There are a handful of Hollywood legends who define our notion of the iconic star. And no list of Tinseltown legends would be complete without Ava Gardner. This sultry babe used her unconventional looks to create an aesthetic all her own.
Today is not just Christmas Eve, it’s also this iconic star’s birthday. So while you’re making a fire, doing food prep and guzzling down a bottle of red, take some time to find style inspiration from one of the classics who always got it right.
From the perfect over-sized hat to polka dots that would make Marc Jacobs proud, we’ve got seven of our favorite pics of Ava Gardner in all of her come-hither glory. Click through the slideshow above for a little walk down memory lane and let us know which photo is your favorite in the comments section below!