Is elegance something simple to achieve? Absolutely not, trust me. In fact Italians often say “la classe non e’ acqua”, which means “being classy is a rare quality, not something common like water”.
Simplicity is the key of pure elegance. Have you noticed how the ballet dancers make their movements look so simple? What they do only looks easy and smooth, but actually – let me assure you- it’s very hard and requires years of practice! But the simplest they make their movements look to our eyes, the more perfect and harmonious their performance is. This very same concept applies to elegance.
When a woman wears a nice simple black dress, a pair of high heels, a necklace or a pair of earrings (both together is too much), and a small purse or clutch bag, she looks so elegant already. If she also wears a chignon hair style and just a very natural make up she can be incredibly chic!
For a man is even easier: he can look so elegant with just a pair of dark pants (no jeans in my opinion) and a shirt, which he can wear inside with a leather belt or outside (depending how he looks and feels and what’s the occasion), some nice dark leather shoes, a clean hair cut and that’s it!
(Extract from the Blog "Eleganza-per-me.com" by Maria Vanessa Colapinto)