Why glamour?

“Why not? You should live to the best of your abilities and, yes, living glamorously requires effort and time more than money. But I believe it is important to maintain high standards when it comes to taking care of yourself and the way you dress and live – particularly now as the world becomes increasingly informal and lackadaisical.

When I was growing up there were occasions when you simply had to dress up and make an effort – simple things like going to church, traveling by plane, Sunday lunch with the family. Dressing up gave these occasions a certain importance – it made those little things more glamorous and I miss that. Just think about traveling, how thirty years ago people wore their best suits and outfits to travel. Now tracksuits are the norm.

Nowadays you can even wear jeans to most offices and families don’t sit down to eat their meal together. It has nothing to do with money. It simply has to do with choices you make. Believe me, you certainly won’t catch me dead in trainers and in sneakers outside the gym. Scruffy is unacceptable.

What makes me feel instantly glamorous? Freshly washed and blow-dried hair. A new lipgloss – not lipstick but gloss – very important! A new handbag or a pair of shoes. But I wouldn’t describe glamour as a particular object so much as a sensation: the feeling of silk, a glass of champagne, a pair of gold heels.

It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your life. If you at least make an effort to look your best, and if you keep your surroundings looking good, you will feel a lot better than you would otherwise. Believe me!”

That was Donatella Versace for Rachel Zoe’s book “Style A to Zoe” answering the question “Why glamour? Why bother?”. I couldn’t agree more.

photo: Barnes

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