Monday, August 3, 2015

To Dress Like a Lady

Know, first, who you are;
and then adorn yourself accordingly.
Epictetus


One of the misfortunes of our culture is that for many, the beautiful distinction between the clothing characteristic of women and men has been muddied.  Sweatshirts and jeans have gained a foothold in many a female wardrobe.  Oh, how much loveliness is missing!

There remains however, a remnant who know themselves to be distinctly feminine creatures, and dress according to their unmistakable identity.  This bright circle glows with a soft, attractive charm that delights in being members of the fairer sex, and this is reflected in their choices of clothing.

A lady's clothes will not have a mannish cut (boxy or baggy) but will reflect her feminine shape. The overall effect of the cut, color, and material of a lady's clothing should be soft, shapely, and becoming, just like her personality.

Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the heart.
Coco Chanel

Principle: A lady does not dress like a man.

Art:  Jeune Fille Lisant, Alfred Stevens

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I love many of your thoughts but I would like for you to go into more detail as to what you mean by not dressing like a man. Most of my style icons, such as Lauren Bacall, Lauren Hutton, Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn tend to have a tomboyish feel to there style. Can you give examples of daily at home outfits?

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  2. Hello, Robyn. Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I can tell you right away that we share some style icons! Those you mentioned are stellar examples of the truth that women can be very feminine in pants. There is an important distinction between tomboyish and mannish -- and if you look closely at your icons you will see that each pulls off their playful, boyish style while still maintaining a soft, curvy appeal.

    Contrast Audrey Hepburn in her classic blouse, cropped trousers and ballerina flats with a woman wearing a man's straight t-shirt and basketball shorts, and you can see the difference I'm talking about. Audrey's style was feminine because the cut of her clothes complimented her feminine body shape. Feminine dress doesn't have to be frills and lace. In fact, that is not my personal style at all. But when a woman wears something that could just as well go on a man, something is missing in the feminine appeal.

    My daily at home outfits consist mainly of simple, classic dresses, and A-line skirts and tops. When I wear pants, they have a feminine shape - for example, today I am wearing Boden's bootcut jeans in indigo seen here and Talbots' wrinkle-resistant sleeveless shirt.

    I hope this helps to answer your question!

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