Glamorous Style Guide:

 

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Elegant, show-stopping fashion for bold, optimistic, nostalgic, dramatic, and idealistic ladies and gents who wouldn’t mind it if they got blinded by the ever-charming beauty, glitz and glamour of classic Old Hollywood.

If that sounds like you, read on to learn how to create a wardrobe that is as glamorous as your soul, and dare to believe in your dreams as these fancy looks inspire a rich and limitless life. 

With this dreamy, flirty wardrobe full of inspiration from famous, sexy, and luxurious looks from 1920s-50s, no day is basic!

Are you aiming to look wild but elegant like Marilyn Monroe? Graceful but bold like Audrey Hepburn? Sultry but regal like Elizabeth Taylor? Charmingly classic like Cary Grant? Keep reading for all the tips you’ll need to get started, plus a large selection of products i believe you’ll adore.

*This post contains affiliate links. If you find something you absolutely love and click through my link to make a purchase, it will give me a small commission that allows me to keep creating content at no extra cost to you. Thank you for being one of my amazing readers, regardless of whether you are here to shop or just browse! ?

Care to listen to some Glamorous music while you shop?

Here’s my Spotify playlist, full of Hollywood classics:

 

How to Create Your Own Glamorous Style:

Embrace all that glitters.

 

Be it jewels, sequins, glitter, beads, or pearls, NOTHING says “glamorous” like something that sparkles. 

Things that glisten give off an ethereal, heavenly feel that will inspire you to reach out for your highest goals and achieve them. Shiny things are reminiscent of great successes.

 

Additionally, fabrics with a beautiful sheen, such as silk or satin, will have a similar effect while maintaining a simple elegance.

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Shop My Curated Lists of Glitzy Products: Budget (Under $100, mostly under $50), Splurge ($60-$300), Luxury (Investment pieces from the hundreds to several thousands).

Soft but Wild.

 

In perfect contrast, adding soft (and maybe even fluffy) materials adds to the luxuriousness by bringing in a factor of perceived comfort. Furs (real and vintage, or faux), velvet and feathers are excellent choices.

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Shop My Curated Lists of Fluffy Products: Budget (Under $100), Splurge ($100-$1,000), Luxury (Investment pieces, $1,000+).
Animal prints are an absolute must if you want to take your outfit from being simply elegant to being truly, glamorously dramatic and avant-garde.
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Shop My Curated Lists of Animal Print and Wild Animal-Inspired Products: Budget (Under $100, mostly under $50), Splurge ($60-$300), Luxury (Investment pieces from the hundreds to several thousands).

Dramatic Colors.

 

When it comes to glamorous style, no neutral colors compare to black and white. Whether worn alone or together for contrast, these completely opposite colors are perfectly chic, clean and classy, while also being extremely dramatic and extreme. They are the perfect go-to colors for your staple pieces, giving you an elegant place to start when building your outfit. As Coco Chanel said: “Simplicity is the keynote of elegance”–That’s why black and white are so perfect.

Shop My Curated Lists of Classic Black and White Products:

Chic Black – Budget (Under $100, mostly under $50), Splurge ($60-$300), Luxury (Investment pieces from the hundreds to several thousands).

Elegant White – BudgetSplurge, Luxury.

Following the rule to embrace all that glitters, gold and silver are classic “must-add” colors as well–Whether found in your clothes, shoes, accessories, or makeup. Use as accents, or as the main parts of your outfit to elevate the drama.
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Red, being as passionate a color as it is, is another excellent, dramatic, must-add color to add to your wardrobe and collection of accessories, in moderation.

 

Red is most glamorously used as an accent color through the use of accessories, makeup, or shoes. Or if you’re feeling bold (maybe on special occasions that call for extra drama!) try opting for ONE strong statement piece in red as your central piece–Perhaps a boldly sequined dress, a glittery suit, or a big, fluffy, fur coat.

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Shop My Curated Lists of Passionately Glamorous Red Products: Budget (Under $100, mostly under $50), Splurge ($60-$300), Luxury (Investment pieces from the hundreds to several thousands).

Seek Shapes and Cuts that Emphasize an Hourglass Figure or Tall Stature.

 

Make certain that the pieces you choose fit you like a glove–Not too loose, not too tight–If that means going to see a tailor, all the better! There’s very little that is more chic and glamorous than a custom-fit piece.

 

Embrace the beautiful body you have, whichever shape or size it is. To add to the incredibly glamorous and sexy classic-Hollywood-movie-star look, opt for pieces that celebrate your curves.

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Recommended necklines: V-neck (the deeper the better, for added drama), Sweetheart, Halter, slim Turtleneck or Mock-neck, Boat-neck, Shoulder-Banding, Straight (and strapless), Cowl. Exposed backs are incredibly glamorous and sexy, too.

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You can also emphasize or add to your height by carefully selecting the length of your skirt/dress/pants (Just above the knee is optimal. If any lower, a higher waistline and/or a pair of heels help), simplifying and keeping the “line” of your body clean by avoiding color-blocking, and adding some heels. One really good cut for appearing dramatically tall and glamorous is the “empire waist”.

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When in Doubt, Wear a Classic, Bold, Red Lipstick.

 

So much confidence comes bundled up in a red lipstick. Since becoming wildly popular in the 1920s, because of movie stars in Hollywood using it for emphasis in black and white film (keeping the lips from appearing to vanish in the movies), bold lipstick has become the ultimate secret weapon for glamour.

 

Even the most basic look can be glamorized with just a red lip.

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Other Must-Have Glamorous Pieces:

 

 

Glamorous Heels:

(Shopable examples coming soon)

Luxurious Loafers and Slippers:

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Cat-Eye Sunglasses:

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Pearl and Gemstone Jewelry:

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Symbolic Accessories (Lipstick, Celebrities/Movie Stars, Romantic Florals, Art Nouveau, Wildcats, Pampered House Pets, Graceful Swans, Classy Penguins, etc):

(Shopable examples coming soon)

All Menswear:

(Shopable compilation of just all the menswear options coming soon)

Remember: Style is Personal.

 

The most glamorous thing you can do is radically be yourself. Adding to or changing any of the above “rules” to best suit you, your tastes, your personality, your story–That’s the only way to go if you want true glamour!

Style isn’t “one-size-fits-all” and none of us fit into a perfect little box–We all have wonderful variations that make us unique, and they can be reflected in what we choose to wear! That’s the beauty of personal style.

 

When you discover what your version of “Glamorous Style” looks like, i’d love to share it on this page to inspire other glamorous ladies and gentlemen that stop by!

 

Just snap a picture, tag me @StoryBehindTheCloth on Instagram or @BehindTheCloth on Twitter with my new hashtags: #MyStoryBehindTheCloth and #GlamorousBehindTheCloth, or email me at StoryBehindTheCloth@gmail.com and i’ll post your picture and link below!

 

Also, feel free to ask me any questions you might have about defining your personal style! The comment section, my email, and social media accounts will always be an open door to you. 

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Is “Glamorous” not your style?

Stick around for more Style Guides in the near future, and take a look at what’s to come on my Pinterest!

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Glamorous Gift Ideas

Glamorous style embraces elegant, show-stopping fashion for bold, optimistic, nostalgic, dramatic, and idealistic ladies and gents who wouldn’t mind it if they got blinded by the ever-charming beauty, glitz and glamour of classic Old Hollywood. You can read my Glamorous Style Guide to learn how to create a glamorous wardrobe. But glamour is more than a fashion sense–It’s a lifestyle. You’re probably here because you know a lady or gentleman who loves to live glamorously, and you need help finding the perfect gift that will make their luxurious heart soar. Whether you’re shopping for Valentine’s day, a birthday gift, or Christmas presents, this post is your one-stop-shop for all things glamorously giftable! From jewelry and accessories, to home decor and treats, to luxurious experiences that will surprise your glamorous friend or loved one and leave them with lasting memories.

Whispers of Christmas – Holiday Outfit

This elegant holiday outfit represents the quiet and tranquil moments of Winter, as Christmas gently draws closer.
The softness and subtle excitement of the first snowfall. The subdued, inner cheer after holiday shopping has been completed and Christmas day is still around the corner. A moment where you curl up next to the fireplace, resting with a mug of hot chocolate, in celebration after accomplishing a long list of to-dos and to-buys in preparation for the festivities soon to begin.
An elegant look with deep colors embraces those feelings well. It’s cozy, it’s beautiful, it’s peaceful.

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