On Elegance…

A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, pic via Madame of Elegance

A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, pic via Madame of Elegance

I recently joined the local library and found this small nondescript book written by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, A Guide to Elegance. I love it! It’s a hoot! :)

The Elegance Style Queen in my books, Audrey Hepburn

The Elegance Style Queen in my books, Audrey Hepburn

Alligator is strictly for sports or travel

“… it would be ideal to have each set of accessories in 2 different versions: one for sport and the other dressy. And in this regard, I cannot restrain myself from expressing the dismay I feel when I see a woman carry an alligator handbag with a dressy ensemble merely because she has paid an enormous sum of money for it. Alligator is strictly for sports or travel, shoes as well as bags, and this respected reptile should be permitted to retire every evening at 5 P.M.”

I dislike the white handbags that women carry as soon as sunshine comes out

“…aside from a plain or beaded white satin evening purse, I dislike the white handbags that some women cannot resist carrying as soon as there is a ray of sunshine.”

A vintage mother of pearl  and gold compact and lipstick set

A vintage mother of pearl and gold compact and lipstick set

Everything we carry must match

“And speaking of the little objects we carry in our handbags… they can be charming, even more so if they match. So decide upon a colour and a material and little by little try to acquire a complete set: wallet, change purse, comb case, key case, eyeglass case, etc. The style of your compact will depend upon the depth of your wallet…. try to have a matching lipstick case… a clean handkerchief every morning… prefer white ones, of very fine linen, embroidered with my initials.”

I have to get myself a copy.
And get matching compact set.
Pronto.

Quotes from “On Accessories”; A Guide to Elegance, by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux
20 June 2009
26 June 2009

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