Ethereal beauty is characterized by a distinctly feminine aesthetic that is not overtly sexy. It is the ultimate romantic aesthetic channelled with a mesmerizing touch of otherworldly delicacy. Such an angelic and supernal definition is often perceived as a difficult aura to exude. How does one achieve such a seemingly unreachable level of celestial characteristics?
Whilst the true aura of an ethereal elle is admittedly a little harder to achieve; enchanting, pure of heart and with an air of great maturity and wisdom around them- even in their youth. The ethereal style is far easier to accomplish.
At its essence, this supremely romantic style is identified by a few attributes: elongated, unconstructed, highly-detailed, and sirenic. All of which is delicately balanced inbetween the opposing and common styles of seductive and girlish. If you yearn to implement a truly romantic element into your personal style or simply as an experimentation, then here are my seven secrets to ethereal style…
Lighter than air
When it comes to fabric choices, there needs to be an element of fragility. Ethereal is defined by diaphanous thus it must be transferred in the materials worn. Sheer textiles, lace, chiffon, vegan silk (ethereal should never require animal cruelty), tulle and satin. Fabrics such always maintain a fluidity to them.
When an ethereal beauty walks into the room, her clothes should flow around her. Like a cloud. Anything stiff and structured immediately expels everything that defines otherworldly style.
Undoubtedly, flowing fabric is easily found in light dresses, skirts, and loose tops, which when paired together can throw the wearers proportions out. One of the attributes of ethereal style is elongation. Therefore, there needs to be a balance of loose and flowing and well-fitted attire to flatter the figure. Wide-leg trousers paired with lace trim tops tucked into the waistband; fitted dresses with excess fabric around the sleeve or back of the skirt; tulle skirts with skin-tone shoes. It is best to avoid showing cleavage, oversized knitted sweaters, sharp angular cuts and borrowed-from-the-boys trends.
The fabric drapes over her, but it never drowns her.
Enchanted to meet hue
The right colour palette sets the right mood. Whilst silhouette, fabrics and detailing all implement a correlation to historical fashion, hues and tones emit an emotive language. If you have ever went to art class at school, this should not be a difficult notion to grasp. We all correlate certain colours with an emotion. For instance, red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with war, danger, strength and power as well as passion and desire. (But also good luck in China, so it is wise to understand that culture plays a big part in this) It is a basic principle which speaks to our subconscious. But what happens when one colour becomes two?
Suddenly those simple colour symbolisms become more advanced. The right colour combinations become a powerful way to truly exude the ethereal aura through how one dresses. Blue and pink becomes tender serenity. White and lilac narrates the purity of a first love. Each colour tells a certain story and a colour palette chronicles a new tale.
When it comes to an ethereal colour palette, soft shades are the only direction. Lilac, skye blue, nude, blossom, pearlescent white, cream, etc. Any shade that emits a heavenly undertone will assist in achieving the romantic style you desire.
This is where an ethereal ensemble really comes to life… the details.
The angelic characteristic of this enchanting style is embellished with high-octane detailing. A gold chain belt, a pink diamond necklace or a silver pin. These small delicate touches add a hint of alluring mystery that sends the ethereal edit straight up to the heavens. However, I must insist on stressing the term small. The additional touches should be tiny and work harmoniously with everything else worn. A boisterous necklace or a bold grab bag adds a dramatic statement that perseus only the opposite of what ethereal style entails. There is an endearing tranquility to romantic profiles and dominating elements have no place in this style sector.
In this particular case, my gorgeous dress is decorated in pink embroidered florals and purple leaf motifs. Further enhanced by dozens of transparent sequins that add a tasteful touch of light-reflecting sparkle. The design reimagines the way the midday sunlight dances along the river and beautiful peonies float up-on the surface. This dreamy influence is what perfectly demonstrates why these details are so important; they cast visions of fairytales and that is where true ethereal style sits. Firmly on top of all the delicate details, which tell a story of something far beyond the worlds we live in.
An angelic complexion is much simpler to achieve than one may initially believe. Natural, refined and timeless; think the Ingénue makeup look from Charlotte Tilbury. A flawless base with a light foundation followed by light concealer for a flawless complexion is very important. However, not as vital as a heavy dose of blusher in a complementary shade to that of your skin tone. Further enhanced by highlighter and lengthening mascara, the soft sweep of a deep pink shade on the lips perfectly completes the beauty look.
Everything needs to have a light and airy touch to it. Therefore, makeup should not look ‘cakey’ or harsh.
Much like the flowing fabrics, the luscious locks of the ethereal woman falls like the waves in river streams. It needs to look natural with a silky texture to emanate the same shape and feel of the materials worn.
A 1.5 inch wand to create soft, loose waves is a perfect hair tool. However, whilst many ethereal woman in history such as have long, flowing hair this is certainly not a necessity component. Pixie cuts and shoulder-length hairstyles work just as perfectly. It is more about the texture, natural colouring and shape of ones hairstyle that will reach heavenly heights.
A dress made of dreams
Finding that perfect piece- the one design that truly speaks the ethereal language- is the final and essential ingredient to successfully achieve otherworldly style. Fortunately, for those special occasions and ethereal inspiration, the incredible brand, Andrea and Leo, have you covered.
The pinnacle of ethereal eveningwear, each collection is crafted for the hopeless romantics. Each creation is cast in dreamy hues and whimsical embellishments, supremely cut in feminine silhouettes for impeccable charm. They almost look as though they were crafted by fairies, spun with elvish silver and sprinkled with pixy dust and the dress I have worn here is surely a testament to this exquisite art form.
When special occasions call or your heart yearns for the ultimate ethereal ensemble, this is the brand to look too.
In its simplest form the essence of ethereal style is channelling the same emotive language felt when we read the romantic fairytales that sit on our bookshelves. It feels real but it can never quite be touched- always out of our grasp. This is why ethereal fashion feels so out of reach. But now you know. It only takes knowing seven secrets, a touch of faith and a dose of self-confidence to actually pursue true ethereal style.
*In collaboration with Andrea and Leo and NewYorkDress. This dress was gifted to me by Andrea and Leo through NewYorkDress. Please note that I will never work with a brand that I do not believe in and I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts no matter what.
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