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The Vivienne Files - Page 170 of 182 - Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
This book has all kinds of interesting suggestions in it! One of the things that the authors do is to take a simple garment and suggest seven different ways to wear it. Now bear in mind, some of these are not necessarily something you or I might wear, but they are thought-provoking, and that has some value, right?
I'm going to be on vacation all next week, so you're going to get a full week of "one garment - seven ways" while I'm out of touch. Thanks, as always, for being here with me!
And if anybody can offer up better translations from the French than I have provided, please let me know; I'm always happy to learn more French. ... View the Post
I know I've said this before, but if you're committed to wearing brown as a core neutral color, make sure that you've got your shopping plan well mapped-out and in hand at all times; brown is DIFFICULT to find! Be prepared to pick up your core items at any time, because truly beautiful, good-quality brown clothing does not grow on fashion trees... ... View the Post
I'm fighting the beginnings of a cold - FOUR DAYS before leaving on vacation. (isn't that the way of it, sometimes?) But through the Lem-Sip fumes, I had one intelligent thought:
One theory about why we don't see a lot of stunning women; generally speaking, human posture is pretty poor. Having taken ballet lessons for a few decades (my parents had high hopes), I couldn't slouch if you put an 80 pound backpack on me, but that's certainly not the rule anymore. Decades ago, a young man I was dating was absolutely CONVINCED that I was a trust-fund baby, largely because of my posture. Who knew: posture makes you look wealthy?
How's your posture? ... View the Post
Even though I'm 47 days into my year-long shopping fast, I'm not unaware of stores, catalogs, and clothing websites. If anything, since I've started blogging, and looking for perfect wardrobes for you, I see even MORE clothing than I ever saw before! And while there's a fair amount of dreck being marketed to women under the guise of clothing (or shoes - what STUPID shoes there are in this world), most of what I see is beautiful. At every price point, there are stacks of lovely clothes available - far more clothing than any of us need, or should want.
So the mystery is this - WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF THIS CLOTHING? Because I do NOT see that many women who look really well-dressed. And as you can tell from the ... View the Post
Back in the dark ages of my retail career, I worked for a very lovely women's store which had an absolute LAW about how things were done: no clothing hits the floor without being steamed first. Given that the clothing was often shipped in boxes via FedEx, almost everything had at least a few major creases in it, and looked about a thousand times better after being steamed.
Fast forward to my real life, in which it seemed that we were frequently taking garments to the cleaners just because they were sort of rumpled - not necessarily because they were soiled and needed to be cleaned...
I did a bit of math (I'm a number geek; you may not have realized that), and I figured that over about 40 garments or so, we could PAY for one of ... View the Post
Paul Stuart is an ultra-beautiful menswear store with locations in New York and Chicago. Years ago, they had an advertisement in the program for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which I reproduce here in it's entirety. These people are wise:
The Elements of Style
It’s easy to say what style is not. It is not, for example, fashion. (see below) But when a friend asked us, the other day, to say what it is, the only answer we felt sure of was: our bread and butter. Perhaps because that answer was true, our inability to define the word rankled. So at last, prompted by some half-remembered sentences, we reached for our copy of The Elements of Style.
This useful little book was written by William Strunk, Jr., and ... View the Post