In the days of our grandmothers, there were definite guidelines about what type of dress to wear for an occasion. And if you read stories set at the turn of the century, you may run across day dresses (or even morning dresses). carriage dresses, riding dresses, dresses for receiving callers, and so on.
In our days the distinctions have been narrowed to: casual, formal, and everything goes. But the reality is not so simple. Often when one asks for the dress code, the answer is , “Oh. you know just dress casual.” Since this word is interpreted in so many ways, you may see party-goers in everything from jeans and sweatshirt to a trouser suit with a satin blouse.
CASUAL means an attire that is comfortable, not contrived, a look that does not say ‘dressed up.’ But it does not mean sloppy, nonchalant, or unattractive. You can be casual in a nice pair of pants, a silk blouse, and a leather jacket, or in a cotton dress with sandals and a straw hat.
If you tell me ‘but I want to be comfortable’ – please don’t use this as an excuse not to make an effort and look your best.
A WHITE BLOUSE – is an absolute must. It is one of the most adaptable garments you can own. It is suitable for any time of day and coordinates well with all colours and styles, and is the natural partner of suits. It will always be the answer to any emergency or unexpected invitation, and makes any woman look younger.
To avoid being without a white blouse (because it is being washed or dry cleaned), it is a good idea to have two – or more. Since you will wear this is a garment more than others, it will not be a wasteful duplication.
Sunglasses add instant sex appeal and mystery to a woman’s look by hiding her eyes – and they still fulfil their original purpose of protecting the eyes from the sun and glare.
And because sunglasses are an accessory that changes with fashion trends, you should buy a new pair each year – and making matters worth for your budget – don’t buy cheap ones. They lack refinement in styling and finish, and they don’t stand up to wear and tear. The lenses scratch easily and soon they will look like you had them for years.
Now is the time to start looking for the right pair – here are some choices!
You might say ‘but that is obvious’ – no it isn’t! I am presently associated with the Bottomless Closet, an organization that helps women to have the right image and proper clothing when they go for an interview.
While working with the women I am surprised to learn how many of them think a garment fits when it really doesn’t. Even when they can’t button a jacket – they say it fits. Don’t let that happen to you – here are a few tips how to avoid these mistakes.
1. You must be able to button a jacket – even if, as I often hear ‘I never button my jacket’ you should be able to
2. When buttoned – jackets or shirts should no GAPE – and if it doesn’t when you button it, make sure it doesn’t when you move.
3. When pants show horizontal pleats in the crotch area, it indicates that they are to snug.
4. If you have any extra weight around the middle, on the top or around the hips, a dress should be loose enough not to point them out – or it will look like this !
Looking at these pictures will convince you that there is no getting away from black andndwhite this spring. Even if you don’t wear a way out style, you can a find a way to follow this trend – and maybe just pulling out the black and white items you have in your wardrobe and putting them together will do the trick.
When it is cold and you are all bundled up with sweaters, coats, and scarves, etc., or in the summer when you feel hot and sweaty, you probably don’t feel like getting undressed to try on a new blouse – or anything else.
So you might buy it without trying it on, hoping it will fit (and suit you) or, what I have seen many women do, they try it on over what they are wearing – HELP – there is no garment – except a jacket or coat – that will look well when pulled over one you are wearing. “It will give me an idea if I like it”‘ a lady told me recently, while she was pulling one turtleneck over another – how can you like it when the shoulder seams are not in the right place and the sleeves are pulling in all directions?
If you don’t want to get undressed – don’t buy it or take the risk that you have to exchange it – but putting on a blouse over another one won’t give it a fair chance.
You probably don’t think that you are, but if you want to find out go through your closet and see how many items still have the Hang Tag and Price ticket on them.
These are items you bought on impulse or they wouldn’t have the price ticket still on, and were never worn. You must have liked them at the time – thinking they would be great to wear on a hot day, or to go out, or for the weekend – or was it maybe a SALE sign that made you buy them?
Believe me I am not making it up – I have met many women who say, “Oh, you should see how many things in my closet still have the price ticket on.” It is a pity that your budget was spent for something that you are not wearing.
So if you find out that you are an impulse buyer, think twice before you go to the cash register!
Coat hangers are a great help to keep your clothes looking good. The support of a good wooden hanger keeps the shape of a coat or jacket. Your pants keep their pleats when hanging on a man’s wooden hanger with the bottom of the pant in the clip – hanging upside down. A skirt hangs best on a hanger with clips at each end, allowing the waistband to be stretched, keeping the hemline even.
And if you have a lot of wire hangers in your closet – let me say that it is not a permanent way to hang up your clothes. The usefulness of a wire hanger expires (or should) when it comes back from the Dry Cleaners.
So if you have not been paying attention to the kind of hanger you are using, or it you have relied on wire hangers, it is time to replace them with the kind that treats your clothes with the respect they deserve.
I am sure you have heard this one before, but sometimes we forget. The rule is that if you have not worn a garment for one year, it can be for one of the following reasons:
– you don’t like it anymore
– it does not fit anymore
– it does not suit your lifestyle anymore
– it is not in fashion anymore
Only one of these reasons is enough to take it out of your wardrobe.
When it comes to evening and party dressed the rule chances to two years – because the reason you might not have worn it in the last year is that you had no occasion, so you can give it another chance.