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If someone is described as glamorous..

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MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 08:50:14

What are the connotations, what springs to mind?

HolgerDanske Wed 24-Feb-16 08:52:26

Depends on context.

Usually for me it means someone who has the time and means to put a lot of effort into grooming and appearance, and cultivating as perfect an appearance as they can reasonably achieve.

Branleuse Wed 24-Feb-16 08:58:07

someone who has hair done nicely, is wearing makeup, jewellery and a posh frock usually.

MadisonMontgomery Wed 24-Feb-16 08:59:43

Someone who is always 'done' - i.e. full makeup, hair styled, nails done & dressed up.

MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 09:06:11

Hmm that's what I thought, also connotations of wearing a Maribou trimmed negligee or something horrendous.

A friend said to me the other day 'oh, you're so glam' and I was confused and hmm.

I hardly ever have my nails done. I always wear concealer, sometimes foundation, always eyeliner and mascara.

My hair is not what I would call 'done'. It's a messy naturally unkempt wavy shoulder length tousled style. I fondly imagine an Alexa type style but in reality a hedge back was is probably more accurate.

I am not sure I want to be 'glam'.

MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 09:06:55

* hedge backwards

Bonxie Wed 24-Feb-16 09:24:45

I think glamour can be present with little or no obvious effort at all. Some people just have glamourous bones; maybe you're one of them?

Bonxie Wed 24-Feb-16 09:25:21

Ahem, glamorous...

niminypiminy Wed 24-Feb-16 09:28:03


CiderwithBuda Wed 24-Feb-16 09:29:41

Always makes me think of my mum. People still tell me she was always so glamorous. Hair always done - never did it herself - went to hair dressers every week. Never went out with out heels and full make up. Her idols were Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins. She loved being thought of as glamorous too.

MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 09:33:22

Nope niminy, definitely not me!

Take today for instance. I have a cold. I got up late. I bunged some concealer over my spots. I 'brushed' my hair with my fingers. Put on skinny jeans, vest, t shirt, long denim overall type coat and checked Primark scarf. Then black ugg boots. They are called Baily button bling and have a small crystal button; aha - that must be it, although I hardly ever wear them. I put them on today as it's cold and they are like slippers. I got them cheap in a sale as they are probably naff.

Took Ds to school. I am now sat in bedroom MNing with coat still on as house is freezing. Hardly a picture of glamour I would say grin

Frostycake Wed 24-Feb-16 10:54:32

When I think of the word 'glamorous' I think of a Russian Oligarc's wife. It's a very 'done' and 'considered' look in my opinion. A bit attention grabbing and OTT. I also think of old Hollywood style glamour in the form of Elizabeth Taylor etc. of course the word means different things to different people; some think that the cast of Towie are glamorous, others think that Angelina Jolie is glamorous.

LadyPriggsbottom Wed 24-Feb-16 11:08:42

I think it can either mean always 'done' in the way you might see in TOWIE, but I remember also using it recently to describe a lady who was quite well put together but definitely not overdone. She was nearly 60 and wore really nice jeans, boots and blouses and had amazing hair. Not a lot of make up and clear nail polish - she looked great (I want to be her when I grow up). I probably meant 'classy' but I did say "she's very glam". So on that basis think it can mean either.

MamaLazarou Wed 24-Feb-16 11:27:22

'Glamorous', to me, is someone who wears things because they are flattering and look good on them, rather than just wearing things because they are fashionable.

WhataRacquet Wed 24-Feb-16 11:34:47

Yes niminy Joan Collins is who I immediately thought of.

FennellaFitzWelly Wed 24-Feb-16 11:39:25

It depends. Good glamorous is someone like Cate Blanchett on the red carpet, bad glamorous is someone like Nancy dell Ollio.

emsyj Wed 24-Feb-16 11:47:56

My friend's husband referred to me as being 'glamorous' a while ago - i took it to mean that i wear a lot of makeup (which i do) grin.

MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 11:51:30

Y'see I don't wear a lot of makeup, or rather if I do, it's meant to appear as if I don't.

I have spots, so concealer and sometimes foundation is a must. That washes my already pallid skin out, so add a bit of cream blush sometimes. Eyeliner and mascara and I'm good to go. Hardly ever wear lipstick, which is the one make up item I do associate with 'glamour'!

OnePlanOnHouzz Wed 24-Feb-16 11:52:39

I'd settle for glamorous any day - I overheard someone describe me as a bit of a strumpet last summer !! Lol !! blush

FennellaFitzWelly Wed 24-Feb-16 11:57:13

There's no point pondering it too deeply OP. Glam means different things to different people and it was clearly meant as a compliment.

MsBojangles Wed 24-Feb-16 12:41:17

Gemma Collins or any of the TOWIE lot spring to mind.

emsyj Wed 24-Feb-16 12:50:48

I have spots too OP, and i also rarely wear lipstick. It's the eyeliner i reckon.

MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 12:51:35

Gawd, it's all very well not to ponder Fenella, but would you want to be described as TOWIE?!

MrsSeanBean Wed 24-Feb-16 12:54:18

But emsy,miss not eyeliner like this, it's very subtle.

OldestStory Wed 24-Feb-16 12:55:31

I think it's quite often used by non-make up jeans and fleeces people to describe women who wear make up and make some effort with clothes and hair.

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