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A History of Style: Fashion Inspired by Pam Grier


Pam Grier

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 TaylorEdith HeadMary Tyler MooreSylvia PlathEdith Bouvier BealeMarlene DietrichFrida KahloCyndi Lauper and Isadora Duncan.

This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at actress Pam Grier‘s sultry and glamorous sense of style. Read on to learn more about Pam’s life and unique style, then check out some outfit ideas to help you channel her look for yourself:

Pam Grier 1

5 Facts About Pam Grier

  • Pamela Suzette Grier was born on May 26, 1949 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • She moved to Los Angeles in the late ’60s and began working as a receptionist at a film production company, where she was later discovered and cast in several movie roles.
  • Pam rose to fame in the early 1970s by starring in a number of ‘blaxploitation’ films like Coffy and Foxy Brown, where she played strong, vigilante-type characters. She is known as the first African American female to headline an action film.
  • In 1997, Pam starred in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown, which played homage to the blaxpoitation genre. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her portrayal as the titular character.
  • Pam published her autobiography, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts in 2010. The rights to her book were recently optioned by a film studio, meaning there may be a Pam Grier biopic in the works!

Pam Grier 2

Pam’s Style 101

  • I Love the ’70s. Pam was a 1970s fashion icon and therefore many of her most memorable looks come from that decade. Her iconic high-waisted pants, crop tops and platform shoes are just as stylish now as they were back then, so pick up one of these updated trends for a Pam Grier-inspired look.
  • Super Sultry. Pam wasn’t afraid to show a little skin in the name a fashion. Her signature plunging necklines were sexy without looking vulgar.
  • Glamazon. Another element of Pam’s style was her love of all things glamorous. Her accessories were always especially glam, whether she wore oversized sunnies and an arm cuff or hoop earrings and a statement necklace, Pam always knew how to accessorize to a ‘T.’

Outfits for Inspiration

Outfit #1: ’70s-Inspired

Pam Grier Inspired Outfit 1
Product Info: Earrings- Swell, Top- Forever 21, Bag- Forever 21, Belt- Madewell, Shorts- Topshop, Bracelets- Nordstrom, Shoes- Steve Madden

Outfit #2: A Night on the Town

Pam Grier Inspired Outfit 2
Product Info: Arm Cuff- Threadsence, Dress- ASOS, Earrings- Jessica Simpson Collection, Pumps- Forever 21, Clutch- Mimi Boutique

Outfit #3: Poolside Glam

Pam Grier Inspired Outfit 3
Product Info: Earrings- Guess, Swimsuit- Macy’s, Sunglasses- H&M, Bag- Victoria’s Secret, Sandals- Piperlime, Skirt- ModCloth

What do you think?

Do you find Pam’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!

Posted on on April 15, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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10 Responses to “A History of Style: Fashion Inspired by Pam Grier”

  1. 1
    April 15th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    this woman oozes sexiness!

  2. 2
    April 15th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Pam Grier is the ultimate woman! I love this.

  3. 3
    April 15th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    College Fashion is so Fierce for this post! I Love Pam Grier, especially in “Coffy”<3

  4. 4
    April 15th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    She is gorgeous. I love the 1st outfit, but I am not confident enough to rock the other 2.

  5. 5
    April 15th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    So glamourous and chic. I can see how the poolside ensemble can transcend into summer.

  6. 6
    April 15th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Great post – not to mention, she’s still stunningly beautiful as Kit in The L Word! She definitely aged well.

  7. 7
    April 16th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I love these posts.

    Also, you spelled “starring” wrong in the third bullet point at the top :)

  8. 8
    April 16th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    @Carrie- Oops! Thanks for catching that– fixed it :)

  9. 9
    April 17th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Pam grier is so gorgeous! loved the outfits!

  10. 10
    September 21st, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I love this! I decided today to be her for Halloween as well as queen of disco Donna summer. This gives me a great place to start. I want to pull off the red plunging neckline jumsuit BUT with hot pants. And what kind of shoes did she wear??? I appreciate any input :)

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