How to Dress Elegantly

Elegant dressing is powerful and will make people stop and take you seriously. Iconic woman like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor all knew the secrets of classic, elegant dressing and polished perfection and YES we want it too! Good style definitely has a retro resonance, so how do us modern mortals attain our own sense of silver-screen glamour?

Well take inspiration from your favourite Hollywood celebs, many actresses and singers of today are fans of elegant icons of other eras, just like we are! Flick through some of your favourite fashion glossies, and look at the style of Kate Winslett, Dita Von Teese and Gwyneth Paltrow and you’ll see that they are all inspired by the elegance of past eras. So take note and steal their style, by finding your own more affordable versions, on the high-street or online.

Get retro, the 50s, for example, is a fantastic period for elegant dresses, all those cinched-in waists, circle skirts that just make you want to stand tall and have doors opening all the way. When dressing look at ways to highlight your femininity, with silhouettes that flatter and highlight your curves. Whether its a pretty petticoat, soft corsage, in a romantic colour, or a cutesy overlay, you can work something lady-like into your look. If you are not so romantic and prefer a stricter silhouette, opt for a strong lady-like style, think a Hitchcock heroine, so go for below-the-knee pencils, silk shirts with pussy-bow tie details, in soft, modern palettes like rose pink, butter and dove grey. Remember when retro dressing to keep your colours fresh and modern, you want to hint to another era, not look like you have kept your togs from back in the day!

Another way to art the luxe look of elegance is to think Minimalism, its all simplicity and perfect proportions, nothing too look-at-me, so a more subtle approach. Go for delicate jersey dresses, that drape divinely in godet, a-line and maxi styles, why not accessorize with one simple stone bracelet or ring. Events, weddings or work functions are the perfect occasion to show-case your new lady-like look, so start filling up your social calendar NOW!

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