Because You Can

How to be glam every single day.

Clockwise from top left: Jeffrey Campbell Boots via Show Biz; Lulu and Your Mom; Fern and Moss; David Bowie via Glam Candy.

Glittery elevator boots looked great on the Runaways, but wear them in your day-to-day and you risk looking like you got lost on your way to the KISS convention. The Chloe boots worn here by Lulu give you those extra six inches of height you’ve been craving, or you can try Jeffrey Campbell’s version for like a tenth of the price.

Clockwise from top left: Patti Smith via Feature Inc; Julia Sarr-Jamois via Vodiv; Chloe Sevigny from Vogue UK, May 2002, via; Viva and International Velvet via Rats Star.

Corkscrew curls are the unofficial hair of glam rock. If you’re not lucky enough to have natural curls, then a set of hot rollers is your new best friend. The curls will start out nice and springy like Chloe’s, and then devolve into loose waves over the course of a night (or two). You can also spray your curls with a cheap aerosol hairspray and then brush through them to get that poufy, frizzy Sonia Rykiel texture. (Make sure you use cheap hairspray for this! The expensive kind is made to brush out cleanly and you won’t get the same volume. I use Aqua Net because my mom told me that in the ’60s it was the bad girls’ hairspray of choice.) As for Patti Smith’s hairdo, all she needed for that was a pair of cheap kitchen scissors and a photo of Keith Richards.

Clockwise from top left: Hanneli Mustaparta via StyleCaster; Kate Moss via; Your Humble Correspondent; Bianca Jagger via Kate Stark Style.

Fur—vintage or fake—can be the ultimate in glamour, but go too gigantic or too brightly colored and suddenly you’re coming over all Muppet. Stick to black or white for subtlety’s sake, and if a whole coat is a bit much, then look for a simple fur stole at antique stores and church sales—that’s where I found the Mongolian lamb scarf I’m wearing above. It’s the warmest, softest thing I’ve ever owned and it makes me feel like Penny Lane.

Clockwise from top left: Twiggy shot by Barry Lategan on Vogue UK, March 1974; Unknown model and Anjelica Huston via Miss Moss; Frida Gustavsson via my Tumblr.

Stars. Stars are good. Buy star barrettes and wear them in your hair, buy gold star stickers and stick them on your face, look for stars on sweaters and skirts, or take a tip from Frida and use liquid eyeliner to draw tiny little stars just under your eyes, with little to no other makeup. Perfect.

Clockwise from top left: Cristiani Senni by Gianna Turilazzi in Vogue Italia, April 1971; L.A. Knockers; ME!; unknown model via A Little Ship of Dreams.

I love the idea of dressing down those hottest of all pants—that’s right, I’m talking about HOT PANTS. Girls in New York wear theirs year round with tights, tucked-in T-shirts, and lace-up boots. Etsy has tons of sellers who specialize in deadstock ’70s clothes, so try searching there first—deals do come up if you’re patient. I found the star jorts I’m wearing above for 10 bucks, completely unworn, and I can’t go anywhere without people offering to buy them right off my butt.

Clockwise from top left: Lisa Eldridge; Chanel Iman in Lula, spring/summer 2009, photographed by Damon Heath; Kate Moss in Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces; Missoni Fall 2011 via

Glam makeup was dramatic and darkly colorful: brick-colored lips, olive eye shadows, huge fake lashes, a striking sweep of fuchsia over the cheekbones. It’s a great look, but it might be a bit much for math class, you know? Luckily you can still get elements of the look in a subtle way: a dramatic dark lip (try Scarlet Empress by NARS or Penelope’s Red by L’Oreal), two layers of a good, deep inky black mascara (Phenomen’Eyes by Givenchy is amazing!), and a tiny little smattering of glitter on your cheeks in lieu of blush and you’re done. ♦


  • Susann January 3rd, 2012 3:07 PM

    Great post – I think I should glam up my everyday looks even more and try some heavier make-up and faux fur! :)

    xx, Susann

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  • soybrain January 3rd, 2012 4:18 PM

    awsome! this really inspired me. I think I’m gonna glam-up my life a little…

  • Marguerite January 3rd, 2012 4:35 PM

    deff gonna try the stars under my eyes!

  • desertboots January 3rd, 2012 4:54 PM

    actually, next to patti smith is julia sarr-jamois, the editor of wonderland and owner of the world’s bitchin-est afro :)

    • Anaheed January 3rd, 2012 5:06 PM

      Thanks! We’ll add her name to the caption.

  • broguishrogue January 3rd, 2012 5:01 PM

    so so so so so (so’s go on infinitely) GOOD

  • RockHatesMiriam January 3rd, 2012 5:28 PM

    Loooooove this! ‘Because you can’ has been my unofficial style motto for a while now, and besides, it’s surprising and interesting to get fully dolled up to go to the supermarket or whatever…
    I also love the idea of looking lime a walking editorial from a 70s vogue! Great Post! <3

    • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:42 PM

      This made my day — thank you darling!

    • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:43 PM

      Really liked your blog and post on AbFab by the way!

  • MissKnowItAll January 3rd, 2012 5:31 PM

    Reading this makes me appreciate my afro-esque hair

  • Marlena January 3rd, 2012 6:31 PM

    This post has made me realize just how badly I need a pair of glittery hot pants!! *.*

  • DakDak January 3rd, 2012 6:52 PM

    Loved every bit of it! Very Gypsy gorgeous-ness.

  • Fortune_Goddess January 3rd, 2012 7:41 PM

    Hot Pants!!! Hurray!

  • witch-season January 3rd, 2012 8:45 PM

    How do you edit the pictures to make them another one composed of four? Do you use Photoshop?

    • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:25 PM

      Yep, I use Photoshop! I’m no expert in it, I just drag the photos in and move them around until it looks presentable :)

  • I.ila January 3rd, 2012 9:00 PM

    Um, excuse me. “Girls in NY wear hot pants all year round”??????? What. No we don’t. Sure, people don’t mind wearing hot pants all year, but not everyone wears hot pants with tights and lace up boots. This is my first negative comment, but that is just a weird sentence that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. I would love you to remove it.

    • Jamie January 4th, 2012 1:54 AM

      i think by “girls in ny” she meant girls in a general sense, as in, “some girls in ny”

      and indeed, some girls in new york look fly in their hotpants year round.

      • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:29 PM

        Yeah, I definitely don’t mean to say that every girl does — but a lot of girls on my train do! That’s one of the things I love about girls in New York, how they wear out-of-season clothes all year round by layering them up with tights, scarves, etc. I find it super inspiring.

  • sedgwick January 3rd, 2012 10:06 PM

    A while ago i found this tutorial for a eye makeup look at some runway show (possibly Givenchy??), where they put half a SEQUIN on the model’s top and bottom eyelid, which i thought looked vaguely glam rock. It looks a little tricky but it would be so cool if anyone tried it!

  • Dylan January 3rd, 2012 10:23 PM

    I might cry. This is perfection.

    • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:41 PM

      Gah, I love you – thanks!!

  • Amy Rose January 3rd, 2012 10:25 PM

    all these photos and ideas are insane-style inspiration.

  • Jamie January 4th, 2012 1:52 AM

    sad i have work tomorrow. i have the perfect glittery hot pants that i’ve been looking for a way to wear, no joke

    • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:34 PM

      If only we could all have jobs where hot pants were appropriate workwear — rollergirl waitress? 70s airline hostess? Wonder Woman?

  • Nikilodeon January 4th, 2012 2:09 AM

    These ideas seem really cool and I’d love to actually wear this stuff, but for some reason it doesn’t feel doable! :( Well I dunno, maybe that’s just me, but how do you find the confidence to wear something like this?

    • Leeann January 9th, 2012 2:41 PM

      I know what you mean — I used to have a mini-crisis every time I got dressed where I’d ask myself, “but is this ME?!” I think I was afraid of sticking out or looking like I was trying too hard. At some point I decided that if I liked something, then it was “me”, and I should wear it no matter what people might say or think. I think when I started doing that, I became a much better and more adventuresome dresser. Try little risks and wear what you like… the confidence will come from that.

  • SarahC January 4th, 2012 11:36 AM

    Great post! I’ll definitely be trying out the eyeliner stars technique. I simply MUST buy myself a pair of hotpants, oh my! Thanks for the inspiration xxx

  • smilingrottenflesh January 4th, 2012 1:49 PM

    love the star motif spotlight!

  • FashionPhilosophy January 5th, 2012 4:08 PM

    I really like it. The stars are just: Whoah.
    Btw. it could look quite interesting with all these styletips together. Hell Yeah!

  • judylouise January 5th, 2012 4:44 PM


  • SweetThangVintage January 14th, 2012 11:19 AM

    This is my inspiration for tonight! I’m wearing curlers in my hair right now. :)