Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Back to the Basics

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Couldn't style be defined in the same way?

Real style is about being comfortable, not the stretchy pants type of comfort, but the more profound at ease type. At ease because you have intentionally put yourself together. You've acknowledged both what you love and what you dislike about your appearance, and highlighted one while downplaying the other.  At ease because you've been honest and respectful regarding what God gave you. At ease because you refuse to play the denial game. And at ease because you like what you are wearing, because it is true to your personality and your life.

It sounds so great doesn't it, this being at ease, this forgetful elegance that is the opposite of self-absorption and vanity? So how does one get there? Is it just the gift of a few?

Not at all! Style, while imbued with elements of instinct, is actually quite rational. Once broken down into its basic elements, it can be mastered and modified as the different stages of life play out. So, in this instance, knowledge really is power.

Over the next few weeks, I think it would be a good idea to revisit these basics of style, the elements of body type, coloring, and personality. In the words of Coco Chanel, "Fashion changes, but style endures." So let's talk about it.


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