universal beauty, learn the rules

universal beauty

I’ve been writing about different iconic and national styles and style icons: places and women that appear in glossy magazines; glossy-glossy people and venues.

While I admit that it can all become too much, what I like about the glossy-glossy are ideas, inspirations, and what I’ve learned. But is there such a thing as universal beauty, and what about rules? 

Thus far, there are four things I’ve learned and firmly believe in when it comes to beauty and fashion.

What I’m going to be writing about are universal ideas, more like a philosophy than a list of do’s and don’ts.

Frankly, I’m a bit tired of do’s and don’ts and lists of products.

I think when you get to be our age, you know what mascara and shampoo work for you and how to use them, and you don’t need me to tell you what I think is best.

However, I do believe in the concept of universal beauty, a theory of aesthetics  that needs to be paid attention to or else ignored at one’s peril!  

Rule #1. Don’t try so hard.

I still see a lot of this on the street. Even women who obviously have good taste and the money to indulge it, do much too much. 

Hair overly coiffed, face overly painted, neck overly bejeweled, dress overly “embellished,” pants overly “styled,” and shoes blinged out and complicated in design.

And of course, nails painted and fingers beringed. If you look like you’re ready to be laid out for a final viewing, with all the finery you possess, you will either be forgotten or remembered for the wrong thing. 

“Take one thing off before you leave the house.” — Coco Chanel

Too much, even a little too much of any of this, will kill your looks! Even those of us who think we’re into minimalism, can easily do too much.

I have found myself looking in the mirror and being confused by what’s going on. Big earrings, shirt with collar, belt and bracelets, boots. While that may not sound like extravagance, very often it just is. Look at this.

44908_3_800A lot of people would say that this outfit Sandra Bullock is wearing is not overkill. I disagree and I picked it because it’s a challenging example of too much. No less an authority on dressing than Coco Chanel told us “take one thing off before you leave the house.” Like this.5732-Le-21eme-Adam-Katz-Sinding-Giovanna-Battaglia-Milian-Fashion-Week-Spring-Summer-2014_AKS5231On the other hand, if after learning the rules, you want to break them, do this…iris-apfel




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