A History of Style: Fashion Inspired by Mary Tyler Moore

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When you think of a fashion icon from the past, who is the first person that comes to mind? Marilyn MonroeAudrey HepburnEdie Sedgwick, perhaps? While all three of those women have enviable styles that we absolutely love, there are so many other fashionable women that have graced the history pages.

This biweekly column focuses on just that: unexpected and out-of-the-box fashion icons from the past. We feature women who have not only made an impact, but also have distinct signature styles that we can still draw inspiration from today.

If you haven't seen them already, be sure to check out our other "A History of Style" posts on Amelia EarhartBillie HolidayJoan JettLouise BrooksDorothy DandridgeElizabeth Taylor and Edith Head.

This week, we'll be taking a closer look at actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose sense of style perfectly matches her fun and quirky personality. Read on to learn more about Mary's life and unique style, then check out some outfit ideas to help you channel her look for yourself:

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5 Facts About Mary Tyler Moore

  • Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 8 years old and Mary aspired to have a career in show business.
  • When she was 17, Mary got her first big break when she was hired as a dancer for a series of commercials for Hotpoint appliances, which aired during the show Ozzie and Harriet. Mary's attention soon shifted towards acting and by the early 1960s, she had acted in several films and TV shows.
  • Mary landed her first lead role playing Laurie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which aired from 1961-1965. Mary's comedic performance on the show rocketed her to stardom.
  • Mary later became the star of her own program, aptly named The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977). The show was known for being the first of its kind to focus on an independent, single and career-driven woman. The Mary Tyler Moore Show won 29 Emmy awards over the course of seven seasons.
  • Today, Mary focuses on her charity work, for with causes including animal rights and Type 1 diabetes.
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Mary's Style 101

  • Chic separates. Mary's wardrobe is based around simple, easy-to-wear separates. She chooses skirts, tops and pants that are versatile, which makes it super-easy to mix-and-match each piece to create tons of different looks.
  • Pretty prints. Mary uses printed pieces to show off her fun and carefree sense of style. She's a big fan of abstract prints and florals, and in her eyes, the more colorful the pattern, the better!
  • Bold hues. Speaking of color, no Mary-inspired outfit would be complete without a bold pop of it. She typically sticks with solid-colored primary hues, (red, blue, and yellow) which always make a huge impact.
  • Statement jewelry. Mary's favorite type of jewelry is stylish, flashy and statement-making. Whether she wears a chunky necklace, an oversized cocktail ring or some sculptural earrings, Mary always chooses accessories that complement (but never overpower) her chic ensembles.

Outfits for Inspiration

Outfit #1

Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Outfit 1


Product Info: Blouse- Aerie, Earrings- Topshop, Necklace- ModCloth, Loafers- River Island, Pants- ASOS, Bag- Forever 21

Outfit #2

Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Outfit 2


Product Info: Sweater- Victoria's Secret, Vest- House of Frasser, Earrings- Bardot, Clutch- Peacocks, Jeans- Levi's, Boots- H&M

Outfit #3

Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Outfit 3


Product Info: Tights- H&M, Dress- ASOS, Coat- Delia's, Cocktail Ring- Dorothy Perkins, Stackable Rings- Charm & Chain, Pumps- heels.com

What do you think?

Do you find Mary's style inspiring? What do you think of her look? Would you wear any of these outfits? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!