Tomorrow I will be 49 years old. Which is, frankly, incredible. It seems like five minutes ago I was about to turn 18! Back then, a great family friend used to joke with me, saying ‘one day you’ll reach the age of elegance’. I took this very seriously, however, and I would ask, ‘When? How old will I be? What will make me elegant? What will I be wearing?’ There were, of course, no easy answers to those questions.
In the intervening 31 years, I’ve learned a lot about what ‘elegance’ means. I believe it comes down to two elements: acceptance and simplicity. Accepting who you are now (not a decade ago, or an unachievable idea of who you might be one day), and embracing simplicity.
I use this approach with my clients too, helping them to make the best of themselves as they are, right now. I get them thinking about simplicity – paring things back, investing in the best, transcending trends. The goal is elegance, which demands wisdom and experience. And that, of course, comes with age…
Happy Christmas everyone !