Watch brand Longines previously ran a campaign proclaiming that “Elegance is an attitude.” No doubt elegance is an intangible quality from within that’s hard to imitate, but from a fashion point of view, there are shortcuts to make you look more elegant. One way is to go retro and recreate the vintage looks of sophisticated women from the past.
The following looks are borrowed from the styles of late female icons Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. All born in 1929, these women reigned over the fashion world in the 50s and 60s, establishing everlasting styles that are still worshipped by fashionistas nowadays.
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1. Aristocratic Hats
Hats used to be of paramount importance to show status and respect at important occasions, but now they’ve become a staple accessory to everyday outfits. Try a wide brim hat, pillbox hat or beret to capture the mood of the 60s.
Jackie Kennedy’s oversized sunglasses are iconic, and Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s wouldn’t be complete without a pair of big shades. Create mysterious allure for yourself behind this style essential.
“Hand me my purse, will you, darling? A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.” This quote from Holly Golightly, again from Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, pretty much summarizes the importance of lipstick to a lady. I always find it sexy when my friends reapply lipstick after meals – a sign that they care about their looks and want to look their best at all times.
4. Silk Scarf
There’s a reason why flight attendants wear silk scarves – they’re timeless, elegant and comfortable. Tie one around your head, on your hair or around your neck to look instantly put-together.
5. Pearl Necklace
“Pearls are always appropriate,” said Jackie Kennedy. Wear them in single, double or triple strands, as a choker, or as earrings and bracelets. The older you get, the more you realize that pearls are a girl’s second best friend (you know what a girl’s absolute best friend is).
Similar to Jackie Kennedy’s Chanel suit, a coatdress is less iconic but just as classy. Plaid or solid, suede or tweed, wrap-front or double breasted, this failsafe design projects a professional look without giving up your feminine side.
7. Black and White Outfit
Grace Kelly in Rear Window, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Like black and white photos, outfits in black and white never go out of style. They look great not only on the ballroom floor, but also as casual wear in the form of stripes, polka dots, color blocks and solids.