I love Dita Von Teese. In fact, I have a strange fascination for burlesque strippers in general. That fascination is for another post, another time. Today I want to look at the Retro Glamour look. Here's Kristin Scott Thomas, a gorgeous-looking woman looking, frankly.....ancient.
There's no two ways about it, the full 1950s starlet retro look can only be successfully worn by the young and unblemished. On the rest of us - even the magnificent Ms Scott Thomas - it looks aging.
Here's someone called Kate Bosworth working the vintage retro look. Sadly, I've got no idea who Kate Bosworth is, so don't know whether it is making her look older or not. She could be some 14 year-old from High School Musical for all I know. Still, she looks great.
Ages ago, I bought myself two MAC scarlet lipsticks and ended up giving both of them away because, teamed with a pale face, penciled brows and a retro frock, I resembled my grand-mother. And she's dead.
I reckon that there must be a way for us more mature ladies to work the Von Teese look without looking severe and withered....and my solution is this:
Yes, rock the glamorous hair styles, but NOT severely like Kristin has done here. Yes, get your curlers in, but make sure that there are little stray whisps to soften the look. See Bosworth curls.
Don't go for too red a lippy. Again, as per Bosworth
Don't pencil your eyebrows too darkly - both Scott Thomas and Bosworth get this right ;-)
Body-con clothes need body-con underwear - Scott Thomas looks perfect. Needless to say, I did not.
13 May 2010
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