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A Guide to Elegance: A Complete Guide for the Woman Who Wants to be Well and Properly Dressed for Every Occasion Hardcover – November 17, 2003
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`Reprinted with an ironic twinkle.' Observer`Charming and entertaining...The perfect gift for anyone who fancies themselves a cut above Trinny and Susannah's sartorial sniping.' ExpressFeatured as one of the `Books of 2003' in the Daily Mail, The Times and the Independent.
About the Author
Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux has spent most of her life in Paris, but now lives in the South of France. Even as a child she preferred to accompany her mother to the dressmaker's rather than go to the movies. Her talent for design and making costume jewellery led her to open her own fashion house, and her success led eventually to Nina Ricci, where she was the directrice for many years.
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*The author writes about dressing for one's body type, silhouettes that may work for women of different shapes and sizes as well as items that may be difficult for some women to pull off.
*She talks about fabrics and materials for dresses, suits, and shoes- such as alligator or suede for items worn during the daytime, and patent leather working for round-the-clock dressy wear, or different fabrics to look for even though they may be more expensive, because they wear well.
*She advises picking a winter coat in a bright color that flatters your skin coloring and coordinates with your other clothes, because in the gloomy winter, a bright coat creates a cheery and charming impression.
*She discusses jewelry, and what kind of jewelry works best with clothing for daytime activities versus how to accessorize an outfit for going out to dinner, a cocktail dress, or an evening gown.
Reading through the other reviews, some critics have described the book as stuffy, rigid, and out of date. While there are some sections, such as the ones about hats, veils, or gloves, no longer apply to most women today, much of the information presented IS still applicable to women who want to look elegant and put together for all the occasions of life, yet remain unsure of how to pull together the look they are trying to achieve. Furthermore, in many of the sections, it is clear that the author is writing about what she thinks works well together versus what may not look as sharp, rather than presenting some unbreakable rule that she believes will apply to every person, everywhere, in every situation until the end of time. In many of the sections she talks about clothing for the morning, afternoon, dinnertime, and evening. Once again, I do not think she is saying you can't wear certain clothes at certain times of the day, or that you should change clothes every three hours. Rather, the information is presented this way to help people who are trying to dress for a morning wedding, or lunch with friends, or a dinner date, or a cocktail party-- not the average woman going grocery shopping or working through the morning, afternoon, and part of the evening. The information can also be applied to those who are going to work and then an event right after--what accessories/shoes/jewelry can you change to take the same dress or suit from a work-appropriate outfit to an ensemble to wear out for drinks with your friends? Rather than being stuffy or out of date, many of her tips and ideas remain applicable to women today.
For me, this book was a very useful tool in thinking about new ways to pair the clothes and accessories I already have, and prioritizing what clothing, jewelry, and accessories I still want to purchase. This book would be a great gift for a recent college grad trying to decide what kind of suit, shoes, or bag would be the best investment for the money, or a great asset to any woman who wants to streamline and refine the items in her closet and on her shopping list.
I would like to see the author create a book for dressing by occasion. Example: 3 pm wedding vs 6 pm and varying level of formality by venue.
Some of her advise is a bit outdated, but the general concepts certainly apply today. For instance, though I don't think it's appropriate for slightly plump women to *only* wear fabric that drapes away from from the body in triangle styles, I do think she's right that truly elegant women do not wear black in the morning. (After all, who wants to see heavy darkness at the start of a new day?)
Additionally, I think she's dead-on about accessories. Crocodile accessories are only chic on luggage and day-time items. And, older women and multiple strands of pearls do seem to complement one another.
Since I live in Florida, I notice that some women wear dark, heavy leather handbags even when the humid weather makes them seem drab and misplaced. Fortunately, she offers some chic advice on this as well.
"For the summer, a beige straw handbag, which can be of a rather coarse weave if you spend your summers in the country, or of a finer texture, such as Panama, if you stay in town. In any case, a straw handbag is an indispensable accessory to summery cotton and linen dresses."
Yes - this book was written during a different time of fashion and when women held a different place in the world, yet the overall concepts are still true. If you get hung up on the references to the 60's then this won't work for you, but if you can look past that, you'll see that it still applies today. I recommend it to anyone interested in fashion and elegance.
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