What does the saying, "shabby chic " mean?
If something is shabby, it means it is past its best, and if something is chic it is modern, new, or trendy. How can both these be related to form "Shabby chic"
Shabby Chic most commonly refers to a decorating term for a distressed or vintage look to furniture and fabric in the room.
It's a romantic notion of 'shabby', like in the 18th Century the aristocrats and their offspring used to pretend to be 'nymphs and shepherds'. Nowadays you wear designer jeans with the knees showing through threadbare patches, and old blouses bought at charity shops. You see the same 'Hooray Henrys' and 'Henriettas' quaffing their Pimms at Annabelle's in Mayfair after they've been bibbing at the Hard Rock Cafe, pretending to be out of work roadies.
Suddenly it's chic to be a little bit shabby! It adds character to an item, a fashion or to a room design, as it's supposed to make it looked lived-in and therefore more meaningful than something brand new which hasn't lived its own life or had a history which might be interesting in some way. Bit odd but it's a good excuse to use old things without having to refurbish them, as long as they're clean!
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