The first message we send to the world around us about who we are is how we dress.
Whether we dress up or casual, and certainly how much we cover up, it’s all about first impressions. For those of us seeking to make favorable first impressions, it’s imperative that we consistently dress modest and elegant.
There are four fundamentals when it comes to dressing modestly: high enough neckline, low enough hemline, covers the in-between, and isn’t revealing.
- High enough neckline. You decide where your comforts lie in relation to , but a good rule of thumb is that the neckline is not low-cut in the front or back.
- Low enough hemline. A general guideline for appropriate length is your knee.
- Covers the in-between. Mid-section and all its glory. Front, back, and sides should be covered.
- Not Revealing. Clothing that is tight or sheer in any way.
It helps to think of a little paper doll with the parts colored in already that should be covered, like this gal:
She has incredible versatility with neckline, sleeve length, hem length, and style of dress, with a simple, but clear starting board.
There are also four fundamentals when it comes to dressing elegant: flattering for your form, classic (able to withstand trends), occasion appropriate, and simple=elegance.
- Flattering for your form. No frumpiness here. If you have some curves, dress them. If you’ve been working to tone your arms and legs, wear a dress that shows it off.
- Classic. Straight out of the dictionary this means “judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind”, a.k.a. able to withstand trends.
- Occasion Appropriate. Wearing a nicer dress to the ballet, keeping it understated at a funeral, all considerations must be taken into account.
- Simple Elegance. As Leonardo da Vinci perfectly stated, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
When it comes to the 8 standards listed above, there will be no compromises here at Le Chic Royal. Each clothing item will be hand picked for it’s ability to pass the 8 point test, with the additional standard that there will be no need for a tank-top or lace extender to make the piece modest and elegant. This need would certainly violate the #8 rule of simplicity. Each dress, skirt, blouse and pant will be modest from the get go.
It does feel nice to have these fundamentals cleared up! Here at Le Chic Royal, we are dedicated to each of these 8 points. We promise to sift out modest, elegant pieces in the fashion universe.