Henry Macini’s “Moon River” plays in the background as a sophisticated Audrey Hepburn strolls the iconic streets of New York. This is the now-iconic opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A yellow taxi drops off Miss Holly Golightly in front of the jewelry giant’s storefront. Her neck delicately adorned with pearls, Holly pulls out her coffee and Danish pastry as she admires the display in the window.
It’s brilliant and makes me long for that Old Hollywood glamor of the 1960s. From the characterization of the stars Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, and Mickey Rooney, to the wonderful sets, music, and costumes, I’m drawn into the glamorous world of a past era.
Because I’ve watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s more times than I can count, and because I am attracted to the drama, style, and glamor of old Hollywood, I’ve thought of how I can incorporate that style and taste into my life, both with decor and fashion. Here’s how to bring old Hollywood glamor into your modern world.
Glam Your Space
It all starts with your space. If you have a taste for glamor, the easiest way to surround yourself with the appearance of luxury is to bring in some choice items to your decor. Here are a few ways that you can add more glamour into your interior spaces:
Whether with candles, curtains, or dramatic lighting, bring in a bit of sparkle to take the sophistication up a notch. I personally love the idea of having an elaborate crystal chandelier in the middle of your living room, dining room or even your bedroom, to make you feel like you’re living in the Old-Hollywood lap of luxury.
They help reflect light and they make your space seem doubled in size. The space will feel brighter with more soft light, and adds a lot of drama.
Royal pops of color
Deep blues, golds, and purples can all give your space a more glamorous feel. Intricate patterns, animal prints, and textures help too!
Glam Your Style
Just like the actress Audrey herself, Holly Golightly demonstrated classic style. That iconic black dress Audrey wore in the opening of the film was designed by Givenchy, who designed most of Audrey’s wardrobe, both in films and in her real life. It was sold in 2006 for a whopping $807,000. But unlike Audrey, you don’t have to spend a fortune to glam up your look.
Take note from leading ladies of the past and keep colors and lines simple and elegant. Enhance your natural features. Play up those gorgeous eyes of yours and choose your best shade of red lipstick. You can find beautiful vintage pieces at thrift stores or invest in a fabulous fitting LBD that you can wear for years to come.
Glam Your Life
Holly Golightly creates her alter ego and seeks to become her. While her character’s search for self-actualization makes her come across as a bit neurotic, we can learn from her lead. We can all add a touch of glamor to our lives by indulging our creative sides and being adventurous and brave.
Creating art and meaning, connecting with others, taking some classes. Be daring! Have breakfast in bed on the weekends and don’t forget to indulge in some rich sweets every once in a while! These are simple things in life, but they add spice and happiness. Don’t skimp on the small stuff.
At the end of the day, we love that Old Hollywood glamor, but glamor isn’t about being wealthy and buying a lot of expensive trappings. Glamor is a state of mind, a way of living creatively, while indulging our passions and our interests. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel like a queen, while living in a studio apartment. Just like Holly, you only have to dream big.