Happy Monday ladies. I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready to tackle the week. I’m not. I spent Saturday hosing off the patio furniture then rearranging flower pots and furniture. So Sunday was spent with a heating pad, writing this post. I always do this to myself. I overdo it because I forget I have a bad back. Oh well, there are worse things.
Here are a few things on my mind this week-
The American edition of the magazine invented a fictional character named Mrs. Exeter in 1948, to give fashion guidance and advice to women over 50. British Vogue followed up and included her in their articles. She graced their cover several times and illustrations of her were used in Vogue pattern books for years. She was a gray-haired woman of a certain age who is said to be approaching 60. She was dressed in an elegant suit, with gorgeous accessories. The epitome of grace and style. She proposed and elegant way of dressing that is earned with age.
“I don’t want to look or dress young – or old. I just want to dress well”.
“Mrs. Exeter knows what she likes – result of a thorough knowledge of herself“.
-Vogue October/November 1958 issue
Back in the 50’s women could look chic without looking like they were trying too hard. Gradually our youth-obsessed society changed how women thought about clothes and what they should and shouldn’t wear.
I am anxiously waiting for this book to arrive and have started it on my Kindle. I find books about style and age fascinating. I have lots of books that discuss fashion and age so this will be a great addition to my collection. Now I’m more anxious to get some bookshelves so I can unpack all my book boxes.
Also –Why Your Clothes Matter
Some women have their signature style nailed down. They know what they like, what they like to wear, and seldom vary it day to day. It becomes their uniform. Anna Wintour is one of those women. She’s not fond of casual and would rather be overdressed than underdressed. Me too. She favors beautiful floral dresses, heels, and is almost always seen wearing her Georgian Collet necklaces. Collette or Riviere necklaces are either paste or real crystal stones sometimes backed with foil and strung in a single circle.
Being a bit of a crow and loving all things vintage I went on a hunt for these “Anna Wintour” necklaces. Hers are reportedly in $20,000 range but the dupes range from below $50 and on up.
As a side note, Anna published a photo of herself wearing “sweatpants” to work from home and people freaked out! Hello? she’s human and also showed a picture of herself wearing a mask and no makeup. IMO, people need to lighten up.
Our weather hit swelter level last week so I was scrambling for things to keep cool. One of the comfiest things I found was my maxi skirt (unavailable). I love maxi’s because they allow the air so circulate and don’t show pasty white legs. Petite women can wear maxi skirts as successfully as tall women. They are an equal opportunity style. It was so warm, I just tied a plain white tee at my waist and tossed on my J.Crew necklace which resembles the Anna Wintour ones I’ve been admiring.
Do you wear maxi skirts to stay cool?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.