11 beautiful sweater girls I love

The term “sweater girl” originates from Hollywood acresses of the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s who wore tight sweaters over bullet bras.

Modern women who prefer to be naughty rather than nice were blamed today for the upswing in sex crime.

A pysychiatrist and police official agreed that society’s whole moral code has degenerated to the point where “man no longer regards women as inviolate”.

“Women walk the streets their curves accentuated by their dresses,” Superintendent of Police Harvey J Scott said.

“But our real problem is with bobby-soxers,” he said. “They are the sweater girls – just kids showing off their curves and apparently liking it. What kind of mothers and wives are they going to be?”

December, 1949


Lana Turner

Lana Turner became known as “the sweater girl” after starring in They Won’t Forget, wearing a tight sweater over a shapely bra.

Movie magazines nicknamed her “The Sweater Girl,” just as Ann Sheridan was “The Oomph Girl,” Dorothy Lamour “The Sarong Girl,” and Clara Bow “The It Girl.” (source)

According to her daughter, this was a nickname that she detested throughout her entire career.


Marilyn Maxwell

Marilyn, whose full name is Marvel Marilyn Maxwell (how cool is that?!) was an American actress, who was also known for being a sex symbol of the 1940s and 1950s.

Annex - Maxwell, Marilyn (Lemon Drop Kid, The)_01

Carole Landis

Carole Landis was a film and stage actress who had various nicknames, due to her curvy figure – “The ping girl” (because “she makes you purr” – No I don’t get it either), and also “The Chest” (not creepy at all!).


Patti Page

Patti Page was an extremely successful singer, whose career started in the late 1940s and in 1997, was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. I wish I knew which bra she was wearing in this photo, it’s incredible!


Marilyn Monroe

This lady needs no introduction! Known for her film roles, blonde hair and curvaceous figure, Marilyn regularly sported the “sweater girl” look.


Myrna Hansen

Myrna was an American actress, model and beauty pageant winner, who was crowned Miss Photoflash in 1953, then the runner up of the Miss Universe competition during the same year.

I find it interesting that her bust measurements are so specifically recorded:

“Her measurements included a 37 – inch bust, 25 – inch waist, and 35 – inch hips. By the end of 1955 her bust had increased by an inch. Her measurements read 38 – 25 – 33.”  (source)



Jayne Mansfield

Beautiful Jayne is one of my body heros, she was an absolute stunner and I can only imagine the underwear she wore over her curvaceous body! Jayne also boasted some pretty creepy nicknames, such as “the Cleavage Queen” and “the Queen of Sex and Bosom”.

Here are some more creepy measurement facts about this stunning actress:

“Her smallest bust measurement was 40D (102 cm), which was constant throughout the 1950s, and her largest was 46DD (117 cm), measured by the press in 1967. According to Playboy, her vital statistics were 40D-21-36 (102-53-91 cm) on her 5’6″ (1.68 m) frame.” (source)

Maybe it would have been better for people to focus on her acting talents, rather than her fluctuating bust line!

Jayne Mansfield color sweater

Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren was a Hollywood acress who was styled to look like Marilyn Monroe, along with many other stars who were made to look like “blonde bombshells”.

Regardless of how she was styled, I still think she was a stunner!

Annex - Van Doren, Mamie (High School Confidential)_01C

Yvonne De Carlo

Although I love the Jayne and Marilyn’s blonde hair, I will always be a big fan of brunettes! Yvonne De Carla was such an incredibly beautiful woman, and singer, actress and dancer, who sported the “sweater girl” look perfectly!


Jane Russell

Jane was another megastar with curves to kill!

It was famously reported that Howard Hughes designed and created a special underwire bra for her to wear during the filming of The Oulaw. Jane later confessed to getting rid of the bra as it was so uncomfortable. Instead, she wore her own bra with the cups padded out with tissue and the straps pulled tight to lift her bust. I feel you Jane, underwire bras suck!

Jane Russell 1942

Janet Leigh

Remember that famous scene in Pysycho where the woman gets stabbed in the shower? That’s Janet Leigh!

Not only dis she star in one of Hitchcock’s best movie, but she also married one of my movie crushes, Tony Curtis (swoon!).

There are several photos og Janet wearing tight sweaters over bullet bras, and she looks fantastic in each of them!



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