Grace Kelly’s Timeless Style Lights Up The Rodeo Walk of Style

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Pictured: Grace Kelly’s MGM publicity photos grace LA’s Rodeo Drive (photo, M. Hall, The Recessionista Blog)

Last night, one of the 20th century’s great style icons, the beautiful Grace Kelly, lit up Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive. Princess Grace received an award tonight from the Rodeo Walk of Style for her contributions to fashion and entertainment. Honored along with the Princess was French jeweler Cartier. Although Cartier is sadly out of The Recessionista price league, the style of Grace Kelly is as accessible and fresh today as it was over 40 years ago when she reigned as a Princess here in Hollywood. When I look back at old Grace Kelly photos, or watch her in To Catch a Thief or Dial M for Murder, I think of her beautiful accessories and her simple strand of pearls. There are many things today’s fashionista on a budget can learn from Grace. The main lesson is simplicity of style and classic pieces. When I think of Grace Kelly’s style, this is what I think of:


A colorful scarf wrapped around the neck like a piece of jewelry added sparkle.

A simple scarf wrapped around the head can magically transform a bad hair day.


Pearls, whether they are costume or Mikimoto, a simple strand adds luster.


Pictured: A Grace Kelly look book recreated using Polyvore

  • A simple shirt dress with a cinched-waist
  • Capri pants with ballet flats
  • Tailored suits


Hair swept back from the face or in an elegant up do.

Pictured: The invitation to the Grace Kelly Walk of Style Event shows Grace with her hair up, when she was Princess of Monaco (photo, M. Hall, The Recessionista Blog)

Watching the ceremony to honor Grace on Rodeo Drive, I couldn’t help but think about why she remains an enduring style icon many years after her death. She wore the clothes, they did not wear her. She choose classic pieces, and she kept things simple, elegant and chic. This is why her look still inspires today.

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Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Blondie

    October 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    What a great post! I had no idea Grace was being honored. I just posted something on her last night! Take a look at the photos if you get a chance. Have a wonderful weekend! Kori xoxo

  2. MH

    October 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks so much Blondie! I had no idea Grace was being honored until I was walking along Rodeo last night, and BAM, there she was looking straight at me from the poster. I knew I had to write about it. Although Demi Moore, Jenna Elfman, and Debra Messing were there plus assorted folks from Cartier, I wanted to keep the focus on Grace and her style.
    Demi looked great though and spoke eloquently about Grace at the ceremony.

    It's always amazing what is going on right her in LA everyday!

  3. jocon

    October 25, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    thanks for sharing..Love Grace Kelly.
    Style and grace..

  4. Ebonni

    October 28, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Grace Kelly is unbelievable. She is the definition of timeless, of beauty, of well, Grace. I love everything about her. She just illustrates elegance in every way imaginable.

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