Many people believe that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the founders of the modern architectural movement, was the first person to declare that “less is more” surprisingly, Ludwig Mies wasn’t behind this frequently used catch phrase.
It was the handy work of the English poet Robert Browning, written in 1855. What applies to poetry and architecture equally applies to personal style. Style icons rarely wear extreme trends, instead they go for classics shapes made with quality fabrics like silk, wool and cashmere. Not much has changes over the years as far as quality is concerned, natural fabrics, classic shapes and attention to detail is still the best representation of quality.
Elegance is the art of restraint. High society women known and admired for their sense of style keep their looks uncluttered. They choose simple, graceful dresses tailored to fit perfectly, accompanied by tasteful accessories that never overpower yet manage to strike the right note. The result is that enviable Je ne sais quo that emanated from style icons like Jackie Kennedy, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. While money is helpful when trying to cultivate this style, it’s not essential. “Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress,” famous words by Coco Chanel. Elegance in personal style requires only that a woman majors in the classics : Comfort, value, colour, fabric, shape and appropriateness. Elegance means that a dress should never eclipse the woman, but permit her inner light to shine. In fashion as in life, knowledge is currency : often you need less when you know more.
Perhaps the core of elegance is a simple yet abundant state of mind. In fact, this was beautifully summarised by Diana Vreeland, she was quoted saying that “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.