Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson died fifteen years ago today, and with her striking crimson hair, the Irish-English star had some very notable looks. Garson had beauty and brains, earning two degrees in French and 18th Century literature at King’s College (where one of its best-dressed students, and our close friend, Ilk, runs a radio show called The Life and Times of a Failing Academic).  This photo is from 1951’s The Law and the Lady.  While Garson’s gloves, hat and extra frills may be outdated, the checkered dress is a pattern still popular today.  (Like one of this editor’s favorite throw-on dresses from Old Navy, pictured left.)  Checkers are a fantastic look for spring and summer, adding a little bit of picnic blanket whimsy to casual clothing.  Garson once said, “I do wish I could tell you my age but it’s impossible.  It keeps changing all the time.”  She may be gone, but Greer’s style does remain timeless.


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