Princess Mary: the World’s Most Stylish Royal

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In a recent survey conducted by Hello! magazine, Denmark’s Crown Princess was voted the world’s most stylish royal.  The stakes were high with competition being the popular Duchess of Cambridge who came second and Queen Rania of Jordan who came third.

So what makes Mary the most stylish dresser of all?

Princess Mary style reflects a genuine and passionate interest in the international fashion scene, in choosing pieces from local Danish designers to attending some of the leading designer’s fashion shows during the annual Copehagen fashion weeks often with her personal stylist, Anja Camilla Alajdi.

Mary is a master at transformation: from an average Danish woman riding her bicycle along Copenhagen’s cobblestone streets for an evening out to an international style icon.  In December, 2004 the Crown Princess spoke to Vogue where she said, “It is important that I look smart and elegant and appropratly dressed for every occasion.  I’m still developing my style to fit in with my new role.” During the 9 years since that interview, there is no doubt that the Princess has clearly defined what works for her in both style and wardrobe. But through each phase, one factor never changes: her inner glow that makes each ensemble look natural, relevant and completely individual.

What characteristics make Mary’s style stand out as an icon for so many women?

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Understated elegance.  Mary understands that great style emerges from dressing simply and avoiding unnecessary adornments.  Mary’s simple style often reflects a well-known look with the addition of a small personal detail to enhance it and make it her own.  Often paring a simple linen shift dress that is close to being out-of-date with a beautiful cashmere top lifts the look from plain to chic.  With help from her stylist, Mary has managed to strike a clear style by combining elements such as a coloured belt tied at the waist, pointy shoes and wide-brimmed hats.  These are all small elements which creates an icon: the ability to make people recognise a style through small, personal detail to enhance it and make it her own.

Expensive with the common.  Whilst Mary maintains her unpretentious charm her wardrobe has bestowed touches of the unattainable.  Mixing exclusive pieces with common accessories, Mary has created a clever and subtle mix of everyday fashion with regal eminence that makes her a style icon for women everywhere.

Inspiring design.   The poll showed that 68% of respondents found Princess Mary’s style ‘inspiring’ and much like the Dutchess of Cambridge there are several style blogs that are purely dedicated to tracking her her every sartorial move, providing information on what she wears and where to get it. (See links below)

Experimental style. There is no doubt Mary loves to mix and match fashion.  Over the years Mary has shown us how to combine a ladylike look with the latest fashion trends.  Not afraid to experiment with bold colours, prints and different styles, Mary has often displayed a sense of adventure when it comes to fashion.

Pairing is crucial.  A key element in Princess Mary’s put-together look is the key element that she keeps her assessories minimal and pair with each other.  This look, from her visit in Washington is a perfect example: handbag, heels and hat are all perfectly matching.  This provides the look to be ‘pulled-together’ from head to toe.  When wearing lighter colours, pair accessories in more earthy tones.  Wearing darker colours gives one the opportunity to experiment a little more.

Know your style. Knowing your style is knowing yourself – your character and your personality.  What are your natural colours and advantages?  Time and time again Mary has proved that she knows exactly who she is and is able to focus and enhance precisely what she wishes to enhance.

The final touches. As a natural innovator of royal fashion, Mary has remained faithful to wearing a hat when on royal duty.  Often assisted by her fravourite milliner, Susanne Juul, Mary has created a collection of stylish hats that resemble her modern yet elegant wardrobe.  One particular characteristic of Mary’s style, as previously mentioned, is her way of carrying through a complete look.  She always shows perfect attention to detail from head to toe and a hat adds the finishing touch.  Unfortunately, the general use of hats is a dying fashion but Mary understands that nothing gives more style and a touch of pizazz to an outfit than a beautiful headdress.

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Poll Results:

1. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark – 68 per cent

2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – 67 per cent

3. Queen Rania of Jordan – 61 per cent

4. Letizia, Princess of Asturias – 59 per cent

5. Madeleine, Princess of Sweden – 56 per cent

6. Charlene, Princess of Monaco – 52 per cent

7. Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden – 47 per cent

8. Zara Philips – 45 per cent

9. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands – 38 per cent

10. Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway – 33 per cent

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Follow Mary’s Fashion:

Style of Mary Blog

Royal Outfits of CPM Blog

Princess Mary Style Blog

Style Icon: Princess Mary

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Up, up, up, and away!

In exactly 6 days, 16 hours, 17 minutes and 7 second I will be boarding a big jet plane and flying up, up, up and away!  Traveling almost halfway around the globe to the beautiful city of Copenhagen I will then join my best friend to prepare for her wedding. Whilst the happy couple are on their honeymoon will then to continue down southern Europe for a delightful holiday.

While I’ve been busy organising my itinerary and packing my luggage I’ve also been planning on sharing some of my exciting adventures with my dear readers too!

More details to come!
Clare
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To Be Lady – Placing Your Hands

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In continuing with the subject on “how to be a Lady” I would like to look at the topic of how to place your hand when you are in a sitting position. Although this may seem a rather trivial topic, I think that it’s the little things that make a big difference. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve made this website, to not overlook the details of feminine etiquette. Shown below are some elegant ways on how to place you hands when in a sitting position. Once again, the illustrations are by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

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The Art of Introduction

Human beings are naturally social creatures. Many of us love the novelty of meeting new people and making new friends. But this would not be possible without a common language and a set of rules for putting it into practice. That set of rules is called… etiquette!
Introductions

Fear not. Everyone makes mistakes and gets a little nervous when introducing people.
If you make a mistake don’t worry about it, and certainly don’t fuss. Apologize, if you feel that is appropriate, and get it right next time.
When introducing people, make sure both parties can clearly hear what you are saying. An important point to remember is that, as with written communication, you must be consistent about the use or non-use of titles. In other words, say you are introducing two of your friends, an older one titled ‘Lady Sara’ and a younger one titled ‘Mrs. Jones’. If you refer to your friend as Smith as ‘Lady’, you must refer to your friend Jones as ‘Mrs’ when you introduce them. Otherwise, it’s Sara Smith and Mary Jones.

So here’s some helpful tips on making the right introductions:

1. Men are introduced to women, although there are exceptions. (See point 2).
Formally, you would say, ‘Mrs. Watson, may I introduce Mr. Chapman.’
Less formally, you might say, ‘Sharon Watson, this is Duncan Chapman.’
Informally, it might be as simple as, ‘Sharon, this is Duncan.’

2. If the man is very well known, the other person is introduced to him. For example, ‘Professor Bell, may I introduce Mrs. Foster.’
Less formally, you might say, Phillip Bell, this is Rose Foster.’
Informally, ‘Phillip this is Rose’

3. Younger women are introduced to older women.
Formally: ‘Mrs. Martin, may I introduce Miss Dalafas.’
Less Formally: Amiee Martin, this is Vanessa Dalafas’
Informally: ‘Amiee this is Vanessa’

4. Younger men are introduced to older men.
Formally: ‘Mr. Groves, may I introduce Mr. Donaldson.’
Less formally: ‘Peter Groves this is John Donaldson’
Informally: ‘Peter this is John’

5. Children are always introduced to adults. The adult’s title should be used unless you know that he or she prefers not to have it mentioned.
‘Mr. Stewart, I don’t think you have met my daughter, Mary’

6. When you introduce people of the same sex and similar age, the one who is less important should be introduced to the other.
Formally: ‘Dr. Noble, may I introduce Mr. Ord.’
Less formally: John Noble this is Ian Ord.’
Informally: ‘John this is Ian’
It’s a tricky one, this, if you are introducing two people with big egos so be careful who you choose. If you want to be the soul of tact, and wriggle out of it, you may say, ‘I’m sure you two notables must know each other already’ and leave it to them to introduce themselves.

7. Couples should be introduced separately, not as a unit, even if they are married and the wife has taken her husband’s name.
Formally, she is Mrs. Jennifer Latimer.
Informally, ‘Jennifer Latimer.’
If the wife uses her maiden name in business, she may or may not want to use it in private life. Find out before you make the introductions. If she prefers her maiden name, then formally she is Ms. Jennifer Ward.

8. If a woman is a widow, she is still addressed by her late husband’s name – that is, Mrs. Jennifer Latimer. If she is divorced, it is not correct of her to use her former husband’s given name, so she becomes Mrs. Jennifer Ward.

It is also important that before you leave two people you’ve just introduced, to rummage for some topic they might have in common, give them a lead:
“Dr. Noble has just done a interesting search on the common cold.’ The Wards have just moved from Copenhagen to Århus.’

What to Reply When You Are Introduced

‘How do you do’ is the formal response, when you are introduced to someone. On no means, take it as a enquiriy about your health, by saying, ‘I’m well’ or worse, ‘I’m good’. A popular, reply is ‘Hello’ which should do in occasions, other than strictly formal ones; some people say ‘Hi’ but that is too casual for anything than the most informal occasions.
It is permissible to say, ‘I’m delighted to meet you!’ but ‘Pleased to meet you’ is an absolute no-no’.

Here is some helpful tips, when you are introduced to someone.
· Greet the person with a cheery smile
· Look the person in the eye.
· When you meet someone that you have never met before, repeat their name. An easy tip, on how to remember their name is to associate their name with a rhyme: Fairy Mary; Tom the Pom; Phil the bill; racy Tracy. Make sure any irreverence remains unspoken.

Photography Credits (Danish Royal Watchers)

Updates & News

(Crown Prince Frederick & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark pose for an official photograph with their son, Prince Christian)

 

The Danish Royal Watchers has officially given the approval for Grace & Poise to post their photos. As I mentioned in my first post, that I would be using some photos to explicate any moves in the articles.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark proves to be an excellent model, to show feminine deportment. I would sincerely like to thank gigi and lotte, the contributors of the Danish Royal Watchers, for their kindness in allowing me to use their photographs.
So as I continue to post etiquette articles, I hope that these photographs will be able to explain the articles more practically.

Photo Credit — Danish Royal Watchers