Being a woman is wonderful, it is majestic and extraordinary. However, being a woman in today’s world can be taxing and overwhelming at times. As women, we are expected to be everything – perfect wives and girlfriends, super-moms, career goal-getters – the whole package. On top of it all, there is the pressure of looking the part, whichever part that may be, and as we play many roles in the course of one day, aside from being multi-tasking geniuses, it is essential that we find the Holy Grail of attire
Achieving exceptional elegance and the effortlessly striking sort of look for any given occasion may seem like a mission impossible, but if you play your fashion cards well, you are guaranteed a look that reflects the grace, refinement and beauty you carry within.
Style Tailor Made for You
The first rule of the elegance club is: Do not fall prey to trends. Trends come and go, but style is forever. It is part of your identity, so choose wisely what garments you will give permission to represent you. The first piece of clothing your closet should see when it wakes up is the little black dress, or whatever your version of that is. It should hug your body but not so hard that it squeezes the life out of you. In order for it to be your go-to dress, it needs to be of proper length so that it is cocktail-hour but also work-friendly.
Second on the list is a crisp white shirt, or several single-colour shirts. Nothing speaks volumes of class and refinement like a well-fitted shirt. Combined with a pair of high-rise (again, well-tailored) pants, you’ll be ready to take over the world. Also, in the spirit of comfort not being compromised by elegance – a great pair of jeans in a solid colour is style 101.
Of course, if you really want others to be in awe of you, thinking ‘how does she do it?’ a pencil skirt is a style weapon you should definitely have in your wardrobe. However, if this type of skirt is unflattering to your body type, there are gorgeous midi and knee-length full skirts that will absolutely steal any show you are in.
Last but certainly not least, is your outerwear. You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat. It has been worn by fashion divas before us and will be passed down to all the classy ladies to come. A couple of quality blazers in neutral colours are also highly advised.
Accessories in Moderation
A true lady would not be caught dead in a high-heeled shoe with a clunky front platform. The only shoes that should be allowed to grace your feet are sensible oxfords, moccasins, Mary Janes, ballerina flats, stilettos, and a few others that belong to this dashing family.
On the jewelry front, let yourself be guided by the word ‘subtlety’. If your jewelry box is overflowing with chunky plastics and imitation pieces get rid of them, get rid of them now. Golden lockets, subtle silver pendants, discrete rings and bracelets should take the stage. Where there are jewels, there are glasses. There is something about a great pair of shades that just ties an entire outfit together. A pair of beautiful Carrera sunglasses is perhaps the exact thing you need for a look that is both cool and chic with a hint of mystery. As for bags, nothing says elegant and expensive like a solid satchel, tote or clutch with clear lines and sturdy composition that does not lose its shape. With bags like these you can glide from work to running errands and finally getting together with your girls in the evening with the greatest of ease.
Confidence, Confidence, Confidence
Confidence is to style what locations are for movies – half the work. Whatever you put on in the morning, do not forget your smile, your wit and confidence at the door.