In a time where we are seeing a reduction in the quality of our humanity, reclaiming a higher standard for society is essential to the moral evolution of our world. This post is about the lost art of elegance and class.
The definition of elegance is pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance and manner. It’s pleasingly ingenious and simple.
The definition of classy is stylish and sophisticated. Having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior.
Elegance and class are two character traits that are extremely under looked in our modern society. Some of the most classy icons of all time like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly have become less prevalent as role models for younger generations. Reclaiming and reintroducing a higher standard for society has never been more crucial than now.
The Lost Art of Elegance and Class
Elegance Requires Discipline
What has declined in our current society is taste, respect, discipline, and quality. Elegance requires self-discipline. Balenciaga once said the secret of elegance is elimination. Simplicity and prioritization.
In a world of increasing consumption, increasing lack, and increasing need, we are being convinced we want more, need more, and should add more. Advertising and marketing firms capitalize on human insecurities and inadequacies, making us feel that we are not enough without all of the extras. The extra makeup, the extra clothes, the extra shoes, the extra beauty additions, the extra cars, money, houses, credit cards, etc.
To have discipline means to have a strong understanding of one’s self, and one’s priorities in life. To know what to spend time, energy, and money on, versus what is not worth those assets to you. Elegance involves having self-discipline in the way we speak, the thoughts we think, and the actions we take. It means having high standards and setting boundaries with ourselves to meet those standards.
Modesty and Elegance
Coco Chanel once said that “Modesty is the highest elegance.” We see more and more in the world that reveals just about everything about our personal lives and bodies is idolized. Women flaunt their bums cheaply as if they aren’t a sacred, beautiful part of their divine feminity. Men flaunt their money and assets under the illusion that the more they flaunt the more affluent and successful they appear, when in fact, true elegance entails the exact opposite.
“True class is when someone has everything to flaunt, but chooses not to show it.”
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Elegance and Class Demonstrate Respect
Practicing elegance and class is a lost art because our world has become entitled. We think that our opinions are factual and that everyone needs and wants to hear them. We think that we know better than others and are better than others.
We’re seeing a massive decline in self-respect and respect for other people, property, and true art. When we choose to change this pattern and cultivate a sense of elegance and class deep within our being, we radiate respect and naturally raise the standard for those we interact with.
“It’s not the appearance, it’s the essence. It’s not the money, it’s the education. It’s not the clothes, it’s the class.” -Coco Chanel
When we stop focusing so heavily on what’s on the surface, and the imagery and illusion we portray, we can start giving more attention to the quality and content of our true character.
“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside”
In order to change the pattern and trend of our world, it’s up to each individual to raise the standard for themselves and what they represent. Who they are at their core. Over time, this energy will begin to bleed into others in society and become a domino effect, cultivating a larger sense of respect and dignity for our world.
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Practicing Elegance and Class
“Pretty is an act of nature, elegant is a self-created work of art” – Being Caballero
It’s not about being born into money or being born beautifully proportioned or aesthetically perfect looking. Elegance and class are character traits that no one is born with. They are qualities that are practiced day in and day out. They are ideals that guide your each and every decision. The way you dress in the morning, the things you speak, the way you eat a cheeseburger.
This is not about being stuck up or coming across as unapproachable or like you’re better than others. It’s about representing a higher standard of manners, regard, and consideration of your own self-worth as well as others.