Bring Out Your Inner Diva With a Little Retro Glamour
The difference between a fad and a trend is how well it stands up to the test of time. There are certain eras that just exude glamour and style; the Jazz Age, the Noir films of the 40s and 50s. The women depicted had it all: beauty, strength and a bit of danger underneath. They were in control, and many a great bit of dialogue came through a haze of smoke from an elegant cigarette holder against the backdrop of a lighted mirror. Think Bette Davis in All About Eve.
Although smoking is no longer in vogue, there are other ways you can put a little old-school glitz in your life and channel your inner diva. Read on for a few ideas and let your imagination take it from there.
Gowns, Great Shoes and the Right Red
Two things that mark a femme fatale are full, red lips and a great pair of heels. Not all reds work for everyone, so try a few shades to find the one that compliments your skin tone. Winter and Spring complexions can go toward the cooler side with a red that leans toward the purple spectrum, and Autumns or Summers will look great in coral or scarlet.
As for the shoes, pumps are a timeless classic. However, if you want to go truly retro, try a stack-heeled Mary Jane. They’ll make your legs look longer and leaner. Think Hollywood leading ladies like Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford and Betty Grable. Of course, your ensemble isn’t complete without a diaphanous penoir set or dressing gown.
Of course, many of the greatest scenes had great accessories to set the mood. If you can imagine yourself seating in front of a vintage lighted mirror like those Hollywood divas of old, why not make it a reality. Mirrors like the classic Hollywood backstage makeup mirrors will add a bit of magic to your morning routing.
The Golden Age of Hollywood was magical in many ways, but few things are so inspirational than a great drama or noir film with a glamorous femme fatale. If you’re ready to see yourself in a whole new light, companies Impact Vanity specialize in had-crafting vintage theater-style lighted vanity mirrors. You can also scour local flea markets or even estates sales and business liquidation to find authentic vintage furniture and accessories.