Reading the novel Elegance by Katleen Tessaro, I was inspired to write this blog post. What is elegance? The dictionary discribes elegance as the following:
elegance or elegancy (ˈɛlɪɡəns)
— n , pl -gances , -gancies
1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour
2. good taste in design, style, arrangement, etc
3. something elegant; a refinement
Grace Kelly had it, Jackie O had it, but most importantly how do you get it. There is one thing for sure, unlike being e super model, elegance is attainable for everyone. While the leading thought behind everything fashion is confidence. Elegance does require some work and in Mrs. Geneviève Antoine-Dariaux’s book, A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions she shows her readers how to truly embody elegance. The book also reminded me a lot of the 1964 movie My Fair Lady which is about a professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. A total must see !
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The book Elegance also really got me thinking about my wardrobe. Being in your late twenties is just the right time to venture into the world of elegance. You’re not a teen (anti-fashion follower) rebel anymore. Your college (always wearing hoodies) party days are behind you. Your all grown up and you start realizing that your clothing are indeed representation of you. You start to shop buying clothes, but do you have a strategy?
For example according to Madame Dariaux the difference between the wardrobe closet of a French woman versus that of a British woman is that the French has less items than the English. However the English wardrobe is of far less quality/price than that of the French. So when buying clothing is concerned you have two options: buy less of higher quality to wear often OR buy more of lesser quality and wear less often. So, what type of closet do you have?