How do these subtle differences translate into your personal style – your choices of accessories and garments? Both are beautiful and appealing, but there are substantial differences, if we study the paintings long enough. These were some of my thoughts:
For jewelry, Renoir art gives me the feeling of delicate, carefully jeweled pieces with a lot of detail, and a bit of sparkle. Laurencin suggested to me something more simple, relying on the lustre of the stone, and the curving graceful lines of the setting. I pictured it like this:
Either of these women looks suggests a beautiful pink blouse, but the Renoir woman has the floral pattern right IN the fabric of the blouse, while the Laurencin is a sleeker top with ornaments carefully scatter about the fabric. Renoir woman’s earrings have sparkly settings of tiny stones, while the Laurencin lady’s earring is more smoothly rounded. And Madame Renoir carries a bag of lacy delicacy, while Lady Laurencin’s bag is equally feminine, but is a simple bag with the single, exceptional ornament attached to the bag.
A Renoir-esque necklace is a feast of strands, stones, and a bit of overstatement, while the Laurencin-inspired necklace is all subtle, glossy simplicity. Renoir skirts have ruffles, while Laurencin skirts have a shimmer and low-key gradiation of color. And of COURSE, Renoir would suggest a lacy flat, while Laurencin’s has just a touch of a luminous toe cap to give it some lady-like appeal.
Madame Renoir’s scarf choices are distinctly floral, and her otherwise modern watch will CERTAINLY have some diamond trim! Lady Laurencin’s scarves are a bit more modern, but still softly flattering, and her watch has a sculptural appeal complemented by the beautiful rose face.
You wouldn’t necessarily wear more than one or two of these pieces at a time, but once you’ve clearly defined what feminine, lady-like, delicate or pretty means to you PERSONALLY, your choices become clearer. Find what makes you happy, and commit to it!