Back in the summer, I mentioned a book that I was reading called Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman. (You can read my review HERE.) I recently came across the notebook in which I made notes from the book. There was a veritable treasure of inspiration and information in the book, which is a collection of articles from the 1920s. I decided that writing down those things that impacted me would help me remember them.
This week I decided to go through ALL of my clothes with a critical eye and pull together a real wardrobe for myself. All the ill-fitting, faded, stained, and never worn items are going out, I say! I'm a little fearful that there will be nothings left, but I will cross that bridge when I get there.
On page 18 of Vintage Notions, the author of the original 1920 article gave some guidelines regarding clothing choices. I summarized them in bullet fashion in my notebook and thought someone else might find them useful. As I said in my review, this book definitely earned its way into my permanent collection. I recommend it highly for those who enjoy the wisdom and the nostalgia of vintage times.
- Buy wisely, and unless you have a definite use for an article, do not buy it.
- Be slim by being trim.
- Be attractive by being immaculate.
- One of the greatest virtues of the right clothes, rightly worn, is that they enable us to forget them and ourselves.
- When they are right enough for us to do this, we become our most likable and natural selves and, even if your features are not perfect nor perfectly assembled...[one day someone may whisper], "What a charming woman!"
I will try my best to make sure that the clothes I keep are not only "immaculate," but also fit well enough that I really don't have to fidget with them. I HATE that.
Finally, I desire to go for the level of "charming" mentioned in the article. I even looked it up to make sure I knew exactly what I was working toward:
- Extremely pleasing or delightful. Merriam-Webster