Our elegance mentor, Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, teaches us that discretion is “a sort of refined good taste” and is often used as a synonym for elegance. She advises us that it should be our principle objective before 8:00 p.m. But, discretion should never be confused with drabness. A simple black dress is discreet. Madame Dariaux warns us, though, that
a bright red outfit in a style that was a fad five years ago is like the stroke of an eraser which makes the wearer vanish into the misty masses of anonymity.
Madame Daiaux continues by telling us that the perfect harmony of a discreetly dressed woman is appreciated and remembered while a drab woman is forgotten in a second–if she is even seen in the first place.
Finally, Madame Daiaux finishes her lesson by reminding us that elegant women do not feel the need to attract attention. A woman wearing an extreme garment that is poorly made “is the height of inelegance.”
Do you agree with Madame Daiaux? Is her advice still relevant 50 years after she wrote them? Do you think an extreme garment is destined to be classified as inelegant?