Elegance – taste, grace, refinement and style – all traits of truly naturally beautiful women. Elegance comes not only from the outside, but also has to do with an inner sense of peace and luxury and richness. Elegance has to do with the qualities of self-confidence and self-esteem we all can practice and achieve.
Elegant women cultivate a sense of beauty. Money may or may not buy elegance – you can actually purchase elegant things at Goodwill or a neighborhood garage sale. Instead of spending money on a bunch of cheap throwaway clothes, you can buy one piece of elegantly made, exquisite classic clothing and learn how to accessorize.
You can go to a consignment shop or a garage sale, or you can organize a Clothing Swap Party and exchange clothes while having fun with your friends (see N is for Naked Lady Parties). Money can buy you clothes, but it can’t necessarily buy you taste. Pick up a copy of the latest Vogue or Elle and look at what’s beautiful. Then go out and get the look on your own budget.
Sure, having a lot of money can make elegance easier, but you can be a naturally elegant woman with these tips that don’t cost much:
- Smile – You will look more elegant if you think positive thoughts on the inside and radiate happiness and positivity on the outside.
- Always wear clean and unwrinkled clothing - and polish your shoes for an elegant look.
- Quantity doesn’t count for elegance – quality does. Clean out your closets and get rid of everything that doesn’t look right, fit right, and make you feel fabulous!
- Be impeccable with your words (see I is for Impeccability – with your Word). The Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz is a simple spiritual practice that will bring elegance into your world. Be polite. Speak kindly of people. Keep negativity to yourself.
- Home elegance can come with a few fine touches, like one beautiful flower in a lovely vase – simply divine!
- Practice elegance in your relationships. Learn one or two things and do them well. Develop friendships with people who share your interests.
- Be genuinely interested in other people. Be a good listener, rather than a good talker.
- Express gratitude whenever you can. Send a thank-you note (or email) to a hostess. Reciprocate invitations.
- Be of service to the world. Give time if you don’t have money; help others with love and compassion.
- And once again, smile – Clothes do not make the naturally elegant woman, smiles do!