Boudoir Inspiration from Old Hollywood

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Hunched over my laptop in the middle of my very beige kitchen in whatever leggings I picked up off the floor this morning, I feel the need for some glamour. A specific sort of at-home glamour, one that involves silken loungewear and fussy lamps and toiletries with art decor lines. I want a boudoir. Fortunately, the archives are absolutely chockful of publicity shots of contract players from the studios of Old Hollywood, which provide ample inspiration for this vibe. Perhaps you, too, would be interested?

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The number-one ingredient: attitude

The number-one ingredient: attitude

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Technically this is less a “boudoir” than a “living room.” That does not matter. Why not simply make your entire home into one giant boudoir? Anything can be a boudoir with the right posture, loungewear, and—most important of all—attitude. Here we see the absolutely perfect cocktail of sensual languor and plush surroundings with a bit of a mismatched aspect. In this particular instance, there’s also a little dash of brattiness, which is not a requirement but does add a nice little spice.

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Also important: lavish scents

Also important: lavish scents

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Another absolutely essential element of the proper boudoir vibe: scents. This woman has amassed an impressive collection of elaborate perfume jars that really add to the ambiance both visually and olfactory. However, you could also opt for a simpler approach with some fresh flowers, a lavender sachet, a variety of hand creams, whatever.

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Idea: giant mirror!

Idea: giant mirror!

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Personally, I am trying to reduce the amount of time I spend staring into mirrors, because it just makes me notice the fine lines that are rapidly becoming proper wrinkles. However, I must acknowledge such an ornate mirror creates a luxury atmosphere and would make any small room feel more palatial, as well as lending bordello vibes. Bonus points for those art deco pajamas.

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Don’t forget the costuming

Don’t forget the costuming

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Now, this one confuses me, because this really looks more like a spot in the entrance for quick touch-ups before you go out and after you remove your hat. However, that beautiful lace-trimmed negligee really says “in for the night.” (As well as, “stay four feet away from any candles or other open flames.”) I guess you could be greeting, ahem, a guest—though please, only if they are in your quarantine bubble. Please canoodle responsibly.

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Go forth!

Go forth!

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Best of luck, please report back.

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