Sunday, January 30, 2011

"The Ten Commandments of Dress and Grooming for Smart Women" (1925)

This is an article from a 1925 issue of Photoplay magazine on how "to" dress and how "not to" dress. It is hysterical!

The writer, Grace Corson, really rips into the poorly dressed specimen in the bottom half and I get a giggle each time I read it. She really hates those shoes saying, "And shoes - if such hideous affairs as these she wears can be called shoes..." and I also love the "vulgar jewelry" and "gaudy handbag"! LOL!

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I dunno. The lady in the bottom photo looks like she could be from the 1980s and her shoes could be worn today without an eyelash batted.

But lets talk about those "Ten Commandments" shall we? How many do I break? Well, the first one cracks me up in that it mentions "good breeding." *snicker* I'm glad we working-class poor folk don't have to live up to a "good breeding" standard today. That phrase makes me think of humourless snobs who think having fun is shocking and beneath them! "Good Breeding" also makes me think of horses.

I can get with numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5. Totally.

Number 6 I break terribly. I wear bright red eyeshadow with cat's eye eyeliner and painted-on thin eyebrows. Or bright purple eyeshadow, or yellow, blue, etc. Any fun colour. But since it's 2011, I haver NEVER EVER received an "unfavorable comment." Hehe.

Number 7 I break like there is no tomorrow!! But I don't purposely seek it out -- I just PREFER loud and extravagant clothing. Even if made in all solid black material, a dress from a 1930s pattern is going to be "loud and extravagant" and will attract attention!

I'm just beginning to adhere to 8. I don't wear foundation garments, but I'm realizing what a properly-sized bra can do.

Number 9, eh. Not really into fads and novelties.

Number 10 -- I could care less what my "type and colour" is! I'll wear what I like and what makes me feel comfortable!

So, which Commandments do you break?


  1. 7 and 10... I wear the colours I like,some one once told me I shouldn't wear red lipstick with ginger hair! Redder the better I say! As for the bold we're going to stand out what ever we do...Have a good week.

  2. None! Oh, dear, I'm such a goodie-goodie...
    O yes; I sometimes wear slouchy hose and I hate ironing. So I avoid clothes that need much ironing ;) But overall I'm quite decent and way to matchy-matchy.


Dress #8 -- Simplicity 7382 (1976)