Welcome to this month's Book Club meet-up. We are talking about A Guide to Elegance - For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions. Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, for years the directrice of the Nina Ricci salons, wrote this (now) retro style guide in 1964 and I'm extremely curious to hear what you thought of it.
I found it a very enjoyabe read and didn't mind Madame Dariaux's outspokeness and her at times cheeky tone. I do love a woman with an opinion, even if I don't share her views;-)
Even though some of the advice is now outdated, I love to read older style guides like this one, because they paint such an excellent picture of the (fashion) customs and lifestyle of a certain period.
E.g. One of the many things that stood out to me is the amount of thought that went into every single little detail of an outfit and the accessories, right down to the colour of the handkerchief.
I could keep on writing here, but over to you first. How did you like the book? How much of Madame Dariaux's advice still holds true for you today? And is striving for elegance one of your style goals, or is that not something you are interested in?
I'd also love to hear your definition of elegance. I personally find it quite hard to describe.