Hooker fashion icons: a style guide

Why do hookers always have such great style?

Now this isn't an ethical statement on the world's oldest occupation. This is strictly from a sartorial stand point.  These ladies of the night had seductive style, obviously for work reasons. It's funny how society looks down on them, yet more and more females (and some gay men and/or drag queens) are emulating the very women they ridicule. I became enraptured with the street walker style after seeing a black and white photo series of transgendered Parisian prostitutes. They were elegant, beautiful, and exuded sex appeal in a not so obvious way.

 

Some photos from Swedish photographer Crister Stromholm's photo book "Amies des Place Blanche". See more photos here.

 

Pretty Woman and her pleather boots

America's favorite floozy with a heart of gold. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman made every woman feel ok to wear something sexy on the street. Loved her work uniform of a cutout body con dress and black pvc thigh-high boots in midday Rodeo Drive.

Do wear: black pleather/pvc/leather thigh boots, a cut out spandex dress and tie your favourite sweater around your waist.

 

Holly Golightly

The city courtesan with a penchant for super rats and Tiffany's. Classic style that is still emulated to this day, classic cuts in neutral colors that fits any broke girl with finer taste. This can deceive any wealthy patron that you have more money than meets the eye.

Do wear: a well cut (very important) black dress, big black sunglasses, and white men's collared shirts and flats.

 

Belle du Jour

Severine or Belle du Jour is great in amazing YSL coats and shift dresses and her innocent white lingerie. Favourite points of fashion are her black pvc trench that harkens her sexual awaking when she becomes a full fledge good time girl in Paris.

Do wear: black vinyl trench, white lace, and minimalist mod shift dresses.

 
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From looking at these women a pattern arose among out cinematic harlots and the real life ones from Paris. They may not have had much money but they were resourceful and relied on their wits to get what they wanted. The body language, the gestures, and the personality can make a thrift store dress look like it came from Beverly Hills. The inconspicuous classic style (excluding the Pretty Woman cut out number) blurs the line between status of wealth, class, and morality.