Does anyone else but me miss the days of glamour? Real glamour, not when girls put on shoes that are too high for them and mini-dresses. Back in the days when women would put on corsets and lipstick just to go to the store.
Now, I understand feminism and all that, but really, girls have got to step up their game. What happened to makeup? What happened to gorgeous dresses? What happened to high heels? Real style, real glamour.
Dita Von Teese is a good example of someone who never stopped believing in glamour. You will never see her outside without a corset, garters, and lipstick. Von Teese is best known for bringing back modern burlesque, her signature act being her in a martini glass. Dita has become a fashion icon, inspiring designers everywhere to glamorize their lines. “I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute,” says Dita about her look.
Another example of real glamour was icon Marilyn Monroe. There wasn’t a moment until her death when she did not like gorgeous. Underneath, she may not have been a pretty girl, but all it takes is a fancy dress, long eyelashes, red lipstick and a pretty dress. It’s impossible to find anyone in the world who wouldn’t agree that Marilyn Monroe isn’t beautiful. Her movies and pictures still sell well, but for the most part it was her signature look she left behind.
Audrey Hepburn might also be the best example of glamour, because she wasn’t just gorgeous and glamorous, she was also sophisticated. There is an air of mystery around her. You would never catch Audrey Hepburn with no makeup on, eating a Twinkie. She was the picture of perfection every day of her life. She inspired one of the most legendary designers of all time, Givenchy. When you think beauty, you picture Hepburn as Holly Golightly, standing in front of that Tiffany’s window, in the original little black dress, with a string of pearls. So simple, yet elegant.
So how can you put a little glamour in your every day life? It’s easy, and not as time consuming as you think.
Wear a skirt every once in a while, and not a mini skirt. A pencil skirt. If it’s one thing Coco Chanel left behind was her belief that the perfect skirt length is right below your knees. If you’re feeling really daring, pick up a garter belt and some stockings. I guarantee you nothing will make you feel as sexy as when you wear stocking and garters.
If you’re worried about all that taking too much time… invest in some glamour defining makeup. Buy some red lipstick (try MAC ‘Russian Red’ $14), it suits everyone, and never goes out of style. Also, if you look at pictures of some of Hollywood’s most glamorous actresses, such as Mae West, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, they all had one thing in common: long, dark eyelashes. No mascara can capture that same look. Buy a pair of fake eyelashes, and trim them down a little so they don’t look ridiculous.
A little can go a long way, and true glamour starts with the attitude. Think how much better you feel when you swap that pair of sweatpants or Uggs for a nice skirt and pair of heels.
Even putting on a pair of skinny jeans with a nice top and pairing it with a pair of 1-2 inch heel boots can change your look and attitude.
Being glamorous isn’t hard; you just have to put in the small bit of effort.