“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn. Well said Audrey, and if there is anyone out there who can break down elegance for us, it’s her! Elegance is a bit of a balancing act, isn’t it? We want grace, not stuffiness. We want inclusivity, not exclusivity. But sometimes the two get a bit muddied and it’s hard to navigate. What is a quick way to bring elegance into your life? Through the majesty of fashion, of course! Here are some quick tips about how to achieve The Elegant Wardrobe.
“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”
Nothing looks more elegant than a neutral colour-palette in my books. Whenever I find a piece that I like, my first question is – does this come in beige, taupe or cream? Listen, does your entire wardrobe need to be earthy tones? Absolutely not, but it does make it a lot easier to colour-match and look classically “put-together”, which in turn looks more elegant in my books.
Steam, Iron, Dry-Clean
I think that elegance is in large part about respecting the other people around you, and when you turn up in clean and well-pressed clothing, it shows that you care. You care about your first impression with them. You took the time to clean up for them, and that’s a beautiful thing!
Shop My Elegant Essentials
ERDEM A-LINE FLORAL-PRINT SKIRT
H&M Broderie anglaise dress
H&M Cotton wrap dress
H&M Linen Blend Dress
H&M Linen-blend shirt dress
ZIMMERMANN Cassia lace minidress
ZIMMERMANN Brighton lace midi dress
H&M Linen Dress
Timeless silhouettes vs. Trendy items
Don’t get me wrong, did I lust after the Bottega Chain Pouch when it came out? Yes of course (who didn’t) but there is an argument to be made about choosing pieces that will last your lifetime. It will A. Be much less expensive and B. Be better for the planet in the long-run if you choose pieces that aren’t too seasonal. A timeless silhouette is ageless and can often be dressed-up or down with the switch of a pair of shoes. So not only are you looking effortlessly chic, but you are saving money, time and the planet. Not a bad argument for elegant style, right?
Shop My Elegant Summer Fragrances
AERIN Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum
AERIN Hibiscus Palm Eau de Parfum
BYREDO Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum
AERIN Aegea Blossom Eau de Parfum
DIPTYQUE Philosykos Eau de Toilette
OK so this one isn’t distinctly fashion related, but I think it plays a role in the overall aesthetic of your elegant look. Nothing is more elegant than having your own scent that is effortlessly you. There are certain detergents that you can use for your clothing that I really can’t get enough of like Lenor Outdoorable fills your entire wardrobe with the most beautiful scent and I love AERIN Mediterranean Honeysuckle In Bloom perfume, especially for this time of year. It’s one of the first things people notice about you, and it sets the tone.
The queen famously drank from her finger bowl after seeing one of her foreign guests drink from it accidentally, thinking that it was part of their meal. She wanted to make him feel comfortable, and not embarrassed by the social blunder. That, my friends, is class and grace. Elegance is about making other people feel at ease, and this is something I always strive for in my business and social life.
What are your top tips for an elegant wardrobe? I’d love to know your take on it so let me know in the comments below.