IT AIN'T WOT YOU WEAR
IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU WEAR IT
And if you don't believe us then we'll prove it to you! We took three basics―a cardigan dress, a pair of trousers and an after-dark dress―then made them look special by adding just the right things. Accessories may be from Cartier's or Woolworth's, either way they can look stunning ― or awful.
It's not money that matters but the knack of assessing a garment and adding the finishing touch. French girls know just how to do it (curse them!). They always have the right bag, the right shoes. Trouble is there are only a few rules to go by. Your accessories should have some relation to the main garment either in colour, tone or fabric―that's one rule―but they needn't match.
You should choose your accessories to create a mood too. In fact, looking good in clothes is not just wearing a dress but creating it. Model girls know how to do just this. Murph, our model girl, added a secret beauty spot of her own for the dandy waistcoat ― not because anyone could see it but it made her feel more Regency and dashing.
There are a few don'ts too: Don't wear so many added bits that they lose their significance―in fact don't wear many added bits, full stop. Build up a collection of scarves, gloves and jewellery. The chain stores are good hunting grounds, and keep them as immaculate and folded as your dresses. The next step is for you to try for yourself. Experiment; permutate; find the right combination and what goes with what. Like we said, it's not what you wear but the way that you wear it. Have we proved our point?