words to live by

Everything in your closet, or dresser, should be ready to wear.
a source that I can’t now recall

While turning and pairing clean socks, I remembered reading this as a teen, in one of the several books I studied on fashion and style. Yes, I taught myself nearly everything from the printed word, though in hindsight there was more than a little family priming.

I thought I saw the advice in my most formative volume, The Seventeen Book of Fashion and Beauty (1967), available from my neighborhood library and already extremely dated when I studied it in the early 80s. But I looked in the copy I recently bought myself, and it’s not there.

Instead, I offer you this:

pages 230-1, titled “4 ways to wear a camel corduroy pantsuit”... which zero chic people wore in 1982

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