On Substantial Frivolilty

In On Muse-of-the-Month, On Personality, On Style on August 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

“You’re considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.”

~Sofia Coppola

As I read this quote nearly a month ago while reading the Women’s Wear Daily, I immediately thought of Meha Bhargava. This is exactly how I would sum up her style.

Parties at Meha’s home are a big part of the Bhargava lifestyle – fabulously frivolous with shoes, accessories, lunches, and more, Meha balances daily work, time with friends & family, and personal growth.

She’ll probably be like Imelda Marcos, who famously said, “I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.” Simultaneously, I know she’ll be involved in balancing major work projects and a meaningful personal life.

Substantial Frivolity

Substantial Frivolity: Meha has both

A typical weekday for her now involves: A grilling work out in the morning, 10-6 work involving client meetings, sessions with the client, and more. Her evenings are a Yoga overload, and then there’s family time followed by her personal unwinding for the night. Along with this, she manages to include time for loved ones and their special occasions/moments.

I take inspiration from Meha, in that when we went to Milan for image consulting training a few years ago, I’d get up, shower, and get ready to leave for class. Miss Bhargava would get up early, neatly make her bed, have tea, exercise while watching the news, wake me up around this time, eat breakfast, and then go to class.

In the years since, I’ve silently learned much from Meha’s consistency as well as from her substantial frivolity. It’s one of my favorite parts of her style.


  1. That’s a great quote by Sofia Coppola. Very well written post!

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