YOU WEAR THE CLOTHES. DON'T LET THEM WEAR YOU.
As a female, I learned to wear classic looks that never go out of style; to wear clothes that flattered my particular body style---and helped me look/feel my best.
Elegance comes in a variety of looks and...an aspiring woman must quickly-learn to accent her positives and "down-play" her negatives....so to speak. For example: tall, thin women look fabulous in pleated skirts but pleats aren’t for women with big behinds or larger-than-life tummies.
I remember when women with large legs knew that mini-skirts were their worst enemy so, wisely, they chose to wear longer skirts in soft, drapey and flowing materials like silks and crepes. I encouraged women with "fuller" figures to learn to walk and move...light-on-their-feet. In my modeling classes, I taught larger women to "glide" as they walked...using their hips rather than their feet.
YOU create the illusion of who you are....by crafting your very-own look. Always remember that "YOU" create the person you want to be by... how you dress, walk, sit, talk...even how you interact with others.
I loved knowing secrets that helped women dress to accent their best physical features. I never tired of teaching women how-to walk, talk, sit, stand..and move..to "show-off" their "assets".. Life is more fun when you develop your own look...and style. Anyone can look and sound more elegant, more glamourous..and yes, more professional, with time...and practice.
Back in the “day” of elegance...smart women invested in attractive "undergarments". Those undergarments consisted of well-constructed bras and control-type panties...sometimes called girdles... which added support to minimize flab and fat. These under garments ensured a woman’s confidence by "tightening" her from the inside...... which helped her look wonderfully-smooth and "controlled" on the outside. Unless TODAY'S woman exercises religiously and maintains a consistently-slim figure… she still needs a certain degree of “control” in her dress-up clothes.
I will always believe woman of every age should dress well….regardless of whether she wears expensive outfits, "imitations" or…like me…simply knows how to shop re-sale shops, mark-downs racks, and... bargain basements.
My grandmother lived frugally and had the barest of necessities in her small closet BUT…she was always my best “teacher”. She often went with me when I shopped. I can still “hear” her advice when she watched me try-on a variety of clothes---from work attire to party dresses: "NEVER show too much. ALWAYS Leave something to the imagination".