Friday, April 5, 2013

What is elegance?

"We must never confuse elegance with snobbery"  ~Yves Saint Laurent

"Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress"  ~Coco Chanel

"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it."  ~Diana Vreeland

For me elegance in a look is paramount!  I enjoy whimsy, a bohemian vibe, a touch of the unexpected, but at the end of it all, the overall effect must be elegant.

Cecil Beaton said, "What is elegance?  Soap and water!"  He's right!  Elegance doesn't need designer labels or a credit card.  Elegance is found in simplicity.  As Ms Chanel once said, "Elegance is refusal". That speaks to me of refusal to be a slave to trends.  Refusal to carry oneself differently whether wearing an evening gown or a pair of jeans.  Refusal to go straight for "sexy" instead of letting the imagination entice.

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I love that there's no price tag for elegance!  This is a thrifted vintage dress that cost $5 and a thrifted Chico's long blouse that I shelled out $2 for!!  Truly the. best. blouse. EVER!  The collar is made to stand up perfectly!
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Finished off with my favorite over the knee leather boots, a pair of silver hoops, and my favored red nails.  I can't tell you how great I felt in this!!  If there is an outfit that just FEELS like me, this is it!

I just thrifted a pair of black leather flat heeled boots for $5.  I could have worn those with this and the whole look would be about $12!  

I leave you with a final thought from Mr. Benjamin Disraeli that really speaks to me:

"Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty."



  1. Oh,Serene, you look stunning and so elegant! I heard actress Rita Moreno say this week that elegance is dead...I disagree, I believe it is all around us and you are right, it is not about wealth! You are just breathtaking!!

  2. A wonderful post!
    I believe being elegant starts with one's attitude & the confidence in how you carry yourself....not what you're wearing.
    With that said, you look perfectly elegant from top to bottom! Love your hair, dress, shirt, boots, and your attitude!
    Happy weekend, Serene!

  3. Agreed, elegance is not a price tag - it's an attitude. And you've got it, my friend. Love this dress and blouse.

  4. You do look very elegant! How perfectly that whole outfit works together. I am loving the new scarf I got from your Ebay shop - for me a scarf always adds a touch of elegance. (And those extra touches you put in when you ship something makes me smile everytime I think about it.)

  5. Wonderful quotes and an very elegant outfit to prove the point too! Love the black dress and boots!

  6. Thank you for the quotes. The outfit is so classic and elegant on you.
    I do think that elegance stills exists in fashion and the proof is right here on all the special 'lovely lady' blogs.

  7. Totally agree with you, elegance is definitely not about price tag

  8. great outfit! amazing sleeves!

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  9. You look like a million bucks! It's so good to see your gorgeous (and elegant) face back on the interwebs. I love the quotes and the way you show how style isn't about the newest, but the best for you. LOVE this post!

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  11. Dressing with that! Wonderful quotes. I'm a big fan of collecting good quotes and thrifting! Debbie @

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  13. wow gosh love quotes

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