February 1, 2010

Style Commandments


Elsa Schiaparelly  , one of the genius in the fashion world, gave us in her 1954 autobiography "Shoking Life" the Twelve Commandments for Women:
1. Since most women do not know themselves, they should try to do so.
2. A woman who buys an expensive dress and changes it, often with disastrous result, is extravagant and foolish.
3. Most women (and men) are colour-blind. They should ask for suggestions.
4. Remember -twenty percent of women have inferiority complexes. Seventy percent have illusions.
5. Ninety percent are afraid of being conspicuous, and of what people will say. So they buy a grey suit. They should dare to be different.
6. Women should listen and ask for competent criticism and advice.
7. They should choose their clothes alone or in the company of a man.
8. They should never shop with another woman, who sometimes consciously, and often unconsciously, is apt to be jealous.
9. She should buy little and only of the best or the cheapest.
10. Never fit a dress to the body, but train the body to fit the dress.
11. A woman should buy mostly in one place where she is known and respected, and not rush around trying every new fad.
12. And she should pay her bills.

I would add 8 more to her list:

Dress your age, dress your size.
Go for sensually-sophisticated, not sexily-sleazy.
• Choose quality not quantity.
• Expensive doesn't always equals excellence. 
• Better be stylish than fashionable.
• Let your own style flow naturally not overdoing or trying hard.
• Know the best colors and shapes aesthetics  for you.
• When it's time for suggestion go to the most honest person, ask the Tim Gunn in your    life, ask your best gay friend! 

2 comments:

paco peralta said...

ahhhh...me encanta...!!!!

Un abrazo para ti Geraldine,

Paco

-h said...

I like your suggestions much better. Though she was right about paying one's bills!

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