Fashion is one of the most ever-changing aspects of pop culture. Fads and trends of pattern mixing, monochromatic outfits, top-knots and pin curls, pencil skirts and then maxi skirts, pointy-toed stilettos to chunky square-toed pumps come and go faster than Northeast Ohio’s weather changes (which is a lot, I assure you).
But style: that’s something completely different.
Audrey Hepburn. Jackie Kennedy. Grace Kelly. All three women are known for their classic, chic style that is completely timeless and effortless.
Fifty years after her prime, Audrey Hepburn is still considered to be “the ultimate style icon.”
Similarly, Jackie Kennedy completely changed the way First Ladies were seen and is “universally celebrated as one of the best dressed women of all time.”
I find it interesting that each of these women utilized clean lines in their clothing. Jackets were tailored to be fitted at the shoulders and wrist bone; they each stuck with silhouettes that accented their best features. Skirts and dresses were fairly modest and fabrics and colors were feminine and complimentary to their personalities. Trends and fads have come and gone, but these three beautiful ladies have remained in the public eye throughout the decades due to their conscience attempt to be ladies and not fall prey to ridiculous fashion stunts of their eras.
Two weeks ago I donned Dainty Jewell’s Lady in Lace in Kelly Green and felt like I had been instantly transformed into the likes of Audrey, Jackie and Grace. Perhaps it was the cut of the dress or the delicate crocheted-like lace, the high bun, vintage gloves or capped toe pumps — but regardless of the reason, I felt like I could have been named on Great Britain’s Top 40 Style Icons list that day!
Please don’t misunderstand me — I’m certainly not suggesting I should be on the list, merely stating that I felt like one classy woman strutting around my driveway taking pictures on that crisp, spring morning!
With Easter in just a few days, I encourage you to break free of pop culture and dress with class this Sunday. Pull out your great-grandma’s delicate gloves, go for a more refined silhouette or wear a hat instead of trying to make a statement with the most outlandish, “unique” outfit you can find.
Don’t dress simply for the sake of “dressing up” for Easter this Sunday — put some thought into what you are going to wear on this most important holiday for believers. While trendy pieces are certainly fun and have their place, I urge you to rethink your wardrobe, not only on Easter, but as a whole this season. Choose pieces to wear that identify you as the woman of God you are; dress to impress not the people around you but your Savior; be conscious about the image you portray to others at all times and use your clothing choices to draw people to Jesus. Let your style say something more than pentecostal fashionista to those around you: let your outward appearance speak of Jesus being your style icon.