Dressing with elegance doesn’t require spending big bucks on designer clothes. If you want to emulate the style of an elegant dame like Audrey Hepburn, aim for simplicity, subtlety and a bit of flair to add distinction to your look. Use elegant hairstyles and classy makeup to complement your elegant apparel. A bun at the nape of the neck combined with soft shades of makeup and bold lipstick emanates luxury and confidence.
Accentuate your best features with understated designs. Rather than simply showing skin, an elegant style uses subtle lines and other touches to bring out your best. For example, instead of drawing attention to your long legs with short shorts, wear a high-waisted A-line skirt with pintucks at the waist and a small slit in the back.
Pair patterned blouses or pants with low-key apparel. If you wear a black and white striped blouse, choose solid white or black slacks to avoid an overwhelming combination. Elegant style has room for creativity, but it demands careful balance between funky and polished. For women, a classic example of an elegant combination is a black and white striped sailor top with clean, freshly pressed white slacks. Add black high heeled pumps to complete the look. For men, an argyll print sweater with tailored slacks and leather shoes is an elegant combo for a casual lunch or night on the town.
Add texture to your outfit with elegant fabrics and materials. Leather gloves, chiffon scarves, linen slacks, wool stockings and silk blouses are just a few examples of classy fabric choices that make all the difference between elegant and bland.
Accessorize with stoles, scarves, hats, gloves, ties and other items to enhance your elegant appearance. Accessories provide a great avenue for creativity and add color and texture to your outfit. Avoid distracting accessories like cheap costume jewelry and opt for streamlined, simple items like pearl necklaces and silk ties.Don’t overdo it, though. Select one dominating accessory, like a pair of chandelier earrings, and pair it with other subdued items, like an A-line skirt and simple V-neck cashmere blouse.
Care for your clothes properly. If an item needs to be dry-cleaned, don’t risk ruining it by washing it in a normal cycle. Torn and tattered clothes are anything but elegant.
Buy a suit. Whether you are a man or a woman, a classy, well-fitted suit is a true mark of elegance. Tweed, wool and linen are just a few material choices. Regardless of the style of suit you choose, be sure that the armholes fit well in the underarms and that you pair it with appropriate accessories.
References and ResourcesDressing Rich; Leah Feldon
A Guide to Elegance; Geneviere Antonine Dariaux
The Sun; Exude Elegance Like Chic Carla