An elegant woman commands attention without having to shout out loud, “Look at me,” but you’ll look at her anyhow because she commands respect and turns heads without even trying.
She knows exactly what to wear. Her hair is perfectly coiffed, her scent is alluring but not over-powering, and her makeup is subtle yet striking. She confidently sits with a straight spine, shoulders relaxed, a demure smile on her face.
If elegance is your goal, how can you achieve that look? Here are some tips for creating both a classy and elegant appearance. As with anything, you can take what works for you and leave the rest.
Deep purples, navy blues, and other jewel tones will add a depth and richness to your wardrobe.
Faux fur, metallic colours, and velvet
Playing with different fabrics and textures will add luxuriousness more than a wool or simple cotton could ever do.
Pearls and diamonds
They will give you shine and glam without making you look gaudy.
Think long and flowy
Llong, flowy fabrics elongate you. The flow adds movement and fluidity to your look.
Clean, classic lines, solid colour over loud patterns, and a few well-chosen accessories such as a hat or stilettos give you class without busyness.
Smokey eyes don’t only have to be done with dark blues and black, you can experiment with nude and beige colours for a natural, yet striking effect.
Well-groomed eyebrows give you that dramatic, finished look.
Pick one attribute to show off
Whether it’s a graceful spine or long legs, show one physical attribute at a time. If you show off cleavage, cover your arms and legs. If you show legs, cover your cleavage.
Instead of layering on foundation, use high quality skin care products on a regular basis. Instead of hair extensions, try styling your own hair. Imagine a woman with fake everything—eyelashes, hairs, breasts, and tan—this is trying too hard.
Seamless panties and tummy-tucking undergarments will give you smooth finish underneath any gorgeous gown.
Hanifa Yip is a women’s health mentor, certified fitness professional, and registered nutritionist with over 20 years of certified teaching experience in fitness. She has recently authored a book for women entitled Healthy with Hanifa: A Woman’s Guide to Holistic Health & Fitness, which is available for purchase on Amazon US, UK, Canada, and Australia. She also loves learning and sharing ideas on classiness, etiquette, and all subjects related to being a lady and is a regular contributor for JetsetBabe and the How to be a Lady Facebook group.