The 2011 Emmy-wining mini-series “Mildred Pierce” is based on both the 1941 novel and 1945 Oscar winning film starring Joan Crawford. The story is of a separated mother of two, payed by Kate Winslet, who opens a successful restaurant while falling in love again and dealing with her terribly spoiled daughter, played by Evan Rachel Wood. It’s clearly a timeless tale that has been successfully passed down through generations.
Kate’s character wears beautiful but somewhat 1940′s clothing in the film, and I especially admire her outerwear because of the fantastic silhouettes.
She pulls off structured blazers in a ladylike way through light colors and feminine details.
While Kate’s clothing as Mildred is beautiful, it’s still believable that a busy and self-supporting woman in her situation could pull it off because the costume designer never makes her look too perfect.
To take inspiration from the television mini-series Mildred Pierce and its’ leading lady, find a structured skirt suit that fits you perfectly, or wear a retro floral dress with a blazer over it. Dark jewel tones, like deep blue or emerald green, are good for the fall season, as well as for the period that you’re mimicking. Wear your favorite oversized clutch and a pair of heeled shoes that have a vintage flair to them. Mildred loves her hats so your last touch should be a beret or cloche!