The Lost Art of Elegance

A photo taken of Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon.
A photo taken of Audrey Hepburn and Richard Avedon in 1956.
Since I can remember I always wanted to look elegant.  Now, to a 10 year old little girl this term of elegance and looking timeless was not so common and fully understood, but to me it was.  I was mesmerised on a daily basis by all the classy older ladies that I saw.  Walking in such a way that people always stared, looking approachable, timeless and most important, elegant.  I always wanted to look like that.  As I was only a 10 year old little girl when I started to say that I wanted to look elegant, people thought it was just a phase I was going through but now its 10 years later and I’m still striving to be like the elegant ladies I so frequently saw.
When I hear the word elegance, the first 2 people I think of is Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn.  The photographer Richard Avedon captured some of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous moments on camera and today it can still be seen as elegance.  Then of course Coco Chanel was the starting point of the black dress and pearls, looking classy and leaving a legacy behind that is still being respected today.  The next thing that pops into my head is “The Little Black Dress”.  Since the 50’s this was a term that was commonly used among women of all ages, shapes and sizes.  The most astonishing fact is that women of today still refer to a timeless black dress as a “The Little Black Dress”.  Now that is the ultimate style item to me.  You can dress it up and dress it down and always look fabulous because simplicity is after all the key note of all true elegance.
I decided to put together 3 looks incorporating “The Little Black Dress” to show you how you can look timeless and effortlessly cheek all the time.  Then of course the best part of all is that black dresses is so versatile and can suit every fashion style out there by mixing up the accessories.
Strapless Maxi Dress @ Mr. Price - R89
Knotted Neckpiece @ Foschini - R129
Plated Thong Sandals @ Mr. Price - R119
Cat Eye Sunglasses @ Woolworths - R79
Black Shirt Dress with Pocket Detail and Waist Band @ Mr. Price - R119
Striped Black and White Sun Hat @ Mr. Price - R69
Multi strap Black and White Stiletto Heel @ Mr. Price -  R229
Pearl and Bar Stud Earrings @ Woolworths - R69
Black Textured Pinafore Dress @ Mr. Price - R99
Black Open Waist Mesh Pointy Court Shoe @ Mr. Price - R79
Chunky Pearl and Gold Necklace @ Woolworths - R170
Metallic Gold Snake Clutch @ Spree - R299

Looking back on 2013 I think that I did not only tried to look elegant, but I also tried to carry myself in such a way that people looked at me the same way that I looked at the elegant ladies when I was only 10 years old.  To some girls the concept of looking elegant is a lost art that may never be found and to others, such as me, it is something I wish to strive to every day of my life.
2013 was a year full of surprises and astounding world news.  I can only hope that 2014 will be much bigger and better than 2013.  May each and every one of you have a relaxing time with your families this Christmas and once again realize the true meaning of this wonderful time of the year.
All the fabulous fashion items I used in this post can be found at the following shops:

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