Wednesday, 29 June 2016

30 chic days: day 18: is vintage chic relevant to today?

Since starting to record Look Like A Million by Leslie Field, circa 1978, I have been on the look-out to see if the clothes advice applies to today. I left out things like stockings, chanel bags, gucci belt buckles & boots, because the market for these, doesn't apply to Ms Everywoman, today. Leslie was focused on showing every woman how to look & feel great, & also, for those who could afford it, how to look ...expensive, by using a few well-chosen investment pieces, along with cheaper items. Not everyone wants to look expensive, but most of us do want to look our best.

But I did feel that her advice was still good, for wardrobe building, whether you were a business person, or a woman who worked part-time, a new mum, an older lady. Yes, from what I have been seeing, it still all applies. Yesterday, I saw a friend dressed most originally, from an op shop...but she looked great in her jeans, patterned blouse (shirt!), scarf & jacket, each of which picked up one of the colours of her shirt.  I see women all the time, dressed in jeans with a tee, maybe a long sleeved one, ballerinas, long cardi. Today in the Inner City I saw a woman wearing black boots with black jeans tucked into them, a clear red 3/4 coat, a red & navy bright scarf tied most artfully, & a whitish, plain, tucked in, jumper. And a large plain leather hold all bag. She looked amazing. Casual, elegant, chic.

Leslie gave advice for those who had money, & for those who didn't. When I re read the suggestions, I could see that one could go to an op shop, el cheapo shop like KMart, markets, or a low cost import clothes shop, & get the basics. A pair or 2 of jeans last through the whole year. Black tights (3/4 & long), tees & tank tees, a skirt, a wee light weight summer cardi or a plain cotton shirt to wear as an extra layer, swimsuit or bikini, lavalava, jandals, an unusual cheap dress, long or short, these can see us right through summer. Even just a lavalava & a tank tee look great for casual times in the hot weather. If we had 1 nice plain pair of heels & 1 bag, this would do us most of the year. And in winter we could wear tights under our skirt, tees under wee jumpers. We could add a warm solid cardi like a cable knit, & also have a sloppy cardi. We could add knitted scarves with our jeans & layered tops. Then we add our own pizazz, the little extras that are just us. So yes, I do feel that it's still a great framework.

The thing is about's not just our clothes that matter. Other things are important too. About which Leslie had some great, still relevant, tips.

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