Thursday, February 23, 2012

From the Style Shelf: Hot Tips by Frances Patiky Stein

Remember this?  from 1981...

Some of the advice was timeless, and some of it is quite dated, but it was a delightful blast from the past to thumb through this again...

My favorite bits from this book were always the "15 ways to wear a ______".  Below is my take on the 15 ways to wear a tee shirt.  Note that I've not bothered with the last 3 suggestions, as 2 of them were to wear a tee shirt over a swimsuit, and the last idea was to wear tee shirts for sleeping.  I think you don't need to see that one illustrated...

Tee shirt & pants – J. Crew, stud earrings –, bracelets – Dorothy Perkins, belt – Paul & Joe, sandals – Diane von Furstenberg, white tee shirt – Michael Stars, blue pants – See by Chloe, scarf – J. Crew, espadrilles – Andre Assous

Tee shirt – J. Crew, Pants – Michael Kors, earrings – Mallarino Dahlia, gold belt – B-Low, gold sandals – Emilio Pucci, silver ball earrings – Debenhams, grey tee shirt – J. Crew, silver sandals – Havianas, sarong – Monsoon

Tee shirt – J. Crew, silk sarong – Yves Saint Laurent, earrings – Mallarino Dahlia, gold belt – B-Low, gold sandals – Emilio Pucci, red bag & belt – Valentino, red pumps – L.K.Bennett, long-sleeved tee – James Perse, silk skirt – Sonia Rykiel 

Tee shirt – J. Crew, skirt – Erdem, earrings – Renee Lewis, sandals – Mystique, gold bracelets – Banana Republic, gold belt – Diane von Furstenberg, white tee shirt – Michael Stars, striped pants – The Row, gold sandals - Unisa 
Tee shirts – J. Crew, safari jacket – Dorothy Perkins, pants – Michael Kors, brown belt – Madewell,  brown sandals – Gucci, silver belt – Mango, silver sandals – Giuseppe Zanotti

Shirt – D&G, tee shirt – Michael Stars, pants – J. Crew, stud earrings –, bracelets – Dorothy Perkins, belt – Paul & Joe, sandals – Diane von Furstenberg, shirtdress – Vanessa Bruno, tee shirt – J. Crew


  1. OMG...I have that book! And I loved it way back when. Delightful.

  2. Great post! I got some great ideas. Is that Gia Carangi on the cover? She was such a unique model from that era and paved the way for the supermodels of the 80's and 90's.

  3. Good eye - that is indeed Gia - this book was really hard to get for a while, when there was a big demand for any images of her!
    big hug,

  4. Those mocs and socks on the cover! How fashion evolves.
    Thanks for the tee shirt ideas. Tees are so often pushed aside, but they are such a versatile item.

    1. Interesting how it evolves but not... minus the socks, I would wear that outfit now!

  5. You are quickly becoming a morning treat along with coffee from a favorite small independent in my office neighborhood that specializes in french press coffee (it is amazingly good)...sort of a connection there...your posts are also a bit French, smart, unique, thoughtful....opposite of over-produced over-priced low-quality high-quantity stuff that we are drowning in these days.

    Thank you for reminding me that with a bit more care and is possible to have a classic look that is ageless and modern at the same time. Your curated collections are full of invaluable tips and wisdom. Wish I could have you come spend a day or two in my closet! Thank you so much. Have a great weekend! Dorothy (and thanks for the VFiles doc too!)

  6. Thanks for reminding how versatile a t-shirt is. I often forget about adding this basic to my closet when shopping.

  7. Gret post with great ideas, I saved on my inspiration files.

  8. I only discovered your site two days ago and can't stop looking through it. It's absolutely wonderful! Is this where I request a wardrobe for a 62 year old, slim warm autumn travelling to Scandinavia, Russia and the Independent States in July and August on an organised coach tour with stopovers in Bangkok? My style words would be elegant, modest, classic and feminine.

  9. Stein got a book published showing women they could wear t-shirts with pants and skirts, or under a shirt-dress? I do not find that inspiring, but then, maybe would have flipped the pages in 1983.

    In the nearly thirty years since its publication, we have come farther, in a great part thanks to blogs like yours.

  10. This book has some great reviews on Amazon. I'd love to see it (it's only a a penny plus shipping). BUT NO ROOM FOR ANY MORE BOOKS.

  11. I so enjoyed this post and I always get a lot of inspiration from your posts. I love your collages and how conscious you are about consuming.

  12. Think I still have that book somewhere. I have to dig it out again - for fun, at least.