Is is true? Are some people just born with elegance? Or is it all just an act?
Elegance is more of a mindset and I truly believe that it’s a work in progress. If you want to portray yourself as an elegant and confident person, you can!
The biggest tip I have is to fake it until you make it and here’s how you can look effortlessly elegant all the time.
Standing tall and with confidence is probably the easiest way to covey elegance to everyone you meet. A good posture is standing straight, shoulders back, and head held straightforward. It may be uncomfortable at first (let’s face it, we’re generally hunched over on our phones), but it gets easier with practice.
Tip from my chiropractor: Try a standing desk! They help you create better posture because when you look down or up at computers, you hunch over or over extend. Keep devices eye level. This is the standing desk that I use right now and it’s amazing!
You may not know it, but faking confidence is the best way to GET CONFIDENCE. Seriously, it’s the secret that all those who have confidence know and still rely on. Confidence is elegance – always. Standing tall gives you confidence!
STAND TALL AND PROUD
Elegance essentially radiates from within but can be shown on the outside as well. The more well put together you look the more people will take note of your appearance. Take a trip to the salon and trim those split ends, get yourself a flattering haircut, and take care of your hair.
For nails, make sure you keep them short or mid-lenght. Use any nail polish color you want. But for a more elegant look use neutrals such as beige, pink (these are my favorite), or keep them clear. Remember, you want to put together a cohesive overall look. Having black nail polish and chipped nails while wearing a beautiful soft dress doesn’t exactly scream elegant. (not dissing black nail polish, which I actually love sometimes)
For your skin, keep it healthy and blemish free using my favorite peel pads everyday (yes, you can do peels daily! But you need to use a soft peel like these). So far, this has helped me any time I have a zit or sun spots.
The key to looking elegant at all times is wearing simple accessories and wearing them as a statement everyday. Have a favorite pair of earrings? Wear them all the time. Have a simple pearl necklace? Wear that. Rings? Wear one. The best accessory I have found to look put together is a simple pair of stud earrings. You will always look very polished with those in! For a budget friendly pair of stud, use these earrings from Nordstrom
Do as Chanel did: before you leave the house take one accessory off. Less is more. Less is elegance.
SHOP DAINTY JEWELRY
Invest in classic wardrobe pieces that resonate with your style or desired style. If you want to go for a specially elegant look: get pieces in black, white, pink, and grey. Stick to a neutral palette and get those pieces tailored.
A great fitting wardrobe shows style and elegance. And to be honest, once you get pieces that fit, you won’t have to keep buying the same pieces over and over. Well tailored pieces can be kept for years. Your wardrobe and wallet will be happy.
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ELEGANT STYLE PIECES
For more elegant outfit inspiration, check out my Outfit of the Week series which features multiple shoppable outfits that are all very elegant and within a good budget! Check some of the most popular ones below:
If you want an elegant makeup look, opt for red lips (best lipstick brand right here) or neutral shades. Keep makeup simple and minimal. White or skin colored eyeshadow, black or brown eyeliner (drawn thinly – here’s a good one I use), and minimal contouring and blush. That overdone contoured look does slim your face and bring out your cheekbones, but being too hallowed out can make you look malnourished. This is especially true for already petite women (like me).
Instead of contouring, use some pink blush for that polished Kate Middleton look. C’mon, you know you love it too!
ELEGANT BEAUTY PICKS
Elegance is also how you make others feel and the secret to making others think “elegance” when they think of you is to be kind and helpful. I never approach others with an attitude. I smile, even if my day isn’t going too well. I open doors for others, because it’s a kindness.
You can never be too kind or have too many manners. Communicate your elegance and people will notice. Always be kind!
In essence, Elegance stems for a cohesive look of your choice, as well as maintaining grooming and great posture/manners. The more you practice putting together an elegant look – the more natural it becomes. When you constantly put an effort into looking and feeling your best, others will notice.
For more communications tips, check out my latest post about how to sound like an elegant woman!
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