March 28, 2014
It’s one of those questions that confounds the observant person – there are more clothes, and often more attractive clothes, in stores than ever before, but you see fewer well-dressed or just generally attractive people about. Why are all of these appallingly bad clothing choices being made, and why (at least when I was a child) did women seem to be able to avoid making these mistakes and dress themselves flatteringly?
Linda Przybyszewski attempts to answer this question in this book – a very well-written and interesting look at the Home Economics teachers, Department of Agriculture Extension employees, and other women who used to help us choose our clothing. I realize now that if I had never taken a Home Ec. class, I would certainly lack some of the fundamental skills in assessing clothing quality that I take for granted…
There’s absolutely nothing in this book that’s specifically oriented toward helping each of us make better personal style decisions, but seeing the approaches our mothers used (or that we used, when we were younger!) is fascinating, and can only help us in our quest to balance style, economy, and public responsibility.
To my friends who’ve been worried about where I’ve been – I was in Florida for a few days of familial fun! We were woefully delayed getting home yesterday, so my schedule is officially all kerfluffulated. (ker fluff you lay ted) You may use the word freely…