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The Vivienne Files - Page 191 of 202 - Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
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
The ever brilliant Juhli asked what would happen if someone with a good base wardrobe (like the sunset and sky wardrobe from here) wanted to expand their wardrobe. She pondered the wisdom of using one of the "eights" like the one in blue that I did here as a basis for acquisitions.
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If you're only every going to read/own one book to help you define your personal style, this is the one. This isn't just personal style as in "I wear black rather than brown" or "I prefer silk to cotton", although those kinds of considerations are addressed. This is personal style writ large - the kind of basis for personal expression that can affect and influence every aspect of your life. Seriously! And it's a book well worth revisiting at any point in time when difficult decisions are to be made; it serves to remind you of what really matters to you (or at least what you THOUGHT mattered at the time you originally read the book).
I have never been one of those people who really liked books that had lots of "self-help" ... View the Post
If you work with men...
And you EVER have occasion to walk ANYWHERE with them, be it to a client meeting, or to lunch, or at a conference...
Please, wear shoes which enable you to walk as far, and at the same pace, as they walk.
Every day, I see groups of business people in which the men are striding ahead, conversing and laughing, while the women are mincing along in the rear on their high heels. They're left out of the conversation. They're left out of the main part of the group. THEY AREN"T KEEPING UP.
If you dress in a way that limits your mobility, you cannot expect to be considered an equal to a person who dresses for a combination of business appropriateness and comfort. No matter what any magazine tells ... View the Post
October 5, 2011
Please note that the scarf photograph was provided by ebay seller The Snob (and she's anything BUT a snob!). Thanks again, Snob!
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Above illustrates EVERYTHING I wore in the month of September 2011. A pretty modest assortment, but I have a few extenuating circumstances which kept this a pretty small collection.
Foremost, I don't have a job, so I'm not getting up every morning putting on "grown-up" clothes to go out and play with the adults of the world.
I spent a great deal of time wearing gym clothes; if I knew that I wasn't going out, and that I absolutely HAD to go to the gym (uh, that's every day!), I would put on my workout clothes immediately after my shower in the morning. The other people in my (very large) building are accustomed to seeing me in these clothes.
Having stacks of sweaty gym clothes around the house every day meant ... View the Post
My new mantra for my personal image. Feel free to join me! (copy and paste to your heart's content) and have a great weekend. much love to you all, Vivienne
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