Elegance 101: How to be Classy & Graceful
“Elegance is not being noticed, it’s about being remembered.”
There is something attractive about a woman who is classy – she makes not only our eyes but all the senses hooked to her presence.
Yet, there is a misconception that elegance equals luxury. You can be a regular, working teenager and still portray elegance if you are trained for it.
If you’re intrigued to know more, keep reading! Here are some tips that anyone can follow to add class and elegance to their life.
1. Good Hygiene
Practicing good hygiene is important because it makes a significant difference in our everyday life. Taking a shower and making sure you smell fresh makes one automatically feel confident and good about themselves.
2. Dress Well
Your clothes are generally the first thing people notice about you. This does not mean you have to go bankrupt by purchasing high street, branded clothes. The truth is, that one can look put together even in thrift clothes – you just have to be smart about styling it.
Never run after trends. Rather, wear something that looks good on you and most importantly, boosts your self-confidence. Go for classic, timeless pieces which are versatile enough to be used in different ways. This tip is helpful for your wallet as well as for the environment.
3. Healthy Lifestyle
This might seem cliché, but a healthy lifestyle is the solution to most of life’s problems. Regular exercises and healthy eating are not only good for your physical health but for your mental health too. We can all vouch for the glow that a combination of working out and a balanced diet brings.
A good lifestyle makes us feel content with our lives and also gives us self-confidence. It allows rational thinking and keeps frustrations at bay. This contentment and calmness reflect in our behaviours too. As they say, “confidence is key” – and elegance is all about confidence and self-love.
4. Subtle Makeup
Real elegance lies in subtlety.
We have seen funky and artistic looks on Instagram. However, minimal makeup is what screams sophistication. Don’t opt for extravagant looks if the occasion doesn’t call for it. Instead, use most of your time in skin prep. The better your skin is, the prettier your makeup looks. Hence, it is always a good idea to focus on skincare.
Harsh contour lines and over-the-top eye makeup look unnatural and out of place. A soft glam or a no-makeup makeup look enhances our features without looking extra.
5. Pay Attention to Your Hands and Feet
While we focus on perfecting our face and clothes, the hands and feet are often neglected. Your hands and feet should always be well moisturized and smooth. Hands that feel rough and look dry are a big turnoff. Also, make sure your under-nails are clean, and the surface of the nail is free of any chipped polish.
Like hands, feet should also be clean and well moisturized. Pay special attention to your footwear. It should be comfortable yet go well with the dress you are wearing. Bad footwear takes away the elegance of an outfit.
Elegance is a lifestyle change. While these are attributes related to beauty, one should not overlook the most important factor to elegance – mindset. You need to be kind, compassionate, confident, and able to set boundaries in order to practice elegance and live a classy life.
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