Which brings me to my question: Where has glamour gone, and where can I get some?
An odd question, for a cold, gray Monday morning in February. Perhaps it's the time of year. I've made it through several months of cold and snow, and I'm tired of seeing people dressed only in shades of gray and black. I'm ready to tell winter to Bite Me.
Or, more likely, it's because I've just finished watching all four seasons of the TV show Mad Men. Three years after everyone else watched it and talked about it, we started, and became completely hooked.
I'm sorry Lost, you just moved into second place.
The show has left an indelible mark on me. There are so many things I like: the familiar shenanigans of agency life (nothing changes); the flawed characters; the drinking of scotch in the morning; the acceptably full-figured women. But the thing I find the most alluring about the show, is the fashion. Or, more specifically, the glamour.
So much glamour oozing out of every scene. And, doesn't matter who it is, or what they're doing, there's an element of it in everyone. Betty driving to the store in her cashmere coat and pearls. Joan strutting through the office in one of her form-fitting dresses. Don meeting a client (or woman). Trudy, nine months pregnant and wearing the most incredibly bouncy, ruffly peach babydoll nightgown imaginable.
Not to get swept up in my TV bubble (too late), but Mad Men really captures the style of the era. There's something untouchable about the sixties. Fashion was revolutionary back then. Styles were new, but really new - not just a rehashed version of something we've already seen. It must have been so exciting.
I feel almost inappropriate or unrealistic - asking for glamour. It's not as though my weekly routine requires anything more than a pair of jeans and some comfortable shoes. Still, there has to be room in there somewhere, for a little. Right?
I don't even suit red lipstick, and I can't walk in high heels without looking like I'm in pain from the waist down, but screw it, I want some of that overly-feminine, swishy gown, polished hair-do, false eyelash, magic. Dammit I'm gonna get me some.
Images from amctv.com.
Are you glamorous? How do you do it?