Friday, 6 September 2013

In search of Effortless Style

A lot of articles have been written on the subject of Effortless Style and the person everyone cites as an example of Effortless Style is, of course, Audrey Hepburn. I agree with them - she certainly always looked elegant, due in part to the fact that she was very slim. Grace Kelly, Jackie Onassis, Princess Diana and now the Duchess of Cambridge also have that very special something that constitutes Effortless Style. So what is it that they have that many women hanker after? And can we all attain to it or is it just for the few?

To me, Effortless Style is having a knowledge of what colours and styles suit you but it goes beyond that knowledge. It is dressing in a way that is individual, not perfect and adding a few quirks that make you different from the crowd. Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and Grace Kelly also dressed in a way that was simple and uncluttered. Princess Diana did too as she got older. Compare the pictures below:

1980s - huge padded shoulders & not very flattering (nor the hat)

1990s - a much more simple and streamlined look

Quality over quantity is key.  Poor quality items don't look great in the long run. It is better to buy a few clothes and accessories of the best you can afford, than lots of cheap items. It's not easy to do this but for Effortless Style it's important. Fewer items in your wardrobe that go together well make dressing much easier! Simple lines and silhouettes and clothes that fit your body shape  also contribute to the Effortless Style look.

I believe we can all attain to a style that is all our own if we are prepared to make mistakes along the way.  Maybe, then, it is not so 'Effortless' after all!