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Elegant Dressing for Evening

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Above: a proper evening gown, full-length and low-cut at the bodice; this dress is more appropriate for an evening with dinner and dancing than for cocktail parties. (See below.)

Below: “Your Editor”, Painter M-J de Mesterton wears a lacy, cotton-lined dress that can be worn at afternoon tea, or at cocktails/drinks parties year-round. Also, it is suitable for less formal dinners and nightclubs. Long sleeves that leave space for bracelets make this knee-length gown very elegant, and the round neckline accommodates big pearls. Amazon.com has similar dresses for as little as 39.00. Blue suede shoes with comfortable three-inch wedge-heels are by Clarks.

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>Elegant 1950s Evening Suit

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The elegant contrast to evening jackets with notched lapels: a classic shawl-collared dinner suit by Burton Black, circa 1950s, in superb condition with a 43″ chest and 31.5-inch long trousers. Here is the description of this refined evening suit by its owner, our reliable friend Peter in Herefordshire:

Superb Vintage Burton Circa 1950’s Black Single Breasted Evening / Dinner Suit. UK/US Size 40. EU Size 50
It does not have a working cuff this will make it easier to have the sleeve length adjusted, the trousers have a zip fly, button waist adjusters and braces buttons. Beautiful cloth, fabulous cut and styling. In fantastic Great condition for its age. Rare opportunity, Don’t miss it.
Condition: Excellent Overall, just some feint marks to arm hole lining, and trouser waistband and pocket bag lining. 
(T024)
GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

Jacket
Width armpit to armpit: 21.5″
Across Waist: 20″
Length from centre of collar to cuff: 35″
Length from collar seam to hem: 29.75″
Armpit to cuff: 18.5″
Shoulder seam to cuff: 25.5″
Shoulder seam to seam: 18.5″

Trousers
Twin Pleat Front, Metal Zip Fly, Braces Buttons, Button Waist Adjusters, Waistband Ticket Pocket, 1 back pocket
Waist: 32″, could be let out by 3″
Inside Leg 31.5″ ,1.5″ hem to let down,
Trouser bottom width: 8.75″

SEE THIS ELEGANT DINNER SUIT HERE

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Elegant 1950s Evening Suit

The elegant contrast to evening jackets with notched lapels: a classic shawl-collared dinner suit by Burton Black, circa 1950s, in superb condition with a 43″ chest and 31.5-inch long trousers. Here is the description of this refined evening suit by its owner, our reliable friend Peter in Herefordshire:

Superb Vintage Burton Circa 1950’s Black Single Breasted Evening / Dinner Suit. UK/US Size 40. EU Size 50
It does not have a working cuff this will make it easier to have the sleeve length adjusted, the trousers have a zip fly, button waist adjusters and braces buttons. Beautiful cloth, fabulous cut and styling. In fantastic Great condition for its age. Rare opportunity, Don’t miss it.
Condition: Excellent Overall, just some feint marks to arm hole lining, and trouser waistband and pocket bag lining. 
(T024)
GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

Jacket
Width armpit to armpit: 21.5″
Across Waist: 20″
Length from centre of collar to cuff: 35″
Length from collar seam to hem: 29.75″
Armpit to cuff: 18.5″
Shoulder seam to cuff: 25.5″
Shoulder seam to seam: 18.5″

Trousers
Twin Pleat Front, Metal Zip Fly, Braces Buttons, Button Waist Adjusters, Waistband Ticket Pocket, 1 back pocket
Waist: 32″, could be let out by 3″
Inside Leg 31.5″ ,1.5″ hem to let down,
Trouser bottom width: 8.75″

SEE THIS ELEGANT DINNER SUIT HERE

Elegant Dinner Jacket · Elegant Dressing · elegant evening dress · Evening Suit · Proper Dinner Jacket · Shawl Collar Suit · Shawl-Collar Dinner jacket · Traditional Dinner Suit

Elegant 1950s Evening Suit

The elegant contrast to evening jackets with notched lapels: a classic shawl-collared dinner suit by Burton Black, circa 1950s, in superb condition with a 43″ chest and 31.5-inch long trousers. Here is the description of this refined evening suit by its owner, our reliable friend Peter in Herefordshire:

Superb Vintage Burton Circa 1950’s Black Single Breasted Evening / Dinner Suit. UK/US Size 40. EU Size 50
It does not have a working cuff this will make it easier to have the sleeve length adjusted, the trousers have a zip fly, button waist adjusters and braces buttons. Beautiful cloth, fabulous cut and styling. In fantastic Great condition for its age. Rare opportunity, Don’t miss it.
Condition: Excellent Overall, just some feint marks to arm hole lining, and trouser waistband and pocket bag lining. 
(T024)
GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

Jacket
Width armpit to armpit: 21.5″
Across Waist: 20″
Length from centre of collar to cuff: 35″
Length from collar seam to hem: 29.75″
Armpit to cuff: 18.5″
Shoulder seam to cuff: 25.5″
Shoulder seam to seam: 18.5″

Trousers
Twin Pleat Front, Metal Zip Fly, Braces Buttons, Button Waist Adjusters, Waistband Ticket Pocket, 1 back pocket
Waist: 32″, could be let out by 3″
Inside Leg 31.5″ ,1.5″ hem to let down,
Trouser bottom width: 8.75″

SEE THIS ELEGANT DINNER SUIT HERE

Elegant Dinner Jacket · Elegant Dressing · elegant evening dress · Evening Suit · Proper Dinner Jacket · Shawl Collar Suit · Shawl-Collar Dinner jacket · Traditional Dinner Suit

Elegant 1950s Evening Suit

The elegant contrast to evening jackets with notched lapels: a classic shawl-collared dinner suit by Burton Black, circa 1950s, in superb condition with a 43″ chest and 31.5-inch long trousers. Here is the description of this refined evening suit by its owner, our reliable friend Peter in Herefordshire:

Superb Vintage Burton Circa 1950’s Black Single Breasted Evening / Dinner Suit. UK/US Size 40. EU Size 50
It does not have a working cuff this will make it easier to have the sleeve length adjusted, the trousers have a zip fly, button waist adjusters and braces buttons. Beautiful cloth, fabulous cut and styling. In fantastic Great condition for its age. Rare opportunity, Don’t miss it.
Condition: Excellent Overall, just some feint marks to arm hole lining, and trouser waistband and pocket bag lining. 
(T024)
GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

Jacket
Width armpit to armpit: 21.5″
Across Waist: 20″
Length from centre of collar to cuff: 35″
Length from collar seam to hem: 29.75″
Armpit to cuff: 18.5″
Shoulder seam to cuff: 25.5″
Shoulder seam to seam: 18.5″

Trousers
Twin Pleat Front, Metal Zip Fly, Braces Buttons, Button Waist Adjusters, Waistband Ticket Pocket, 1 back pocket
Waist: 32″, could be let out by 3″
Inside Leg 31.5″ ,1.5″ hem to let down,
Trouser bottom width: 8.75″

SEE THIS ELEGANT DINNER SUIT HERE

Elegant Dinner Jacket · Elegant Dressing · elegant evening dress · Evening Suit · Proper Dinner Jacket · Shawl Collar Suit · Shawl-Collar Dinner jacket · Traditional Dinner Suit

Elegant 1950s Evening Suit

The elegant contrast to evening jackets with notched lapels: a classic shawl-collared dinner suit by Burton Black, circa 1950s, in superb condition with a 43″ chest and 31.5-inch long trousers. Here is the description of this refined evening suit by its owner, our reliable friend Peter in Herefordshire:

Superb Vintage Burton Circa 1950’s Black Single Breasted Evening / Dinner Suit. UK/US Size 40. EU Size 50
It does not have a working cuff this will make it easier to have the sleeve length adjusted, the trousers have a zip fly, button waist adjusters and braces buttons. Beautiful cloth, fabulous cut and styling. In fantastic Great condition for its age. Rare opportunity, Don’t miss it.
Condition: Excellent Overall, just some feint marks to arm hole lining, and trouser waistband and pocket bag lining. 
(T024)
GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

Jacket
Width armpit to armpit: 21.5″
Across Waist: 20″
Length from centre of collar to cuff: 35″
Length from collar seam to hem: 29.75″
Armpit to cuff: 18.5″
Shoulder seam to cuff: 25.5″
Shoulder seam to seam: 18.5″

Trousers
Twin Pleat Front, Metal Zip Fly, Braces Buttons, Button Waist Adjusters, Waistband Ticket Pocket, 1 back pocket
Waist: 32″, could be let out by 3″
Inside Leg 31.5″ ,1.5″ hem to let down,
Trouser bottom width: 8.75″

SEE THIS ELEGANT DINNER SUIT HERE

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The Elegant Survival Source for Gloves

Ladies' Lambskin Gloves
Ladies’ Lambskin Gloves: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Flu, Colds, Staphylococcus Aureus, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a Deadly Skin Disease) For comfortable year-round wear, silk-lined and unlined leather gloves are ideal. 

I’ve advocated the wearing of gloves on Elegant Survival since its beginning in 2006 (see “The Merits of Wearing Gloves”, my old article). My husband and I have worn gloves for decades, whether or not they were in fashion. Now, there are even more reasons to wear them, with the proliferation of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and H1N1 viruses, both of which may cause death, and are transmitted by surface-contact. Traditionally, it did not have to be cold outside, as it was on Inauguration Day outdoors in Washington, D.C.,  for ladies to wear gloves. Gloves will protect your hands from deadly germs and viruses, protect your jewelry from unwanted attention in-transit, and cushion your hands should you trip and fall on the pavement. For reasonable prices and a very extensive selection of glove styles, try

Inexpensive, Tough, Useful Leather Gloves: Just One of Many Styles at www.gloves-online.com

~~M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2009

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Classic Pumps by Robert Clergerie, at Christabelle’s Closet

Update, April 8th: these beautifully crafted, classic French shoes have been reduced to the price of 50 USD.

The Most Elegant Pumps, by Robert Clergerie Size 7.5 US
Elegant Pumps, by Robert Clergerie; Size 7.5 US

Robert Clergerie Patent Leather Pumps, Made in France:  Simple, Elegant  Shoes for Evening, Cocktails or Teatime

It’s difficult to find classic, real shoes these days. When I speak of elegant dressing, I often mention closed-toe shoes, which used to be the norm. Sure, peep-toes and strappy high-heeled sandals are all the rage, but I don’t write about trends, except to disparage them and their lack of longevity. Exposing one’s toes and tottering about on stilts are never elegant. This pair of shoes almost represents my ideal for evening. Alas, they are a half-size too small for me. Advice to people approaching middle-age: buy your shoes a half-size larger than necessary, because your feet are about to grow a half-inch (once upon a time, these shoes would have fit me).

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009

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Alan Flusser Double-Breasted Suit

Superb example of formal/professional suit by America’s top tailor is offered in brief auction for a song. This is the height of elegant dressing, in size 42 regular. If the auction is over, you can click on a link on the right side of the page to see the seller’s current offerings.

“Of all suits, the double-breasted is the most elegant,” says designer Alan Flusser, who chuckles at the “fashion” for DB. For well-dressed men, says Flusser, the suit’s ability to confer strength, stature and the suggestion of good breeding has made it a classic for 100 years…”~~Forbes Magazine September 2008

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Elegant Survival and Le Boulevardier Led the Way

Le Boulevardier
Le Boulevardier, Copyright M-J

Le Boulevardier sent this link to me: a Forbes article about what men will be wearing, with his comment that we at Elegant Survival have been lightyears ahead of fashion trends. We don’t advocate the style of a certain era, like some sites do, coming off like campy costumers. Our style has remained constant throughout the decades. We have written about the figure-and-image-enhancing qualities of classic cuts and fabrics, for both men and women. And let’s hope that the days of low-rise pants and ugly stubble are gone off the style radar, and relegated to the slums or prisons where they started. We are  sick and tired of seeing men and women dressing and walking like slobs. Let the depression bring on some real dignity in human appearances. I’ve seen dogs that look better than the Hollywood crowd lately (maybe that’s why the brooch-pooch is so popular among them). Putting a movie star  with a three-day growth on the cover of a style magazine is inexcusable.  Beware of Splay-Foot, Shorty-Pants and Stubble-Face. They have made a mockery of the human race!

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Elegant Survival Recommends Berkeley Hat Company

Berkeley Hat Company,

the largest hat store in California, has traditional hats for men and women, novelty hats, and Tilley Endurables for traveling. Their on-line shop accepts PayPal and credit cards. Prices are reasonable.   It’s smart, in more ways than one, to cover your head during all seasons of the year. At Berkeley Hat Company, you can acquire a hat wardrobe for a song. Even if you aren’t looking for a topper, you’ll enjoy looking at the selection of hats at Berkeley Hat Company.

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