A Guide To Elegance for every woman…. by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

 

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Looking for something easy to read on the beach this summer?

“When comfort becomes an end in itself, it is the Public Enemy Number One of elegance.” pg 32.

A Guide to Elegance‘ was published in 1964 and this is reflected in some of the authors views  (a bit old fashioned some might say) in light of more modern fashion trends today.

Nevertheless, many of the driving principles of an elegant outlook are still true today – but perhaps more of a rarity amongst the majority.

You may not agree with every little thing the author says, but I think you’ll be hard pressed not to find something in this book that is useful, worth considering, or a principle you already know to be true.

A key theme that stands out in this book: that old chestnut ‘quality over quantity’.

Good quality capsule pieces that can be mixed/matched and accessorised automatically make you appear more well put together. If money is very tight and this is difficult to achieve, it is still a good principle to strive for – choose one key capsule piece to start saving up for (a quality coat, bag, well fitted skirt, etc ) and build your capsule wardrobe slowly.

A Guide To Elegance‘ made me smile, not because it was funny, (well actually some of the advice and opinions ‘seem’ a little funny to hear in 2016 just because political correctness and feminism have done a grand job of blowing these sentiments out of the window) but because it really brings home how little regard many of us give to ‘elegance’ these days; though it isn’t really something you think of consciously – instead it is a byproduct of how you groom, present and carry yourself.

When we see elegance we know it, because it is so rare and impressive, leaving a lasting impression behind.

This book is very easy to read, with short chapters divided into handy subsections, and quite nice if you commute as you don’t feel like you’re losing your thread when you keep stopping and starting.

Excerpts from ‘A Guide to Elegance

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34 thoughts on “A Guide To Elegance for every woman…. by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

    1. It is an interesting read – but this isn’t the book up for grabs on the tweet – it’s widely available on Amazon though 😊📖 , thanks for your entry, fingers crossed!

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  1. I think elegance is looking your best while dressing for yourself, being comfortable in your clothes and knowing what suits you. Carrying yourself in a certain way with confidence but above all having good manners.

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    1. Elegance is generally a more aesthetic quality as opposed to feelings on the inside – though an elegant dress for example, might make a woman feel more graceful, feminine etc and behave differently as a result of how it makes her feel 😊

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  2. Was people watching from a cafe the other day and noticed an older lady (my age!) the other day who was not particularly attractive but was dressed so well though simply with a smart handbag that she stood out from everyone else passing by.

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    1. I know what you mean, it’s like admiring a piece of art, that’s the power of dressing well, it can make someone far more attractive to us than they might be – otherwise 😊

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  3. I am pretty much the opposite of ‘elegance’ and it’s not something I’ve ever aspired to – it’s not something men are encouraged to be!

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  4. I think elegance comes from within, it is not how they dress or how much they may earn but how they behave and respect others

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