Rule #2 of the bombshell, according to the book, is that you must have a white beaded sleeveless dress like Dorothy Dandridge wore in Carmen Jones. Stole might be optional, but if you're going for the bombshell, it's not bad to have a prop.
I found a picture of Dorothy Dandridge in a white dress in a promo for the movie, but that was a poster -- the photo version shows the dress in red. It isn't the dress she mentions in the book, however, because there's no stole. Alas, I've not found it yet, but look at her, nonetheless. She's gorgeous. And this has to be around 1954, because those cap sleeve scoop neck tops were really popular then -- as they should be now. They are just innocently sexy.
Unlike the other pictures of Ms. Dandridge that I'll show you, just to give some examples of the bombshell aura she projected.
Just like I wish I knew who designed this top, so I could order one in every color of the rainbow. It's got a Ceil Chapman vibe to it, but could it really be that easy? Probably not. It's much more likely from Phyllis Dalton, who costumed this movie and did the wardrobe for Lawrence of Arabia five years later.(Photo from Island in the Sun, 1957)
No bombshell babe is complete without a beaded halter dress. Ms Dandridge does not disappoint.