The woman who is chic is always a little different.
Not different in being behind fashion, but always slightly apart from it.
“Chic” is a borrowed adjective, but there is no English word to take the place of “elegant” which was destroyed utterly by the reporter or practical joker who said “elegant dresses,” and yet there is no synonym that will express the individuality of beautiful taste combined with personal dignity and grace which gives to a perfect costume an inimitable air of distinction.
She follows fashion merely so far as is absolutely necessary.
She gets the latest model perhaps, but has it adapted to her own type.
Une dame élégante is all of that!