Looking and feeling elegant is not reserved for the well-to-do. It doesn’t matter if you live in a small studio apartment, drive an economy car, or many do not consider your job glamorous or completely professional.
Elegance is a state of mind and it is not determined by the amount of money you have.
Women deserve to feel elegant, especially with everything they can accomplish. As a woman of this generation, you can be whatever you want to be and nothing should stop you from being the person that you desire to be.
And, if you want to live an elegant life, you can do so in many different ways that do not require you busting your entire paycheck. Here are five ways to accomplish this goal:
1. Continue learning
Knowledge is power; it can transform the way you live and perceive yourself.
Invest in information that can elevate you as a person or even as a professional. Learn a new language, how to manage your finances strategically, or even a new sport. Pursue your interest and refine yourself.
You do not need a lot of money to sign up for classes on your interests. There are educational sites that offer classes for free. Or, you can subscribe to a few blogs and listen to podcasts from the masters. Money is really no issue for pursuing knowledge, your true investment here is time. You need to allocate time for learning.
2. Eat healthily
Have you noticed that it’s quite rare for elegant women to have weight issues? This is not because they are eternally on a diet, but rather because they are careful with what they put in their body. Most of them are big tea drinkers and shun carbonated beverages. Also, they like to eat fresh and they know the value of a good soup for every meal.
So, try overhauling your meals. Make sure that you always have greens and soup. Not only will doing this boost your health, but it will also transform your appetite. You will find yourself eating less meat and carbs because, during the meal, veggies and soup will already fill you some.
Eating healthy is a great way to honor yourself as well as show the people you love that you care about them.
If you find the price of seasonal produce too steep for your budget, try growing some of your own food. Vegetables can grow in pots by your windowsill. Ditto with most herbs.
3. Create a polished look every day
Whatever happens in your everyday life, it always helps to actually look good. It can provide you with a boost of confidence to take anything on.
So, make the effort to wear makeup and style your hair every day until it just becomes a habit. Also, take a cue from the French who invest in a manicure and pedicure because classy self-presentation is never complete without polished nails.
4. Wear “good” clothing
Throw out any items of clothing that do not fit you well, have stains, and holes. Create a capsule wardrobe of pieces that you know look good on you and will allow you to go about your days comfortably yet stylishly.
Good clothing does not mean expensive buys, but rather carefully chosen pieces that say something about the person you are and want to become. For example, a billowy white dress is a beautiful but versatile piece, and you can buy one at an affordable price. It won’t look too unusual to be worn at home when you’re just relaxing, or going out for brunch with friends.
When you only have good clothing in your wardrobe, you automatically make looking stylishly presentable a breeze. It is worth noting, too, that wearing presentable clothing is a way of showing respect to whomever you meet – this is something truly elegant women uphold.
5. Move that body
Walk to places, take the stairs, bike, hike – just keep moving. Constant movement is an elegant woman’s preferred workout for health and fitness. It’s not some big production, but rather an easy yet deliberate way of going about your daily activities.
If you choose to move in these different ways, you can manage your weight better, tone your muscles, develop strength, have more energy, and overall just have a good-looking body.
Upholding an elegant way of life can bring more joy into living.
Give yourself this wonderful gift because it can create a wave of positive changes in your personal life as well as in the people who matter to you.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.