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By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Victor Stiebel. 1928

 

 

 

 

Readers – A great big Thank You for following along with OverDressedforLife. Wishing one and all happy and safe New Year celebrations.

Here’s to 2018 and many more stylin’ stories. 

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Christmas tree at Bullocks Wilshire in Los Angeles, c.1930s.

No one can ever have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist in giving me books.

Dumbledore from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling.

Socks? Books? Whatever is under the tree, wishing one and all a happy and healthy holiday!

 

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IMG_20171217_125115961My grandmother gave me a pearl necklace. It took her, like, 25 years to give it to me, because she gave me one pearl at a time. That was the old tradition – the way that families could afford nice things. So when I was little, every Christmas and birthday I’d get one pearl, and she’d add it to my string. When I was eight, I had eight pearls on a string. I remember being like, ‘Why another pearl every holiday?’ – an ungrateful kid, basically who never even wanted a pearl necklace. But by the time I got the complete strand and had a moment to reflect on it, I was like, Wow. It took her years to give me that gift. It was so beautiful and powerful, something that I was completely not grateful for, all those years, and then amazed by her persistence. In my twenties, my apartment on Elizabeth Street got broken into; the necklace was stolen. But I have it in my mind, in my heart, so it’s fine – I got the gift. 

Rachel Comey – American independent fashion designer.

I love this story – for the grandma’s desire that her granddaughter have something special and her patience with one pearl at a time. I understand Rachel’s youthful cluelessness but eventual understanding with maturity.  Most of all I appreciate the power of letting go, which opens up space to see the true meaning behind giving.

Let’s hope we all “get the gift” this holiday season.

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Bette-Nash4In the old days, we saw a lot of mink coats. Today, we see a lot of flip-flops.

Bette Nash, American Airlines flight attendant.

Ms. Nash, 81, just celebrated her 60th anniversary working as a flight attendant.

I chose this quote (from an article by Lori Aratani for The Washington Post) because it’s sadly funny and pretty much says it all about how far we’ve descended into sartorial sloppiness.

I know flying is hard. It’s crowded, long, and unpleasant. But what if at least some of us made the effort to look nice? Maybe not a fur coat but a blazer? A pair of slacks instead of yoga pants or jeans. Add a scarf and a cap. Perhaps our experience would be more positive and we just might inspire other travelers to up their game.

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These things you ought to bear in mind always: buy good things only and never be afraid of wearing them too often or of not ‘being in style.’ If you have good clothes, in good taste, you will always be chic and you can ignore passing fads. 

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973). Italian fashion designer.

In these modern days of throwaway fashion, this is good advice.

I used to have a problem with wearing something too often. But since I started making my own clothing as well as having them made, I want to wear my things over and over. That’s kind of the point, right? Plus this is the way to create a signature look. (I have several unique summer and winter hats that I’ve been wearing for years. Now people recognize these hats as my signature.)

The trick is to stay with simple silhouettes that never really go out of fashion – a-line skirts that hover around the knee; sheath dresses; straight-leg pants; Oxford shirts or button down blouses. A basic t-shirt is always in style (but not the ubiquitous cold shoulder). Accessories will add any needed interest.

One might ask – how about getting bored with the same old thing? Well, I don’t find that to be the case because I dress by season. Yep, even up against Climate Change and warming temps I stick with certain styles and colors for each season. After a winter of greens and browns in tweed skirts and cardigan sweaters by spring it feels fresh to revisit my violet shirtwaist dress or my cotton black and white skirt.  It’s almost like a new wardrobe only better because it’s familiar.

 

 

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