Charm is often described as the ability to make others feel like they are the most important person in the world to you. In the mid-20th-century, charm schools taught women social graces and poise. While often associated with the upper crust, many working and middle-class department stores, including Sears, offered charm courses. In modern times, these lessons help develop the confidence you need to be successful at home, in your career, socially…basically anytime you interact with others.

Glamorous Lifestyle Project

How to Influence Others Using Charm

How to Influence Others Using Charm

"Our influence is in direct proportion to our charm." - Margery Wilson, Charm, 1928 Updated and expanded, February 2023 Dear ...
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Being Feminine is Your Most Powerful Asset

Nature has blessed you with your femininity. That's your first asset. The mere fact that you were born a woman ...
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The Power of a Teacup

I started using a fine china cup and saucer at work. You'd think it was just a teacup, right? But ...
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How to be a Charming Introvert

Dear Friends, I have a confession: I am an off-the-scale introvert. No, really, I am. People are always shocked to ...
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Hollywood Style Image Management

According to glamour guru Eleanore Brody King, Hollywood studios in the late 1930s could "take an awkward, ill-at-ease person and ...
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Our Own Little Secret Goal {Glamorous Whole Life Makeover}

How many times have you shared a goal with someone so that you could be held accountable? Most goal setting ...
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Developing Charm Is About Developing Personal Power

Whenever I write about charm, poise, or glamour, I receive some push-back that this is the 21st century and women ...
You Speak...But Do They Listen?

You Speak…But Do They Listen?

When The Mister picked me up from work yesterday, a professor that I know made a quip about wishing he ...
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How Are You Physically Interacting with the World Around You?

In my "magical pony land," I glide through life--always so graceful that people are entranced by my effortless elegance. Alas, ...
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Food: Then and Now {Awareness}

I'll admit it: I love laughing at some of the Mid-century photos of the food and wondering what they were ...

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Etiquette and Good Manners

What the...?? Why Digital Age Language Etiquette Matters

What the…?? Why Digital Age Language Etiquette Matters

Is it just me? Or does it seem like language in the digital age has become rather crude? Even some ...
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How to Behave When Eating Out

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, I narrowly escaped an awkward moment when I was a dinner guest of my ...
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A Handwritten Letter is a Blessing

Dear Friends, Last week, I received a thank you note from a retiring colleague. That may seem like a run-of-the-mill ...
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Is Gossip Really “Idle?”

Sharing the latest gossip--especially on social media--seems like an innocent activity, right? But what if it isn't so innocent after ...
Why Handwritten Christmas Cards Still Matter

Why Handwritten Christmas Cards Still Matter

Yesterday, I received a letter in my mailbox at work that was a bit out of the ordinary. When I ...
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Retro Super Bowl Party Ideas

Hosting a Super Bowl party?  No need to buy those cheap plastic football doo-dads at Party City!  Go retro with ...

Yes, You May Drink Your Soup…But Only If…

Dear Friends, Have you ever found yourself in this type of situation? You are at a professional or social event ...
How To Be The Houseguest From H-E-Double-Toothpicks

How To Be The Houseguest From H-E-Double-Toothpicks

Dear Friends, Since summer has arrived and (lucky) people are invited to spend a weekend at friends' and family members' ...
Theatrical Thursday: Writing Better Social Letters (1950)

Theatrical Thursday: Writing Better Social Letters (1950)

Dear Friends, According to a front page story in today's Wall Street Journal, the use of "dear" has fallen by ...
When Someone You Love Dies

When Someone You Love Dies

My maternal grandfather died a couple of hours ago. He was 96 years old and had escaped from death's door ...

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What You Should Wear

Do women even wear slips anymore? This article highlights three reasons why you should wear a slip. Plus a bonus reason thrown in for good measure. #underdresses #classylady #HowToBeALady

3 Beautiful Reasons Why You Need to Wear A Slip

It seems like no one is wearing a slip under their dresses or skirts anymore. In fact, if you're a ...
How To Make Your Waist Appear Smaller Than It Is

How To Make Your Waist Appear Smaller Than It Is

Dear Friends, Have you ever tried on a midcentury dress that fits beautifully everywhere—except for the waist? You are not ...
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How to Eliminate that Saddle Bag Look

Clothes that accent the width of the shoulders are flattering to [pear shaped] hips because they balance the low hip ...
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How to Go From Frumpy to Fabulous

You can wear a larger variety of lines in your clothes than any other figure type; but remember that while ...
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How to Visually Overcome Prominent Hips

Waist-slimming lines are generally flattering to your figure, but if your upper hips are pronounced to a marked degree, you ...
Do You Really Know What Your Figure Looks Like ModernRetroWoman.com

Do You Really Know What Your Figure Looks Like?

Beyond the fact that all women have such things as shoulders, waists, and hips, practically anything can happen. Nature, in ...
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Is Your Outfit Fighting Your Figure?

Seeing is believing; but when you look at lines, seeing is deceiving...Optical illusions do not confine themselves to such things ...
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It’s Throw Out Your Underwear Day! {Only Wear Beautiful Clothes}

It is New Year's Eve. A time when people start saying "out with the old and in with the new!" ...
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I was at the fabric store with The Mister earlier today. (I know. I'm wondering what he's up to, also ...
"D" is for Discreet Elegance {Only Wear Beautiful Clothes}

“D” is for Discreet Elegance {Only Wear Beautiful Clothes}

Our elegance mentor, Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, teaches us that discretion is "a sort of refined good taste" and is often ...

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Vintage Beauty Tips

1950s Charm School: Model Posture For Health and Beauty

1950s Charm School: Model Posture For Health and Beauty

Posture can make or break a beauty. ~ John Robert Powers, Secrets of Poise, Personality, and Model Beauty Dear Kindred ...
You Are Not Born Glamorous, Beauty is Created

You Are Not Born Glamorous, Beauty is Created

Dear Friends, Our mid-century mentors are adamant about the fact that outward beauty is created from the inside out. What ...
The Interrelation Between Inner and Outer Self

The Interrelation Between Inner and Outer Self

The fascinating stranger that is your inner self--can refashion you to new happiness. Dear Friends, A Pond's Cold Cream advertisement ...
1950s Charm School: Eating for Loveliness

1950s Charm School: Eating for Loveliness

Another important point to keep in mind as you diet is this: Don't let one violation of your diet program ...
1950s Charm School: Grooming for Confidence

1950s Charm School: Grooming for Confidence

No man has a right to expect others to display confidence in him if he has no confidence in himself ...
1950s Charm School: Fountain of Eternal Charm

1950s Charm School: Fountain of Eternal Charm

Since a woman is the sum total of her experience, every year of her life can add to her charm ...
1950s Charm School: Beauty is a By-Product of Good Health

1950s Charm School: Beauty is a By-Product of Good Health

The figure should be better than ever now, but needs care to retain its firmness. Muscle-toning exercises are important even ...
There Is No Excuse For Self-Neglect

There Is No Excuse For Self-Neglect

The time that used to be available for beauty routines, reading, and personal pleasures seem to be swallowed up by ...
1950s Charm School: At What Age Is A Woman Really At Her Best?

1950s Charm School: At What Age Is A Woman Really At Her Best?

At what age is a woman really at her best? This is a question that will arouse debate in all ...
1950s Charm School: Creating An Aura of Magnificence™

1950s Charm School: Creating An Aura of Magnificence™

As you eliminate the negative aspects of your appearance and your personality, you must continue to accentuate the positive. Not ...

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