June 03, 2014

Style 101: Glamour Puss

The word glamour actually originates as a type of magic and enchantment in the works of Sir Walter Scot. Glamour is now defined as “beauty or charm that is sexually attractive.” Think of being pretty as a set of skills, not an intrinsic state.
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (via)
*Watch classic movies.
Much of what we still find glamorous today was defined in the 1940s and 50s with actresses like Lena Horne and Sophia Loren. Observe how the leading lady is dressed and groomed.

*Take cues from pin ups.
Y’all know I love me some Bettie Page but many contemporary pin ups employ serious modern glamour, too.

*Devil’s in the Details!
Pay attention to small things like grooming your nails and eyebrows. These small elements of your look can add up to the picture of a diva.

*Quick Ways to be Glamorous:
  • Bombshell makeup: you can never go wrong with winged black liquid eye-liner and matte red lips.
  • Use glitter and shimmer. Reflective surfaces are used in film and theater for a reason.
  • There’s a serious movie star quality to big sunglasses.


*Emphasize your sexuality.
This isn’t a one-size-fits-all. Grace Jones, Andre Pejvic, Sophia Vergara and David Beckham are all glamorous sex icons with very different expressions of sexuality and gender.
*Wear sexy under garments. 
Marlena Dietrich used to bill the wardrobe department of her studio for lingerie because she believed it improved her presence and her walk. You do this for yourself, not because someone else may or may not see you in said underwear.

*Glamour is more about attitude than looks
The makeup and clothes are just vehicles for a state of mind. Work on how you feel about yourself to truly exude sexiness.

What does glamour mean to you? How do you make yourself feel and look glamourous?

1 comment:

  1. You might enjoy this book I own, The Power of Glamour. See my blog post on it here: http://lifeisexamined.blogspot.com/2010/10/power-of-glamour.html


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