Top 10 Tuesday: Things Dita Von Teese Taught Me About Fashion and Beauty

Dita von Teese Dita von Teese at Cannes, 2007.

Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of god into people.

As part of your signature style decide on what people are going to know you for. Remember your style is your armour to face the world. It says, “Here I am.”

I know who I am and I’ve known for a long time

The most iconic woman in history know their strengths and weakness. They knew what to hide and what to highlight. They knew if they were sweet, classy, tomboy, glamourpuss, natural beauty.THESE WOMEN EMBRACED WHO THEY WERE AND THEY DIDN’T CARE WHAT ANYONE THOUGHT. They just were. They knew who they were on the inside, what they wore was just the last step in process before heading out the door.

Ignore the critics, only mediocrity is safe from ridicule. Dare to be different!

Don’t play safe with your style. Don’t blindly follow trends or “What’s hot” lists. Find confidence and comfort in not only being yourself, but also taking risks and stretching yourself outside your comfort zone.

Glamour isn’t about age, shape or size. You don’t have to be pretty to have it.

Anyone can live the glamorous life. Embrace it. There is no expiration date or must be this tall to go on this ride.

You can be a delicious, ripe peach and there will still be people in the world that hate peaches.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts you just not going to endear yourself to some people. People know what they like it is embedded into their self-conscious, built from a lifetime of experience.

I advocate glamour, every day. Every minute.

Glamour can come from a pair of diamond stud earrings, a swipe of red lipstick or an expertly drawn cat’s eye.Even a pricey bra.  Don’t shy away from it. Wear at least one small thing…everyday that makes you feel glamorous.

People who follow all the rules and chase every trend tend to be forgotten. They look great, but they’re not as memorable.

Don’t be afraid to wear the kooky, the quirky, as long as it speaks to you.

I feel like everyone’s trying to make things simplier, and I like things that are intricate and detailed and fancy!

Leaning towards a minimalist style is not always a bad thing, BUT if you are doing so because you are afraid to wear fancy tings, rethink your opinion. Of course in a business setting you have to err on the side of conservative, but don’t be afraid to add a vintage pin of colourful scarf.

If I admire someone, I prefer to see them at their best. I don’t want to see a woman that I think of as glamorous in the grocery store wearing sweatpants and a ripped T-shirt.

Ditto.

True sexiness has many facets. The elements include things like confidence, strength, intelligence, and humor.

You can be dressed ead to toe with the latest trends from the hottest designers and STILL not feel sexy. Why? Because sexiness is not just wearing lingerie or heels or makeup…it – comes from inside. And if you are lacking in confidence, strength, even if you spend thousands of dollars on net-a-porter, it isn’t going to matter. Your mother was right, “It is what’s on the inside that counts.”

You can pre-order Dita von Teese’s latest book, Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour here.