You don’t have to be rich and famous to dress (and live) beautifully. If you are looking to enhance your personal style this year and wear fabulous items from the top designers in Dubai, read on to learn how you can create an elegant and feminine wardrobe.
1. Know what elegance means to you
While elegance is officially defined as “the quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance and manner,” the truth is that real elegance can only be found when you recognise what it means to you. Of course, to be elegant, you want to carry yourself with poise; however, if you have natural grace and poise, you simply need to find the right style to accentuate it.
An elegant wardrobe is one that consists of classic investment pieces that will never go out of style. It is a wardrobe that doesn’t shift based on temporary trends, but instead is developed and carefully curated season after season. By creating an elegant and feminine wardrobe that is personalised to you, you will find that it is much easier to get dressed each day and to always look put together, no matter where you are going or who you are seeing.
Remember, elegance is a state of being, and the clothes and accessories that you buy are tools to help you tap into your natural, wonderful grace. As Diana Vreeland said, “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”
2. Consider your real needs
While your style icon might be someone like Kate Middleton or Angelina Jolie, the truth is that you probably don’t need a wardrobe as expansive as theirs. Not only would it not be practical, but it is harder to get dressed when you have an abundance of clothes that never get worn. Therefore, while you can take style inspiration from other individuals, you need to be realistic about your current lifestyle and clothing needs.
For example, if you are a student, you will want elegant items that you also feel comfortable wearing for long days at the library. Alternatively, if you are a career woman, you want to look for pieces that make you feel elegant and on top of your game. Furthermore, when it comes time to add evening pieces to your wardrobe, or other special items, you want to consider what will make you feel the greatest so that you enter every room as the best version of yourself possible.
What you want to do is sit down and write out the details of your current lifestyle. Write down how you spend most of your day, the type of work environment you are in, your hobbies and how you spend your free time, whether you have children, and any personal goals that may influence what you need to wear.
Once you have an exact list of your lifestyle, you can start writing down the clothes you need for each situation while also considering what you actually like to wear.
3. Look through what you already own
If you are reading this article, you probably already have several elegant and feminine pieces in your wardrobe. However, it is also likely that you have just as many (if not more) items that you seldom wear and that make it harder for you to get dressed each day. While you may find comfort in having more clothing in your wardrobe (many people do!), the truth is that it is stopping you from truly finding your personal style and getting the most out of the pieces you do love.
Therefore, your next step is to go through what you already own and determine what is staying and what is no longer serving you. While going through your closet, be sure to divide everything into three piles: one for items that are staying, one for pieces that are definitely going, and one for garments that are a “maybe.”
With every item (especially those that fall under the “maybe” category), ask yourself whether or not it makes you feel elegant, whether it properly fits and flatters your body, whether you genuinely like it, and whether you will actually wear it. If you hesitate when it comes to any of these questions or say “no,” it may be time to remove it from your life. Just think, you are making space for a piece that gets a resounding “YES!” across the board!
4. Buy less but better
Now that you have created a list of clothes that suit both your style and your lifestyle, you can start to add pieces to your wardrobe. However, before you begin purchasing everything you see, you want to take it slow and opt for fewer higher-quality pieces.
Before purchasing new pieces, make sure you set a clear budget and stick to it. Not only will this ensure that you aren’t spending more than you can afford, but it also will reduce the chances of you making impulse purchases. Instead, to stay on budget, you will have to think consciously about what you are bringing into your wardrobe.
Furthermore, you want to make sure that the pieces you are purchasing are aligned with the list you made in terms of your lifestyle, that they fit into the colour palette you have selected, and that they are suitable for your body type. In order for an item to enter your wardrobe, it must pass these three tests; otherwise, you want to keep looking until you find the ideal piece.
One of the best ways to ensure you bring elegant and feminine pieces into your closet is by shopping for creations by luxury ready-to-wear designers. These collections are timeless and feature impeccable materials and beautiful craftsmanship. For those who want their clothes to be with them for a lifetime, these luxurious, understated pieces are the way to go.
Are you looking to curate an elegant and feminine wardrobe this year? If so, what is going to be your first step? What pieces do you have on your wishlist? How do you think your elegant wardrobe will affect your daily mood? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Kristina Fidelskaya is committed to providing an elegant and feminine wardrobe to modern women with real lives and real needs. Timeless collections based around impeccable materials and craftsmanship, each piece is unique, tells a story, and stays with you for a lifetime. Fusing traditional tailoring with modern, contemporary designs, Kristina Fidelskaya creates luxurious understated products.