper style of the day look iconic and timeless.

Marie Curie (1867-1934) / via Rexfeatures

4.Diana Ross (1944 – )

Exuding glamour in all that she does, Diana Ross is a style icon of note. She often opts for bright and bedazzled, and always looks gorgeous. To this day, she remains an inspiration.

Diana Ross / via Rex Features

 

5.Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937)

The first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean alone, Amelia was brave and determined. She would often sport a uniform of neutral-coloured leather jacket, hat and aviator glasses, which had to be practical but also provided a look she became well known for. She also knew how to layer her clothes intelligently, and often added a silky neck scarf for a bright accent.

Amelia Earhart / via Rexfeatures

 

6.Nina Simone (1933 – 2003)

Nina Simone was known for not only her beautifully bold voice, but also a similar approach to her style. Choosing looks which were as loud as she wanted, she would pair the unexpected together in a beautiful way. Her influence still reigns on as one of the most inspiring, thanks to her own style statements.

Nina Simone / via Rexfeatures

7.Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011)

Having been in the limelight from an early age, Elizabeth knew how importance appearance was. She used her natural beauty combined with elegant gowns to always look gorgeous, and it combined with her powerful sex appeal and some plunging necklines! She was very fond of diamonds and bold colours, too.

Elizabeth Taylor / via Rexfeatures

8.Katharine Hepburn (1907 – 2003)

With a full command of the Hollywood scene for 50-plus years, Katharine is praised as one of the best actresses in history. She is also known for her independence and expressing that through her daily style, especially as she was one of the first woman to promote trouser-wearing. To this day, she has influenced androgyny in dressing.

Katharine Hepburn / via Rexfeatures

With all that amazing style and personal inspiration, we’re ready to do more while looking incredible, and hope we become as iconic one day.