Treatise on Elegant Living | Honore de Balzac, 1830

Men’s wear (1830-1848), Paris                                                                        Honore de Balzac, 1799 - 1850                                     



"Elegant living is, in the broad acceptance of the term, the art of animating repose"

"One must have studied at least as far as rhetoric to lead an elegant life"

"It is dangerous to stammer in the elegant world."

"The ideas of the shaven man are not those of the bearded."

"Negligence of clothing is moral suicide"

''Though elegance is less an art than a feeling, it is also the result of instinct and habit.''

''Elegance is not about clothes, but about the way you wear them. ''

''Clothes are the expression of society.''

"A man becomes rich, but was born elegant."  


Honore de Balzac, Traité de la vie élégante, 1830

first published in a Fashion magazine


Fashion dictate, c 1830

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