“American women have forgotten how to dress”. This reminds me of a statement I read at a blog where the blogger drove home the point by posting a photograph of a scene in Russia. On the left were Russian women dressed to the nines walking down the street and on the right were women from America looking like casual ragamuffins. Okay, perhaps they did not look that bad but you get the point. They were casually dressed in typical American fare; i.e., jeans with sweaters tied around their waists. In reading the editorial about this book I am excited about what it has to say and plan in purchasing my own copy. “Timeless rules of fashion and beauty”; certainly something I can use.
“The renowned hollywood costume designer, Edith Head, once said, “a woman’s clothes should be tight enough to tell you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.” I am so glad I stumbled upon that quote from The Psychology of Style’s blog. Along those lines a sewist cyber buddy, Miss Susie Marie I believe, recommended this book.
Home Living blog states, “One thing that made ladies clothing so different and interesting is that it was not the same as men’s wear. Today, much of the manufactured women’s clothing is a female imitation of men’s clothing; a slightly altered version of jeans and shirts. There were colors and prints and textures exclusive to ladies clothing that made them feel ladylike.
There seemed to be an awareness among ladies that they represented their families by the way they dressed, and they did not want to dress in a careless way and reflect poorly on their kin. This seems to be a lost value today. It might take a long conversation to explain it to someone in this culture of T-shirt dressing.” She goes on to state it is not necessary to “sacrifice beauty, femininity and lady-likeness by using dull fabrics and “dumpy” matronly styles that make them appear ungainly, overweight, unfeminine and unladylike.When women teach about modesty they need to show how modesty should be elegant and pretty, too, in a sense, elevating the mind.
It takes a trained eye to determine what is appropriate, because not all clothes are right for you just because they are modest. There are other things to consider, such as the color and print and the design.
The best thing to do is to like and admire things that are beautiful and refined, and be able to identify things that do not look good on you. You can get a very inexpensive full-length mirror for your room, and stand before it analyzing your appearance each day.”
Elegant Woman, personal insight of the art of womanly refinement and living graciously.