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M-J in Fair Isle Waistcoat by Wendy Keith

painter_m-j_de_mesterton_2017_fair_isle_vest_loden_skirt-2M-J’s elegant winter ensemble for daytime includes a hand-knitted waistcoat by Wendy Keith and a classic Austrian Loden skirt. Sensible, versatile shoes are by Clarks, collection 2013. Stockings by National. Oil paintings are by M-J de Mesterton, 1974-2014.

 

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Elegant Woman or Christmas Tree?

I tend to bite my tongue in order to not offend people. However, I feel it is relevant and helpful to broach the topic of jewelry (spelled “jewellery” in Britain). I only wear earrings and a necklace together on rare occasions–like when Hell freezes over!

It was Coco Chanel who advised women to assess their ensembles before going out, and to then arbitrarily remove one piece of jewelry. These days, one sees otherwise presentable women wearing long, dangling earrings and several necklaces at once, perhaps a broach on the hat or coat, and then enough bracelets to open a booth in a souk.  (These baubles may have sentimental value for the wearer, but to the discriminating eye, they just scream, “too many nuts and cherries on the sundae!”) Would you  rather look like an elegant lady, or be festooned like a Christmas tree?

A strand of pearls or other tasteful  necklace, such as one which features a simple jewel, OR a pair of elegant, non-pendulous earrings that separate you from the primitives, together with a watch, is a safe daytime jewelry scheme.  A well-dressed lady may exercise a bit more flair in the evening. Beware, though, of appearing overly decorated–a person’s sterling qualities can easily be overlooked by the distraction that too much jewelry creates.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009