Balenciaga, Sizes 10–20

This is a New York Times advert from1948, before the sizes got all screwed up by anorexics and jokesters in the fashion industry. If a woman wanted anything smaller than a size 10, she had to go to children’s shops.

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The Sun-Dress

Poppy Galore Sundress by Tommy Bahama

Just as its name indicates, the sun-dress or sundress is meant to be worn in the most casual manner, on the beach or while sunning one’s self. The sun-dress is not something that a woman ought to wear to luncheon or lunch, unless that occasion is pool-side or at a beach resort, when one may have just showered off after a swim in the sea. Sundresses do not belong at elegant luncheons or on city streets.
Elegant Dressing necessitates a knowledge of propriety in attire; there is a time and a place for everything under the sun.
©M-J de Mesterton

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Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Two times earlier this year I posted my opinion about bridal gowns or wedding dresses*. I said that women of high station wear long sleeves and high necklines. I was vindicated this morning, as the new bride of Prince William wore a very tasteful dress with traditional lace long-sleeves, high neck, full skirt and an actual waistline. I’m very pleased to see my prediction borne out in such a lovely way by an elegant, dignified bride.
The Princess’ choice of demurely pendulous earrings and no necklace was perfect.
Let us hope that women of all ages eschew the strapless, sleeveless gowns they have been sporting of late (which resemble nothing so much as swimsuits with trains), and take a cue on timeless, classic style from a Princess.
©M-J de Mesterton 
April 29th, 2011

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Above: I posted this dress pattern on March 22nd. Besides Vogue Patterns, I was first to press this dress onto the internet, and I did it more than one month before the royal wedding. ©M-J de Mesterton

Two times earlier this year I posted my opinion about bridal gowns or wedding dresses*. I said that women of high station wear long sleeves and high necklines. I was vindicated this morning, as the new bride of Prince William wore a very tasteful dress with traditional lace long-sleeves, high neck, full skirt and an actual waistline. I’m very pleased to see my prediction borne out in such a lovely way by an elegant, dignified bride. I had even posted a pattern of an almost identical dress to the one Princess Catherine wore, on March 22nd.
The Princess’ choice of demurely pendulous earrings and no necklace was perfect.
Let us hope that women of all ages eschew the strapless, sleeveless gowns they have been sporting of late (which resemble nothing so much as swimsuits with trains), and take a cue on timeless, classic style from a Princess.
©M-J de Mesterton 
April 29th, 2011

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Two times earlier this year I posted my opinion about bridal gowns or wedding dresses*. I said that women of high station wear long sleeves and high necklines. I was vindicated this morning, as the new bride of Prince William wore a very tasteful dress with traditional lace long-sleeves, high neck, full skirt and an actual waistline. I’m very pleased to see my prediction borne out in such a lovely way by an elegant, dignified bride.
The Princess’ choice of demurely pendulous earrings and no necklace was perfect.
Let us hope that women of all ages eschew the strapless, sleeveless gowns they have been sporting of late (which resemble nothing so much as swimsuits with trains), and take a cue on timeless, classic style from a Princess.
©M-J de Mesterton 
April 29th, 2011