Vivian hesitantly steps into a boutique shop in LA where she expects to buy a few outfits Edward Lewis wishes to gift to her in order to make her feel more comfortable as she walks down the busy city streets. Her mini denim skirt, ripped top, and attractive, tousled curly hair causes quite a stir as she browses the shops lined up in Rodeo Drive. Her clothes have almost barred her entry into the hotel where she is staying with the future love of her life. They painfully highlight the fact that she is more than a guest: she is a prostitute accompanying the unapologetic millionaire Edward.
While life may not be Pretty Woman, we can still experience the protagonist’s awkward situation where her clothing was immediately pegged as that of a "classless" woman. Despite the wardrobe malfunction, she still caught her Prince Charming.
Elegance is not about spending outrageous amounts of money. Instead it relies on having good taste, which is reflected in the choice of clothing and accessories that when brought together they create the ultimate masterpiece.
Julia Roberts is the perfect example to follow when constructing a new style, and this elegance is achieved by balancing the outfits. For instance, if you are wearing a bright sequin dress, tone down the accessories; if you are wearing neutral colors all the time, don’t be afraid to wear bright or sparkly accessories, and if you are all about the fierce make up look, don’t detract from it by wearing a plunging neckline.
You can witness this "balance" in the timeless box office hit Pretty Woman, but since we are here to make your life easier and not make you rewind, stop, and play the film thousands of times, we give you 20 details you have to pay attention to if you want your middle name to spell "Elegance."
ALWAYS pick one protagonist in your outfit
ALWAYS wear skirts, dresses, shorts, and capris shorts that will lengthen your legs, this is key for girls on the petite side
ALWAYS try out new combinations, so your style doesn’t become monotonous, boring, or worse… insipid.
ALWAYS take care of your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin. All the effort you put into your latest season outfit will be lost if it is stained with coffee or make up.
ALWAYS be discrete when wearing top brands, pick only one! If you are wearing a Michael Kors watch, a Coach bag, Tory Burch flats, and the furriest Fendi key chain all at once you won't look elegant, more like chavy.
ALWAYS wear clothes that you find comfortable, fidgeting with your low cut jeans or adjusting the cropped top will ruin any new look you just bought
NEVER cling to sizes that don’t suit your body type. All figures can look elegant if you dress them accordingly.
ALWAYS have the basics at hand. Your closet cannot exist without a white shirt, black blazer, white tennis shoes, the LBD, and your black heels.
ALWAYS check the weather before leaving the house; an awesome faux fur coat won’t do you any favors in the boiling summer
ALWAYS pick new clothes that will seamlessly match the ones you already have, or else your closet will expand with no control.
NEVER buy clothes just because they are in fashion. Always follow the things you like and combine them with something modern.
ALWAYS combine your outfit with a well-kept, pretty handbag, because this is the first accessory we all turn to when looking at an outfit
ALWAYS go for the things that make you feel comfortable without taking unnecessary risk of exposing your lady parts
NEVER combine super short clothes with plunging necklines; showing top and bottom at the same time is the opposite of good taste.
ALWAYS wear accessories even if they are small or discrete, and avoid leaving the house as if you just rolled out of bed.
ALWAYS balance the top and bottom, if you are wearing a maxi skirt, don’t wear a loose top, or it will look as if you are drowning in too much fabric.
NEVER wear clothes that are too tight for you. Instead opt for the stylish bodycon clothes that will ensure you get noticed. You want to look good not as if you are dressed up as Elasti-Girl.
ALWAYS pay attention to the swear words that pop out of your mouth or the way you ask for things. One thing is to be confident and another rude.
ALWAYS follow the dress codes for the different special occasions, and if you are unsure you can simply ask the host.
ALWAYS maintain a good posture, since you will not only look good but it is healthy as well.
4. Make Up
ALWAYS highlight your best attribute and pick either your eyes or lips as the focal point.
3. Finger Nails
ALWAYS keep an eye out on your nail varnish and check that it doesn’t chip, since a cracked nail can make your hands look like a mess.
ALWAYS go for heels that you feel comfortable walking in. If you are wobbling on sky high Louboutin, people will be more concerned catching you if you fall rather than focusing on your awesome shoes.
ALWAYS keep a close eye on the details, because it doesn’t matter if it’s from High Street or straight from 5th Avenue, if it is crooked or badly sewn, its beauty will be lost.
ALWAYS analyze which colors suit you best and which clothes are best worn when. Only then you can know what is the best option for you.
Julia Roberts had the chance to reclaim her style and fill it to the brim with elegance and distinction. You don’t need Richard Gere to take everything out of your closet and turn it around.
Be bold, mix and match, wear that one outfit when people least expect you to, add some heels, and do whatever you want to do always within the boundaries of good taste. That line is easier to cross than you think.