photography Mila Ritz
WORDS NINA CALLOWAY
Being elegant is all about style, sophistication, polished etiquette, grace and finesse. Make your inner sophistication and stylishness stand out by dressing better, following proper etiquette, using sophisticated language and giving right body signals to others. Wondering how some women always look so pulled together? We all have a friend like this. Heads turn as she walks down the street and she leaves a scent of perfume in her wake. Her nails are perfectly manicured, she wears sunglasses on her head and her diamond studs are small enough to be real but large enough to be noticed.
So what is it about her that makes her stand out from the crowd? She may not be wealthy but she has an aura of sophistication about her. Here are some of the very basic things you need to know.
Develop A Sense Of Style
Being fashionable is a necessity. Try reading more fashion magazines to understand the kinds of clothing that go well together and how to put together a classy outfit. Make sure that you develop your own fashion style and make your own posh statement. Avoid anything which you feel doesn’t compliment you. It is advisable to have a personal style than chasing a ‘fad’ look.
You don’t need to have a lot of money, or any for that matter to be a classy woman. Simply take pride in what you do own always and put on your best face when you go out into the world. Always wear clean clothes, freshly pressed with no threads, rips, stains or fading. Wear neatly put together outfit that you know looks good and throw on a few natural-looking basics such as a bit of mascara, a neutral shade of lipstick (or gloss), and just a hint of blush.
If her wardrobe is made only of black, it’s not because she’s in mourning, quite the opposite actually – black is the colour of celebration, the colour of nights that never end, of women who pull the blinds to shut out the dawn. A long, dark silhouette, slender and elegant. Even a white can appear like a stain on this darkened tableau. Paris has found a name for this particular style – Yves Saint Laurent used to say : “There’s not one black, but many blacks”. He managed to convinced people that this achromatic style is a subtle art.
Black is practical and convenient. It’s a safe bet – even for a woman with no eye for fashion. Black is comfortable and all-purpose. It sharpens, contours and compensates for poor taste. It is your night time insurance, the promise of loosing yourself among the fashionable messes. This is your guarantee to high class elegance. -PQ