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The Queen's Gambit Style Guide: How to Wear Beth Harmon's '60s Fashion Outfits in 2021

Written by Angelina Peña

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Posted on February 09 2021

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Beth Harmon's Most Iconic Looks

Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon in Netflix's new series, The Queen's Gambit. Although the show has gained attention for its display of female empowerment, the fashion is truly stunning and viewers (including us) are obsessed. The show takes place during one of the most impactful eras for fashion, the 1960's. During this time women were ditching fashion traditions and the tone for modern style was set. Beth's wardrobe, designed by Gabriele Binder, was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Edie Sedgwick and consists of many popular 60's trends including A-line silhouettes, pops of primary colors, peter pan colors and high necklines. Not only will this guide cover her most iconic looks, but it will help you attain them at a fair price. So stay with us as we show you how to affordably dress like the grandmaster herself in 2021.

 1. High Necklines

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Beth Harmon gives us Audrey Hepburn vibes in high neck lines, and we are in love with it! High neck lines have been around for ages but were made fashionable in the 60’s by stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Since then, the style has represented intelligence and sophistication, which fit Beth’s attitude perfectly. If you’re inspired by Beth’s fashion and are looking for a clean-cut look then go for high neck lines! You can replicate her style with a high neck dress or by pairing a flared skirt with a high neck top. Take a look at our picks below:

 

 

2. Peter Pan Collars

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Peter pan collars are a 60's staple and are a must-have for those going after Harmon’s elegant style. Although this is one of Beth’s simplest pieces it’s probably the most iconic. You can rock this look in 2021 as the collar can be worn on a dress or blouse and paired with a colored skirt. You can even take on an edgier look by pairing with some combat or thigh high boots. Here’s some pieces you can buy today:

 

3. The Power Coats

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How fierce does Beth look in a long coat?! We love the power that radiates off the competitive chess player when she wears one. In fact, the coats represent Harmon’s growth throughout the series. We see her take on the style towards the end as she matures and gets better at chess. So, if you’re due for a confidence-boost this season, a long coat may be exactly what you need. You can channel your inner Beth by pairing a long coat over any mid-century modern outfit. Here’s some of our favorite coats:

 

4. Polished Pastels

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Pastels may remind you of Easter but in the 60's they were worn year-round. Stars like Jackie Kennedy wore pastels to casual and formal events, just like Beth. In the series we see Beth take on the color palette throughout every stage of her life. We see the chess player in powder blue in her early years, yellow and mint during her rise to fame and light pink towards the end when she celebrates her success. Pastels in 2021 can be mixed or paired with neutral colors such as black or white. See some of our favorite pastel-colored pieces below:

 

5. Contrasting Colors

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The 1960’s were an extraordinary time for fashion as post war mentality left women interested in new and exciting trends. One notable trend that remains relevant to this day is the use of contrasting colors and color blocking. We see Beth Harmon in several contrasting pieces throughout the show including her laidback black and white tee and her elegant black and mocha shift dress. Take on the mod style with our favorite color block pieces: 

 

 

6. Check Mate

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Finally, we get to Beth’s checkered outfits. Wardrobe designer Gabrielle Binder included checks and squares in many of Beth’s looks, signifying that her entire life revolves around the game of chess. Binder states, “I always try to mirror what is happening inside a character with what they are wearing on the outside and the checks are something that I thought would be immediately interesting to Anya’s character."  Today the style can be worn an infinite number of ways. You can take on a preppy look by pairing a plaid mini skirt with a collared button-down or a grunge look with a checkered flannel, jeans, and booties. You can also wear A-line dress or silk collared shirt just like the ones below: 

    

 

 

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