In our previous post, we introduced the idea of a harmonized complete look. The key to achieving a complete look is to flatter your natural appearance. Your garments, your accessories, and whether or not you wear make-up all look their best when they harmonize together and flatter you. When you achieve this harmony, you will be one step closer to looking fabulous, and others will notice this fabulous “you”.
Perhaps the most important part of looking fabulous is feeling fabulous. And that is largely determined by how you treat yourself. If you buy garments and accessories because they are cheap, then you are definitely sending a very clear message to yourself that you are not worth spending money to look beautiful and elegant.
The second part to feeling fabulous is how you feel when you wear your garment. Do you love the feel of the fabric? Do you love the colour? The fit? What feeling about yourself do you project when you wear your garments and accessories? In the book Dior by Dior, the great couturier Christian Dior wrote:
A natural and elegant appearance, and good deportment, all add up to that word which has rather gone out of fashion—bearing.…This effect is not achieved by artificial airs and graces, nor a sort of brazen smartness, designed to attract attention: the contemporary elegance is at once simple and natural.
One very glaring thing that is visible today is that most people do not love what they wear or buy—they just buy. When Christian Dior first visited America, he made this observation:
Men and women prefer buying a multitude of mediocre things to acquiring a few carefully chosen articles.…[They] seem to spend money entirely in order to gratify the collective need to buy.
Dior’s comment is a propos for people everywhere, not just those in North America. Instead of focussing on quality of material, workmanship, and proper fit, most people allow themselves to be seduced by slick advertising. And as a result, the garments and accessories that most people choose to purchase look shabby, tasteless, and cheap. Giancarlo Giammetti, long-time partner of the great couturier Valentino, described the love for a garment or a piece of art very well:
One of the biggest changes in today’s fashion is the influence of stylists. There used to be much more involvement when a star chose a dress. But today’s superstars and celebrities are offered so many clothes to wear, they’re spoiled. There’s no commitment involved, no work, no fittings. They wear the dress and it has a short life. They don’t have time to love a dress.
I don’t buy anything if it doesn’t give me a bit of emotion or surprise. There has to be a feeling. It is the only way.
I should like to take the opportunity to express my profound gratitude to all the women who have given me so much pleasure by understanding how to wear my dresses.