Friday, August 28, 2009

Fashion on Fridays


from my writing desk
in the living room,

where Matthew Henry's Commentaries

grace the desktop;

and a pencil drawing after Harnett

makes me ponder
what I'd choose for a still-life


It's that time of year again.

What?, you say, what time of year?

Time to compose, I say.

Perhaps you think I'm referring to the *back-to-school* season. And I am, but not in the sense of curriculum choices.

Nope, today's essay topic is what-not-to-wear.

Hopefully, I can inspire you to take a second look at your wardrobe. Whether you stay at home all day or leave the house early for a day of errands, I'm challenging you to pay attention to what you wear - from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.

So, skipping over all the details and rationale for wardrobe composition (see Chpt 12 of Edith Schaeffer's Hidden Art of Homemaking), I'm posting a list of items to identify in your closet. No shopping necessary, just look to see what's there.

Then, make a plan.

Top Ten Clothing Items:

1) Feminine Blouse
2) Boho Skirt
3) Jean Vest
4) Chunky Sweater
5) Novelty Jacket
6) Fashionable Dress
7) Sweater Set
8) Anything with Ruffles
9) Something Glittery or Shiney
10)Pantone Color Palette

So, you've read this far and dont feel inspired?

Okay, here's the best fashion advice I've ever received. It was from the owner of an upscale accessory shop.

If you cant do anything else, Dana, pay attention to your lips and your ears.

Top Five Accessories

1) Lipstick
2) Earrings
3) Watch
4) Pocketbook
5) Sunglasses

So, after making sure that my hair is clean and coiffed and ignoring that I'm wearing an *old* skirt,

I color my lips and clip on my ears, thereby framing my countenance.

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments,
I Timothy 2:9


  1. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  2. For some reason you look like a First Lady to me in that photo. So dignified! I remember thinking that Southern women seemed so much more dignified than Californian women when I visited Georgia at the age of 13. Looks like it's still true. ;)

    This post came at just the right time and I realized I really need to organize my wardrobe for travel purposes...I have been doing "post-baby survival" in regard to clothes for far too long!

  3. Thanks, Brandy!

    This post like much of my blogging is public nagging.... I'm trying to motivate myself to organize my closet for Fall/Winter.

    AND send some stuff to Goodwill :)

  4. You look very nice in your suit, Dana. I regret that I no longer have much of that sort of nice casual wear. It would actually look somewhat out of place in my neighborhood. (Or maybe I've simply become a lazy shopper.) But it's really one of the best-dressed looks.