Sense of Style
by Lynda Pogue
Make the effort…
you’re worth it!
When traveling in
everyone notices that the women there, even those in small
villages, have a Je
ne sais quoi… a sense of style.
There’s a kind of confidence they exude when doing the
simplest things like strolling down a cobbled street or
picking out the perfect orange in a little marketplace. Is it
innate? I don’t think so. A charming French friend has told me
that her mother and sisters taught her little things such as
always throwing on a scarf and pin or necklace and earrings
every day. Always having as good a haircut and shoes as you
can afford. Always making sure your nails are clean. And never
going without lipstick…. inside the house or outside.
Why bother? It’s
simple: It makes you feel better when you take a moment for
yourself. This has nothing to do with the crazy fixation we
have about trying to emulate some overly skinny model or movie
star. These folks often have almost no personal sense of
style. They and their agents are marketing themselves to the
public… especially to teenage girls. What I’m talking about is
simply polishing the silver to make it sparkle… and the silver
remember the movie “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and
Debra Kerr. Remember when they went to visit his gorgeous old
French grandmere? She tore at your heartstrings because of her
inner beauty and her lovely lovely sense of style. Just the
way she pulled that shawl over her shoulders. Sigh.
The image we’re discussing here isn’t about costly
Style doesn’t equate with money. It’s about thinking twice
before going outside in an old pair of sweat pants. It’s about
caring to put on a pair of fabulous earrings. (As an aside…
I’ll never forget the salesperson that taught me about wearing
big sparkly earrings with jeans if I wanted. She said “Why
not? If they put a smile on your face… who says it’s just for
Isn’t every moment a special occasion?” Don’t you love that?)
It’s easy to become a bit sloppy when saying to oneself that
comfort is a priority. OK. So comfort doesn’t have to rule out
style does it?
right now, go and put on a pair of big earrings that you
wouldn’t normally wear and see how spunky they make you feel!
And when you feel spunky you hold yourself differently. You
walk differently. THAT’S what your personal sense of style is