“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”
~ Audrey Hepburn~
If something is elegant, what exactly does that mean? Beautiful? Refined? Sophisticated? Yes, all this, and more. Elegance is defined as: (compliments of dictionary.com)
1.tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.
2.gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style
3.graceful in form or movement
4.appropriate to refined taste
5.excellent; fine; superior
Well! Sounds quite la-de-da, doncha’ think?
I don’t. Elegance is something I believe everyone should strive for. It sets you apart from the riff-raff. If you want society in general to consider you a responsible adult, then acting in an unrefined, ungraceful, or tasteless manner will not endear you to many people.
The Simplicity of it all
Being elegant is not just looking like an early 1900’s debutante. While it does give you a good excuse to dress “to the nines”, it simply means good grooming, good hygiene, and good manners. Dress the part and the world will see you thus.
It also does not mean that you can use ignorance as an excuse. If you learn about the world around you, the ways of society, and the reasons for being a decent human being, you will become a bit more enlightened. Elegant people are intellectual and informed.
Some simple ways to portray the fact that you are indeed an elegant person are:
1. Using politeness – Please and thank you show others that you are a refined member of society
2. Being respectful – of everyone, even those you disagree with
3. Showing kindness to all – people and animals alike
4. Having a generous spirit – giving of yourself, your talents, your knowledge, and not just your money
Another Way to Look at it
The term elegant is also used in computer science, mathematics, and other sciences.. It refers to a simple answer or solution. A consistency of color, or line, or technique. A theory is considered elegant if it offers a complete solution without an overwhelming amount of ideas.
Rather a good way to perceive the world.
Are you elegant? What makes you so? Post a comment.