“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ― Coco Chanel
I think it’s interesting that an icon of fashion design such as Chanel would be a spokesperson for simplicity. In my mind, fashion involves the marketing of endless shoe styles, scarves, purses and costume jewelry, to say nothing of more clothes than the average person can fit easily into her closet. We might fall for a clean, basic dress design dramatically portrayed in an advertisement, but the proliferation of ads themselves sell the idea of more, more, more. And some of the bizarre looks in today’s footwear could not be described as “simple” by any standard.
The same is true in home design; even the magazine spreads that feature a clean, spare style also are selling the idea of ever-changing paint colors, linens, furnishings and trendy looks that are destined to give way to the next “great new thing.” While I love looking at colorful home fashions as much as the next woman (OK, almost as much), I do wonder whether the cost and maintenance are worth indulging in the latest fads, especially in hard-to-change items such as light fixtures and tile backsplashes.
Bling is great fun, but it also takes up a lot of storage space. And my life definitely bears out the old 80/20 rule when it comes to what I actually use and wear most. In fact, for me it might be closer to 90/10. Maybe Chanel’s quote would be a good one to keep in mind next time I go into my closet to put together a donation for Goodwill. Elegance has never been a word I associate with myself, but it’s something to aspire to, especially if it helps me de-clutter.
Do you agree with Chanel that simplicity and elegance go hand-in-hand?
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