Elegance: A Complete Guide for Every Women Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions. Geneviève Antoine Dariaux

ISBN: 9780385039109

Published: January 1st 1964

Hardcover

319 pages


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Elegance: A Complete Guide for Every Women Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions.  by  Geneviève Antoine Dariaux

Elegance: A Complete Guide for Every Women Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions. by Geneviève Antoine Dariaux
January 1st 1964 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 319 pages | ISBN: 9780385039109 | 7.66 Mb

Ill admit, I am not a candidate for elegance most days. I came across this book just as I was eyeing up my closet and realizing that I am going to have to do one hell of a clearout because it it bursting at the seams with completely interchangeable crap. Im the type who buys a serviceable work sweater from Banana Republic in three different shades, or goes to an outlet mall and picks up a black skirt if it fits.

I look fine, but thats just it -- I look FINE. Acceptable, standard, blah. And the good stuff gets mixed in with the bad stuff, and I never go to the dry cleaners often enough, and I sometimes have snowdrifts of clothing piled up in a corner. I have too much stuff, basically, and none of it is real quality or perfect for me.Hard to say why I love this book quite so much, but I do.

I loooove it. The writers tone is fabulous, a sort of kindly advisor who actually sounds like an old-fashioned shop assistant -- you know, the one who acted a bit more like a personal shopper and was a wealth of information, rather than todays salesgirls who are more like dressing-room runners.Theres an interesting split on how people interpret the advice, too.

Some people appear to read the book and hear a snotty Frenchwoman laying down the law and dismissing nonconformists as sartorial wrecks. But the the thing is, this is not a book about fashion, its a book about elegance, which is related to being fashionable but not as closely as some seem to think.

Elegance appears to have a lot more to do with manner, behaviour, classic dress, and a certain hyperfocus/care regarding how you present yourself to the world.Do I WANT to be elegant? Yes. Ive got a bit of a fixation on being graceful and classic, and have very little interest in trends, so Im already well-positioned to like the advice coming my way. So thats why its easy to skip over the 1963 bit about veils and stoles and instead focus on the advice about investment pieces, or the comments on gloves and makeup.

And honestly, just in reading the advice, I found myself nodding a lot. It makes sense. I dont often find myself looking at an article of clothing a woman wears and thinking how it makes her look elegant- the woman herself is elegant, and the clothes/makeup/jewels/accessories are all the results of behind-the-scenes stagecraft. And thats how Dariaux is instructing readers: surefire ways to increase your elegance quotient via management and coordination.

If you dont follow the rules, youre probably still perfectly acceptable, so dont worry -- but if you want to be standout, then it cant hurt to take the tips, can it?Anyhow, this might be hit-or-miss for some people, but for me it was a hit all the way. Im taking Dariauxs advice and scouring my closet straight down to the ground, and then Im going to start looking for the perfect gored tweed skirt. And maybe a pair of gloves.

And, obviously, a bright winter coat.



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