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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vintage Fashion Therapy for Bettys

A Master Primer In Shopping

My rule is to shop for a whole body shape-not just one body part.
Most fall into one of three categories:

Type A
Bodies that are shaped smaller or narrow on top than on the bottom.
You want to draw the eye upward.
No busy prints on the lower body and no jackets that cut across the widest part of the hip.
Go with Empire-cut dresses and boatneck shirts.
Try vintage clothes from the 70s (think A-line dresses and skirts)

Type B
Bodies that are the same width at the shoulders and hips with a smaller waist.
You want a style that skims your hourglass shape.
An oval necked shirt, wide legged pants, and body skimming dresses flatter this figure.
Look for styles from the 50s .

Type C
Broad shoulders with a straight waistline.
C shaped women often look best in tailored shirts with most any pant silhouette (except pleated styles-which in my opinion look terrible on most everyone).
60s era dresses flatter.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ben & Me

Going deeper. Are you ready?
Ben Franklin, in his autobiography, devises a 13 week course of self-improvement. Attorney and author Cameron Gunn decides to try this project of moral perfection. Ben's plan requires a person to focus for a week at a time, on 1 virtue, making it a habit. Is it possible? Here, I give you the 13 virtues;
"Dont eat or drink too much"
"Speak only for good purpose"
"Let all your things have their places"
"Resolve to perform what you ought"
"Waste nothing"
"Always be employed in something useful"
"Use no hurtful deceit"
"Don't do wrong by anyone"
"Avoid extremes, forebear resenting injuries"
"Keep your body home and clothes clean
"Don't be disturbed by trifles"
"Take intimacy seriously"
"Imitate Jesus and Socrates"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

American Style

Take Ivy  (the precise source for traditional American Style) which I originally thought was more urban myth due to it's scarcity, will be reprinted for the first time in 45 years with an English language text.