5 Easy Steps to Effortless Elegance
Beautiful events of last weekend brought us enough style and elegance to last a year! Yes, I am off course talking about the Royal Wedding! How gorgeous was that? This was as much a gathering of Hollywood royalty as real royalty! Meghan Markle’s modern and minimalist wedding gown confirmed her as an irreplaceable style icon.
But what is elegance? The Oxford English Dictionary defines elegance as “the quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner”. Elegance is not just about what you wear, it’s about how you wear it and, even more importantly, how you behave while wearing it. Being elegant is about showing your true self, your personality and manners, it’s about you defining the clothes and not the other way around. Grace Kelly, Coco Channel, Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham, Kate Midleton, Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle certainly have the natural elegance about them.
While being elegant is about who you are, there are ways you could make sure your style and appearance show your elegant style. Often we fall short of ideas on how to look stylish and elegant, but fortunately there are some simple guidelines around how to put that effortless put-together look. Let me show you the basic steps to get gorgeous results without stress.
1. Know Your Body Shape: Wear the Clothes That Fit You Properly
To look fabulous you do not need to be size “0”. In fact, it doesn’t matter at all what size you are. Every woman is beautiful in her own way. You just need to know how to show off your assets and hide your imperfections and all of us have both! The right clothes will flatter your silhouette, will make you look younger, fitter and more put together. You must know your body shape and select outfits that compliment it. Remember, effortless style is never done without the right fit!
2. Know Your Colour Palette: What Colours Suit You Best
Find out your colour palette and see which colours complement your skin tone, hair colour and eye colour the best. The wrong colour choice will give you a dull, worn-out complexion, whereas selecting the right colours will elevate the beauty of your natural features, and make you look and feel glowing and radiant.
3. Keep it Simple: Less is More
I must admit from time to time I do love my chunky jewellery and bright accessories, but if you want to keep it effortlessly elegant “LESS is definitely MORE”. Coco Chanel said ”Simplicity is a key note of all true elegance”, so select items that complement your beauty and aren’t too distractive. Well selected elegant piece of jewellery or a classy scarf will add more oomph to your overall look then something that is too flashy.
4. Quality over Quantity: Chose Your Investment Pieces Well
Buy less but invest in good quality basics. Build your capsule wardrobe with solid classy items. Avoid synthetic and instead look for natural fabrics, such as silk, wool, cotton. Good quality does not mean designer labels! You could find good quality basics for a very affordable price in shops such as Zara, Massimo Duti, TK Max - just to name a few.
5. Find a Good Tailor! Good Tailor is a "MUST-have" Member of Your Support Team
A great tailor can transform ordinary pieces into an outstanding well fitted outfit. Adding a good tailor to your rolodex is very important if you are trying to achieve effortless elegance.
To truly achieve effortless elegance, remember quality trumps quantity, understated trumps flashy, and classic trumps trendy.