|Copyright 1956 by Wilfred Funk, Inc.|
And now, I share this wisdom with all of you.
Today's lesson: The essence of chic is good grooming
"If you spend $300 on your outfit and then team it with frowsy hair, [I assume "frowsy" means "greasy"] sloppy figure, and a slouch, will you look better than a well-groomed model in a $30 dress? One glance is enough to reveal the answer."
[Bea speaks truth. Also, somehow these 1956 prices still make sense. I could get a $30 dress on sale somewhere, surely. And a $300 outfit would still look pretty great in 2011.]
Stop slouching, Bea Danville is going to get mad!
"You must be well-groomed if you are to carry your clothes with an air of chic. Good grooming is a way of thinking. That costs you nothing in cash beyond a few pennies a week for the wherewithals [wherewithals!] of beauty, such as shampoo, make-up and so on. Good posture requires nothing but effort."
"You must do something for the clothes you wear. So I am going to suggest, before you read any further, that you put this book [blog] down and go over this very minute to a long mirror and check yourself over from top to toe.
As you look at yourself in the mirror, go over the following points:
Your Hands and Nails.
Your Figure and Waistline.
And last and certainly not least: What do you add up to?
This girl adds up to: Gymnast-Hair-Bow-Nice-Hair-Girl with cactus plant and cute dresser.
[I like the idea that it's not about spending money or buying stuff, but rather how you carry yourself, that is the essence of style. Maybe I don't have money to spend on a new dress right now, but I do have the time to paint my nails, or practice my posture.]
Is the general impression you are making fresh, chic, pretty and a pleasure to look at? Do you really look as good as you'd like to? Probably, if you are like most of us, there's room for improvement."
Next time... we'll go over each of these points one by one.