A Return to Elegance

| Nov 15, 2016
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Casual Friday taken too far just reflects the ongoing trend to Minimalism in America today or what some have interpreted to mean comfort at any cost.  And  If you’re getting tired of this ultra-streamlined, monochrome, minimalist look dominating fashion today, then change may be coming with a return to the Feminine and a return to Elegance.

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The street styles that surrounded the 7 days of New York fashion week and the curated looks of magazine editors, models, style bloggers, and industry  professionals certainly had much to say as the tides of street style have changed, and we saw a resurgence in feminine styles.

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Meet Jenny Walton, the modern-day street style icon is bringing back our absolute favorite fashions from bygone eras. Walton is a freelance illustrator and the current fashion director at The Sartorialist. Her signature feminine skirts, quirky heels, and unique vintage finds are enough to have us on board.  Ribbons, oversize dangling earrings, swoon-worthy pumps, and midi skirts galore, a modern-day Audrey Hepburn. And, she knows the key to great fashion: choosing what looks great on you. This is hardly a secret, but it’s all too often forgotten among all those trendy fashions.

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With this move towards more feminism, the elegant and sophisticated lady is again coming into style. Being a feminine woman should be celebrated for she is strong, but also delicate, intelligent yet still humble, kind and well mannered, and graceful, with a wonderful presentation. However, we must learn how to be elegant through interest, reading, watching, and emulating the correct forms. It’s not easy but the guidelines are there for the taking and Sister House is your all-inclusive source on feminine presentation, From our Stylish Crossdressers to our highly informative articles on the Psychology of Clothing, the Body Shape Compendium and the many forms of Feminine Presentation, we start you on the right path. Then our authoritative All About series on any article of clothing leaves no stone unturned in  giving you the history and the how-to’s on selecting what fits your style followed by our section on Putting It Together by the best of our style icons in the trans community.

But what is the image of an elegant lady. Most people tend to think that image means how you dress. But that’s only part of it. Image really consists of three elements: how you look, act, and speak. If all three are awesome, the sky’s the limit. If not, you won’t get very far.

If you look around any crowd these days, you’d be hard pressed to find any one person with all three elements. They may look good or they may be polite or they may speak intelligently. But to have all three?


That’s because most people only focus on one or two elements — if any at all.

Dress in particular has taken a hit in the last 25 years as we become more and more casual. Fifty years ago, you weren’t considered properly dressed without a hat and gloves. Today, people leave the house in their pajamas and think dressing up means “the good jeans.” Manners and speech have become just as sloppy.

Want to get ahead? Do the opposite. Go old school and dress, act, and speak with purpose. Not only will you stand out, you’ll also leapfrog ahead of just about everyone else, because being the “Total Package” is about as rare as being a unicorn. And unicorns always get special treatment.

In some ways, I feel we’re in two camps. Those that understand good presentation, manners, and speech and those that don’t.  These elements effect the world’s perception of you. Think about it.

Are you likely to be accosted in the street or in the bathroom if you are perceived as an elegant lady?

Elegance is Timeless. Here are a few examples of timeless elegance. Nautical print tops, white linen pants and shorts, dark wash jeans, silk scarves, and beautiful, yet simple shoes. These few outfits can be worn for years and will never go out of style. These pieces are classics! Do not be flamboyant with colors, seek simplicity in your wardrobe. Simple, elegant, quality, and timeless should be the 4 words you remember when shopping

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Elegance is also sexy. A  lady does not always have to be conservative and “buttoned up” to be fashionable and elegant. There are many ways to have sexy elegance and seen to be sophisticated and desirable. Wear just one of these outfits out in public and watch the attention you receive! You can be in the grocery store, leaving work, or having a drink at an upscale bar. Men and women will be checking you out because you have elegant sex appeal.

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You are always being watched. Perfecting these behaviors is key to presenting well in public and when you think no one is watching you.


Sources:  Verilymag.com,     Livelylovelylessons

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Tasi was a transgender, married, lifelong crossdresser. She passed away in late 2018. She’s the founder of the Ladies of the Blue Ridge transgender group in Roanoke VA, a prolific writer, commentator and blogger including fashion articles for Tri-Ess, TG Reporter, Repartee, and Pretty T-Girls magazine. Tasi currently resides in Merida, (Yucatan) Mexico. Her new website, Sister House and her blog, the Fashionable TG Woman are dedicated to fashion and style for the transgendered woman. Tasi’s book, "Top Ten Fashion Mistakes By Crossdressers and How To Fix Them" is available on Amazon or on her site free to subscribers.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more with every word. People in general have let themselves down by the relaxing of a dress code, not only women but males too. You weren’t allowed in a restaurant without a tie, and a hirt and pants obviously. I was in a restaurant where, among a group at thr next table sat a young man in shorts which resembled what are called Board Shorts down here, a singlet top and bare feet. It was simply distasteful and showed a complete lack of respect to his hosts.
    Bring back the maître d with his right to refuse.

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