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the essential guide to elegant style

12th May 2021
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 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.

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?

SCENT

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.

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  • Martina
    6th July 2021 at 1:42 pm

    A simple thank you and a quick question.
    What do you use to steam your clothes? I need an alternative to always taking out the big iron and board 😀

  • Sandra
    25th May 2021 at 12:36 am

    Lydia, I am So IMPRESSED with your YEST for Improvement and Continual Growth in you Career Endeavors! I am 56 years of age and I follow you on ALL of your Sites, especially your Vlogs. I just lost my Little Guy(HENRY James) on Dec.14th who was 15 and 5wks old and I love watching not only yours and Ali’s

  • Adele
    24th May 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Like you, I prefer neutrals, muted tones, black or white, as opposed to brights. My top tips for an elegant wardrobe would be to buy into good quality classics. Silhouettes are important, as are fabrications – steer clear of polyester!
    Warmest wishes, Adele x

  • Lisa Autumn
    16th May 2021 at 11:52 am

    Timeless silhouettes are everything! You are right x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • Lydia
      17th May 2021 at 10:16 am

      Aren’t they just! x

  • Darianne
    14th May 2021 at 3:56 pm

    As always, I am speechless. Lydia, you are glowing and you look absolutely stunning! That Zimmerann dress looks beautiful and more beautiful on you. When I see a piece I like, I always ask the same question: does this come in beige, taupe or cream? I find a neutral wardrobe to be perfect for every occasion and getting dressed is easier even though we never really have anything to wear. lol As for scents, I fell in love with a brand called Oakcha. They’re extremely inexpensive, but they are luxurious and long lasting. This was such a wonderful read! x

    Darianne | http://www.romancealacreme.com

    • Lydia
      17th May 2021 at 10:16 am

      You are so so kind Darianne, thank you for your positivity! I will have to check out that brand x

  • valeria
    12th May 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks alot you inspire me alot , I am 45 and I thanks for all your content , I will try to runn and have your green Juice, I always change like you my deco and in love with my mini green house in my kitchen .you made my winter lovely Thanks alot !!

    • Lydia
      17th May 2021 at 10:15 am

      Thank you so much Valeria! x

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