Pink Dress: Glamour

how to look glam over 40

For the second part of my 3-part series featuring this fitted, pink dress I decided to go for full-on glamour. So, what you see here is me channeling the early 60’s Italian movie stars…
This look is elegant and sophisticated rather than revealing or in-you-face-sexy. So, to counteract the attention-grabbing hot pink of the dress, I have to keep everything else muted, streamlined and clutter-free.

retro dress over 40

As you can see, it’s not just the dress that is the same as in the previous look but also the shoes and the bag. That is on purpose, of course, as I want to demonstrate that really small changes can make a huge difference. So, I’ve added sunglasses, pearl ear rings, a brooch and a coat (which you’ve seen so many times that you must be tired of it by now).

rhinestone brooch

With an elegant, glamorous look, it is important to keep the jewellery simple and understated. A few carefully selected pieces are enough. So, choose either ear rings or a necklace, not both.

glam over 50

I am wearing

dress: L.K.Bennett (old) / coat: Marks & Spencer (A/W 2014) / bag: Michael Kors (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) / sunglasses: Prada (old) / ear rings: Thomas Sabo / brooch: Swarowski (old) / leather flower pin: Viaminnet

Do you like glamorous looks?


Linking up with: Throwback Thursday, I Feel Pretty, What I Wore, Fun Fashion Friday, Passion4Fashion, Visible Monday


  1. Coco
    March 4, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    You look incredibly elegant Tiina!Baci,Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

    • Tiina L
      March 5, 2015 / 6:30 am

      Thanks! Yes, I glam up nicely…

  2. Suzanne Carillo
    March 4, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    You look very sophisticated here. Old glam style. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      March 5, 2015 / 6:31 am

      Thanks, Suzanne! Well, that old movie star glamour was my inspiration here.

  3. Connie
    March 4, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    This truly is full on glamour! I love the mid-century brooch.

    • Tiina L
      March 5, 2015 / 6:34 am

      Thanks, Connie! I was inspired by the early 60s style… the brooch is actually just a few years old (Swarovski), but the style was definitely inspired by mid-century designs.

  4. Natalia Lialina
    March 4, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    This coat is so beautiful, I can hardly get tired of seeing it! Love this look as well. I'm not sure I always understand what "glamorous" means… often, when something is described as "glam", it seems cold and commercial or unapproachable to me, and that I am not crazy about (even though it can be beautiful). But with the choices of colors here, I don't see your look as cold or unapproachable. Elegant – yes, Beautiful – yes. Glamorous – I guess I'm lost there. 🙂 xxx

    • Tiina L
      March 5, 2015 / 6:40 am

      Thanks, Natalia. Yes, I can see the problem with semantics. 'Glamour' is being used to describe all sorts of things, some of them very contrived and fake, some even quite seedy and in bad taste. That's why I think we need to reclaim the word and reintroduce it in its original sense: the elegance and sophistication of the movie stars of the past, the wow factor that made them so compelling… Let's just say I've always had a soft spot for the 50s-60s styles…

  5. Cali369
    March 4, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Love this look and the coat is sublime, everytime I see it I want to buy one!

    • Tiina L
      March 5, 2015 / 6:40 am

      Thanks! I'm getting very fond of that coat, too. it's incredibly versatile.

  6. Porcelina
    March 5, 2015 / 9:10 am

    The combination of colours you've put together here is just stunning! x

    • Tiina L
      March 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

      Thank you so much!

  7. Jasmine Rabuñal Barrientos
    March 5, 2015 / 11:10 am

    So beautiful this color combo. The coat goes perfectly with the dress. Have a great day!Jasmine xFor a Real Woman

    • Tiina L
      March 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

      Thank you, Jasmine. I love this coat: it goes with anything…

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    March 5, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Love the color of your coat, and I am all about brooches, so yours are so lovely,love the pairing of the pinks with the blue. Glam for sure!from the link up, please stop by, jess xx

    • Tiina L
      March 6, 2015 / 5:03 am

      Thanks, Jessica. I have quite a collection of brooches (there's this one fantastic shop in London, and I simply can't pass it without getting another one…) and I'm trying to find ways to wear them more.

  9. Beata B
    March 5, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Great look ! Love that dress . You look stunning 🙂 x

    • Tiina L
      March 6, 2015 / 5:03 am

      Thanks, Beata! This is one of my favourite dresses, maybe I should wear it more.

  10. Linda
    March 5, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Tiina, you look radiant. Very beautiful and elegant. 🙂

    • Tiina L
      March 6, 2015 / 5:04 am

      Thanks, Linda!

  11. Dawn Lucy
    March 7, 2015 / 12:28 am

    Loving the 60s glam look. That jacket is perfect with the dress. Thanks for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday! OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      March 7, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks, I love the 60s styles, so elegant…

  12. Alice Warren
    March 8, 2015 / 12:59 am

    This is such a beautiful glamours look on you. Adding the floral pin adds such a great touch to it.Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.comHope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Tiina L
      March 9, 2015 / 8:37 am

      Thanks, Alice!

  13. Patti
    March 8, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Yes, very 60's old-school glamor – you look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

    • Tiina L
      March 9, 2015 / 8:38 am

      Thanks, Patti!

  14. Rachel
    March 9, 2015 / 2:19 am

    This is a particularly fabulous dress– a classy design in an eye-catching color make a perfect combo!

    • Tiina L
      March 9, 2015 / 8:39 am

      Thank you, Rachel. I love this colour, but as it is very strong, it's best to keep everything else simple.

  15. Marea Dotz
    March 9, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Just thinking how beautiful your pink dress would look under my black satin coat I wrote about. Hmmm. Maybe I'll go to that opera after all.

    • Tiina L
      March 10, 2015 / 7:57 am

      Hmm, now I want to get an opera coat…

  16. Jan Graham-McMillen
    March 11, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Yup … pretty much defines classic glamour! You look wonderful in ways a less curvaceous woman would not. Beautifully styled, and such a lovely, "you" color. You look the complete movie star. Can I have your autograph, please?

    • Tiina L
      March 11, 2015 / 3:58 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Jan, for your sweet words!

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