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What makes a woman glamorous?

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WineInTheSun Tue 03-Mar-20 10:19:24

Just that really!!
Inspired after a colleague saw me stuffing my mouth with biscuits and remarked ‘what are you eating?! You always look so glamorous and not the type to walk around with a mouthful!’

Made me think hmm am I glamorous?
Always have a full face of makeup on (primer, concealer, foundation, bronzer, blusher, mascara, lipliner and lip balm), hair clean and tied in a high ponytail. Have to wear a uniform to work but opt for the dress with a waist belt option.

So what to you sets a woman aside as glamorous?
I’m secretly complimented as I have a crush on said colleague blush but also wondering if it means he just sees me as a Joan Collins impractical Dynasty type so not such a compliment grin

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puds11 Tue 03-Mar-20 10:21:38

Not me... I’m so far from glamor it hurts sad

People I find glamorous would be minimal make up, more a natural look, simple but well put together outfits. Audrey Hepburn springs to mind as my example of glamour.

PrimeraVez Tue 03-Mar-20 10:23:46

Glamorous to me means always looking 'done' - hair not in a messy bun, full make up, jewelry, carefully chosen clothes rather than something just chucked on.

ThePlantsitter Tue 03-Mar-20 10:25:47

I think you're allowed to eat and be glamorous aren't you? Are they saying glamorous people only eat in secret?

That said to me glamorous = lipstick so maybe you can't wink

Judystilldreamsofhorses Tue 03-Mar-20 11:04:16

I often get told I am glamorous, although most of the time I feel like a sack of potatoes. I think it's possibly because I always wear red lipstick, and my nails are always done?

My hair is in a sharp bob, and always freshly washed/styled/very shiny, and I am thoughtful about putting outfits together - but I don't ever dress in what I would personally class as "glam" clothes. I don't own any sort of heeled footwear, never wear anything with a low neckline, and if I wear short skirts they're with 100 denier opaques.

When someone talks about a person looking glamorous I think of ladies who work on cosmetics counters. Or air stewardesses.

FoxEars Tue 03-Mar-20 11:06:26


I am her.

Oozes class , make up is immaculate, dresses well for her figure and age, and has inner self confidence.

If only.....

sar302 Tue 03-Mar-20 11:12:47

More importantly, note the negging from said colleague! Glamorous women can't eat a biscuit - bugger off!!

NarniaBanarnia Tue 03-Mar-20 11:14:08

I think glamour is far more about charisma than actual looks/hair/makeup/size/clothing.

Obviously a very very scruffy person would probably struggle to look ‘glamorous’ (unless we think Eg Kate Moss in her heyday could count?) but beyond that I don’t think there’s necc much connection between ‘smart’ or even ‘put together’ and ‘glamorous’.

I almost never look put together (it’s just not achievable for me; I have wild hair and look older/haggard if I wear makeup) but if I get dressed up I think (at least I feel!) quite glamorous.

I do like quite striking clothing (when I’m not just in leggings and sweater...) which may help a notch? I’m tall, if that helps?

Anyway, just my opinion!! I think anyone can be glamorous if they FEEL it tbh. It comes from within.

JMAngel1 Tue 03-Mar-20 11:24:27

I get told I'm glam a lot - personally I don't like it. Smacks of try too hard to me(I also have secret worry about Joan Collins connotations!)
I toned myswekf down at work after learning I was referred to as Carol Vorderman hmm To be fair at the time, I was living in Galaxy style pencil dresses and hee hiles!!

Nooch Tue 03-Mar-20 11:26:57

Judy and OP you both sound what I would call stylish. Unfortunately the word glamorous has negative associations for me and reminds me of the glamour models of the 90s and 00s. I also know someone who describes herself as glamorous and for her that means wearing too tight clothes with cleavage bulging out.

I think OP this was a compliment and this thread will help me reclaim the word and think of classy, stylish old school glamour rather than the associations I have.

puds11 Tue 03-Mar-20 11:36:39

@JMAngel1 please tell me where you got the galaxy dress!!

LesLavandes Tue 03-Mar-20 12:10:14


drina27 Tue 03-Mar-20 13:51:07

My hair is in a sharp bob, and always freshly washed/styled/very shiny, and I am thoughtful about putting outfits together - but I don't ever dress in what I would personally class as "glam" clothes. I don't own any sort of heeled footwear, never wear anything with a low neckline, and if I wear short skirts they're with 100 denier opaques.

That sounds preferable to “glamorous”. I actually dislike that word and what it suggests.

Comeinalready Tue 03-Mar-20 13:56:18

I've been told that too, but i guess im a bit vain and wouldn't be seen dead without make up and looking presentable. Lol just an over all nice looking appearance really, im my case, nice natural looking make up, small studs or no earrings nothing loud. Always pressed clothes, nice salon like hair with no greys showing lol and of course good posture and etiquette

Comeinalready Tue 03-Mar-20 13:58:36

So interesting reading what people consider glam. Where im from older actresses come to mind like Rita Hayworth or Audrey Hepburn

EoinMcLovesCakeJumper Tue 03-Mar-20 13:58:56

I think "glamorous" could be quite a nice word if it wasn't associated with glamour modelling. I always used to think it was more about the colours and textures of your clothing than about being conventionally pretty or slim. So cashmere, velvet, silk, fur (not ethical but you get what I mean), lace in rich colours = glamorous,
but polyester and acrylic in block colours = not glamorous. It's completely different to being stylish or fashionable.

squishedgrapes Tue 03-Mar-20 14:29:56

I've been told I'm glamorous when I'm nit feeling it. It usually happens if I'm wearing a dress, that might be it. Such a huge contrast to my usual jeans and DMs

itallwentwrongat30 Tue 03-Mar-20 15:17:16

Glamorous is what i am trying (and failing) to be a little bit more of! Lol

I spoke in another thread about a girl I know who just seems to be effortlessly glamorous. Always looks groomed no matter what - even when at/on her horse. She is curvy in all the right places (not just a jooglie middle like me! Hair is always done, make up is always done (but not extravagant) and just seems to look so good all the time

PurrBox Tue 03-Mar-20 15:27:34

Elegant and sort of lit from within. Nothing to do with make-up.

Ohyesiam Tue 03-Mar-20 15:29:33

Lots of money and good bone structure

Bella2020 Tue 03-Mar-20 15:36:12

To me, glamorous is nicely done make up with a red or dark lipstick, swept up hair and an occasion dress. Maybe something floor length or with sequins. Glamorous is more of a black-tie function type of look. It's that step up from being well groomed. Hope that makes sense?!

katebushscat Tue 03-Mar-20 15:38:16

Joanna lumley is glamorous to me. Or Joan Collins.

BookMeOnTheSudExpress Tue 03-Mar-20 15:44:23

Glamorous is Joan Collins to me too. Liz Taylor in later years. Glamorous is lots of make up, obvious makeup. Clothes that are more evening than daytime and a bit sequiny and blingy. Obvious monogrammed handbag. Bright colours.

What Judy has described is classy, stylish, timeless chic. Probably the opposite of what I think of when I think of the word glamorous tbh.

I'm not sure I'd take it as a compliment tbf. Though from someone who doesn't think a woman should eat biscuits I'd probably not care!

Grembolina Tue 03-Mar-20 15:45:12

I would say glamorous is someone who has made an effort with their appearance and it shows.

Nice makeup but not especially obvious, clean, tidy hair which has been styled, nice clothing which fits well and suits their style.

EoinMcLovesCakeJumper Tue 03-Mar-20 16:01:37

Funny how we all have different ideas about what it means. To me, Joan Collins' blingy look, trowelled-on makeup and overstyled hair is trashy, not glamorous. I would have said that free-flowing natural hair, as opposed to immovable helmet hair, was part of the look. Nigella Lawson is who I always thought epitomised glamour.

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