Looking Like Audrey: How to Dress with Class and Timeless Style in a Trendy World
In a world of constantly evolving fashion, the clothing super stores, and onslaught of imported goods that are an incredible 'deal', it's always good to review some fashion basics. In the past century there are a few women who have influenced style and stand out because the looks that they started have become classic and timeless. Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe all come to mind, but no one has stood the test of time like the ever-wonderful Audrey Hepburn.
Feminine and graceful, understated and classy. These are all things that describes the look that Audrey Hepburn was famous for, and she is still considered one of the most influential fashion icons. Here are a few ways that you too can dress with the beauty of Audrey Hepburn and the confidence of a modern lady.
Feminine means pretty. Women were created to be different from men, and the differences are a wonderful thing. There's nothing wrong with wearing pants, but why would you always want to be in pants when there is so much variety with skirts and dresses?
Just think of the choices you have. Pencil skirts, gored skirts, straight skirts. And for dresses there's sheath, tunic, full skirted, straight skirted, fitted or loose bodice, and that's just a few of the options. Differences in colors, patterns, and details are countless, and accessories can make any outfit perfect for any occasion and a stand-out.
In your business life, you may think that the powersuit makes you feel like you can take on the world, but never underestimate the power of a skirt. There are plenty of great suits out there, retro or not, that are professional, impressive, and above all make you still feel and act like a woman.
The beauty of the skirt suit, or even the dress with a jacket is that it gives you a lot more variety to choose from. Style, color, look, your options are a lot more open than just a basic suit.
I know that 'modest' has become something of a controversial word in the past years with the prevailing attitude of "anything goes." And I'm not here to tell you how to dress or what is appropriate. But I do know this. God made women to be beautiful, and that beauty is a wonderful thing, but it's not something to take lightly or treat cheaply.
Far be it from me to mandate hemlines to the floor or necklines to your chin. But if you wear a skirt that covers most of your leg, and definitely your derriere, it doesn't mark you as unattractive it makes you look like a lady. When a neckline doesn't plummet too deeply it doesn't mean you aren't sexy, it shows the world that you a woman that respects herself and her body, and everyone else will too.
So be feminine. Be beautiful. Dress in a way that expresses your taste, which is always impeccable as long as it's what you like. But don't ever, ever sell yourself short.
You are the only you ever, with your particular tastes and preferences. Sure, somebody else may have a similar style, but it the little touches, the added bits of flair that makes a look uniquely yours. So love it! If you can't stand frills and ruffles, go for something more streamline and understated. If even the thought of pink makes you happy, make it your color. Personally, I adore polka dots. Not of the juvenile variety but rather the classic, womanly kind that still have that wonderful hint of fun. I would wear any one of the dresses shown and absolutely love it, but I know women who wouldn't dream of being seen in public looking like that.
And that's fine. In fact, it's more than fine, it's wonderful!. If I were to dress the same way that my two sisters do we would be a drab bunch when we're together. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Always remember that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made, so don't settle for anything less, and don't try to be something you're not.
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