This is a quote that gets bandied about quite a bit, but I don’t know how many of us have thought about how this idea translates into everyday actions and choices.
But I think it might be:
- Refuse to buy what we’re told are “must-have” items. Elegance is not conforming to the dictates of others – especially when their primary goal is to sell you something, and not to help you be more elegant, more attractive, or more financially secure.
- Refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that you need new clothes constantly, no matter that you already have enough clothes, or that you don’t need to spend more money, or that the environment can’t sustain each of us buying clothes without restraint and planning.
- Refuse to fall prey to the “color of the year”. Or more generally, refuse to believe that you have to own the entire rainbow in your wardrobe in order to not be drab or boring.
- Refuse to be a human billboard of visible logos. I wonder what Chanel would say about the logos on so many products… I scrolled through dozens of photographs of her, and I couldn’t find any in which she was wearing anything with a logo – have you seen any? I’m so curious…
What does it mean to you?