When I was about eight years old, I was sitting in my Great-Grandmother's room watching a Yankees baseball game. All of a sudden, she looked at me and told me something that I would never forget. She told me that if a person had manners, were kind to others, and confident in themselves it wouldn't matter if they wore rags because they would be accepted anywhere.
"Who cares what they're wearing on Main Street of Saville Row; It's what you wear from ear to ear And not from head to toe." Lyrics from the song 'You're never fully dressed without a smile' from the Broadway play 'Annie' (1977).
Everyone has heard of the three 'S's' 'Smart, Sexy, and Sophisticated'. 'Sophisticate in the Suburbs' has been exploring what it means to be Sophisticated in the 21st Century. The blog 'A Sophisticate Goes Back to School' talks about how a Sophisticate in the 21st Century is both book smart and street smart a.k.a. has common sense. I believe being smart is not knowing everything, it is about having the confidence to know you don't know everything.
A 'Sophisticate' or being Sophisticated in the 21st Century is not about being a flawless and picture perfect female wearing a gorgeous, expensive little black dress. 'Sophistication' is the person who wears the dress and is able to make the 'little black dress' gorgeous.
When I first watched 'The Wizard of Oz', I believed Judy Garland's shoes were made of actual rubies. One day while I was at a museum a pair of the real shoes from 'The Wizard of Oz' were an exhibit. When I looked at them up close I realized that they were merely sequins sewn on a pair of plain high heels. I couldn't believe that the worn shoes with stitches coming out of them were the same beautiful shoes in the movie. The little black dress was ordinary in style yet, Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' turned the dress, a pair of ordinary black sunglasses, costume jewelry, and a pair of plain black shoes into a style 'must have' for the next Century.
How were ordinary shoes with sequins and a plain black dress turned into an exhibit at a museum or worth millions of dollars to those who wanted to buy them at auctions?
I believed that the sexiest men who ever wore a suit in a movie were Pierce Bronson in the movie 'The Thomas Crown Affair' (1999), Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight' (2008), and Ryan Gosling in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' (2010). I believe what made those men sexy in a suit were not their well made, fine tailored suit, or even their good looks. Fine tailored suits can be made any day and there are men who are better looking yet, the difference is that they look comfortable wearing a suit. They had something while they wore a suit... confidence.
In the end, a Sophisticate is 'Smart, Sexy, and Sophisticated' because she the one 'C'... Confident ;D!