If you’d like to be a success in business, start working!
If you’d like to be a success as a housewife, start cooking!
If you’d like to be a social success, start smiling!
If you’d like to get married, start looking!
I am sitting down with Miss Head’s reissued manual after a long morning (it is only 8 am) of cooking breakfast, gardening, cleaning, conference calling, laundry and assorted cat wrangling. It is delightful and charming to read her advice, even though I seem to be in direct violation of the bulk of it. I am in a simple jersey dress that will take me from home, to the office, to the market, and to dinner (hopefully) without a single judgmental glance (and I haven’t stocked my handbag with gloves or pearls).
Her advice for a bygone era is captivating, often relevant, and inspiring.
I love the illustration below from page 145 – and the quote to go with it from the opposite page: “No one knows better than a studio designer how important underthings are in changing a woman’s appearance.” As a girl who likes to collect pretty “underthings,” I couldn’t agree more.
Don’t miss the “Color Aura Chart” starting on page 123 and the “Successories” from page 133.
Lipstick and perfume before breakfast? Tomorrow- just maybe.
How To Dress for Success by Edith Head with Joe Hyams – Originally published in 1967 and reissued by Abrams in 2011, including illustrations by Edith Head.
We invite you to share your tips and tricks by commenting below before Sunday, July 31, 2011. We’ll select a contributor at random to receive a copy of the book!