Monday, August 17, 2015

To Dress Discreetly

In style ... the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Discrete is the watchword for a lady's wardrobe.  Her clothing is remarkable for its simplicity and restraint; and she is careful that everything she wears is in keeping with refinement and tact.

The following ground rules will guide a lady to be discreet in her dress:

1.  Choose clothing with simple, classic lines.
2.  Do not wear garments displaying messages or images.
3.  Never draw attention to the posterior with flashy beadwork or ornate stitching on backside pockets.
4.  Solid colors tend to be more discreet than patterns.
5. Avoid showy ornamentation, flaunting necklines and hems, and clinging materials.
6. Select designers with hidden labels.

Discretion should never be confused with drabness ...
A discreetly dressed woman attracts a passing glance at first;
but the glance returns immediately
and notes that every detail of her ensemble
is in perfect harmony.
Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

Art:  On the Heights, Charles Courtney Curran, 1909