Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Spectre of Bad Tailoring: Clothes Unmade the Man

Insanely Tight Suit Worn by Daniel Craig as "James Bond"
The Spectre of Bad Tailoring Haunts “James Bond”

Wrinkled and Puny on All Aspects, This Isn’t Your Father’s Bad Jacket–It’s Your Little Brother’s.James_Bond_in_Terrible_Jacket_Spectre

M-J's Elegant Dressing Collage

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dressing in "Black Tie"

Black Tie Dressing Guide
How to Wear Black Tie,
by Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Keep It Simple

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One of Many Misshapen Muffin-Topped Maidens

The danger of wearing trousers that do not come up to the waist: pants falling down, short-looking legs, and the inevitable Muffin-Top, no matter how much you weigh. Oh, and then there is the always-risible Plumber's Crack.
~~©M-J de M., Elegant Dressing 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Marc Guyot, Paris

Bulge-Enhancing Clothes

Fashion Victimhood

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Since 2006, I have been writing about the sort of misguided clothing-choice pictured in this photograph. Garments that only rise to that area just above the groin cause both the grotesque "Muffin-Top" and the risible anomaly known as "Plumber's Crack", yet every year, THEY'RE BA-ACK! Resist falling into fashion-victimhood, and stop risking your pants falling down. Wear your pants, trousers and skirts up at the waist,
and you will not look this idiotic. SIMPLE, isn't it?
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Folly of Following Fashion

These are "not your father's jackets"--NO, they're your LITTLE BROTHER'S hand-me-ups that, of course, don't remotely fit!
Ralph Lauren used to be a leader, now he is pathetically following the worst trends in fashion history.
©M-J de Mesterton
Elegant Dressing

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 3rd is Tweed Day



Our friend Steve Worthington, eminent storyboard artist and sculptor, has written and illustrated a tale for Tweed Day, which is tomorrow, the Third of April, 2013.
Click upon the miniature picture to see the scintillating Tweed Day tale, an action-story that highlights the desirability of tweed....


Posted at Elegant Survival on April 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Monday, March 18, 2013

Davies of Savile Row

With music by Sir Edward Elgar, "Pomp and Circumstance", this is a very elegant portrayal of the tailor Davies of Savile Row, outfitter to the Royal British Court:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inappropriate Dressing for Winter

In a  Frigid New York Winter, These Women Show that They Benefit from More Luxury than the Rest of Us!
Door-to-Door Limousine Service and a Constant Ambient Temperature of 80 Degrees Fahrenheit Allows Them to Go Sleeveless and Not Wear Hosiery

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Montage of Misshapen Muffin-Topped Maidens

Why go around short-legged, double-gutted, and half-assed when you could simply wear your jeans at the waist, solving  all three self-imposed problems at once?


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How to Be the Best-Dressed Woman Anywhere

How to Be the Best-Dressed Woman Anywhere was a Pamphlet Offered by the News, Now Known as the New York Daily News, and Its Clothing-Advice Would Be Welcomed by Some of Today's Elegantly- Dressed Ladies

The emphasis is on simplicity and modesty of dress with an eye to packing lightly, as well as on respecting  local traditions in foreign countries. Bare arms, shorts and short skirts are not welcome in primarily Muslim locations; shoes must not be worn in mosques; large silk scarves can enhance a plain and versatile frock, while allowing one to cover her head in a church or other religious environment. In this pamphlet, there is advice on what to pack that is still timely; wearing gloves and hats is not outdated by rather extremely practical and healthy while on a trip or going out in one's hometown. Click on my images to attain maximum size for ease of reading these fine old pages.~~M-J

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Elegant Ladies' Hats

 The Duchess of Cornwall Wearing a Cream-Coloured Hat, Reminiscent of the Hats Favoured by the Queen Mother, Shown Below

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

When Musicians Dressed Swell

Pictured: the Floyd Standifer (on trumpet) band of Seattle, circa 1960.

You don't see any Plumber's Crack, skinny, shorty-legs pants  or tee-shirts here. These professional musicians are dressed with self-respect, and are plenty comfortable with their short-sleeved white shirts and belts to hold up their trousers at the Actual Waist, which keeps them looking tall and well-proportioned.

The Beatles, Consistently Well-Dressed Musicians, circa 1965

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Elegant Dressing for Fall and Winter

M-J de Mesterton in Aquascutum Tweed Suit, Her Perennial Favourite

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Bad Style Mysteriously Endures–Quod Erat Demonstrandum

A Bad Style Mysteriously Endures–Quod Erat Demonstrandum

In Abominably-DressedBad Dressersbad dressingBad Pants on 14/11/2012 at 10:04 am
Since 2006, I have been writing about the sort of misguided clothing-choice pictured in this photograph. Garments that only rise to that area just above the groin cause both the grotesque “Muffin-Top” and the risible anomaly known as “Plumber’s Crack”, yet every year, THEY’RE BA-ACK!  Resist falling into fashion-victimhood, and stop risking your pants falling down. Wear your pants, trousers and skirts up at the waist,
and you will not look this idiotic. SIMPLE, isn’t  it?
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Superb Edward Green Cadogan Brogues

Ball Gown Exhibition at V and A

Promotional image for Ballgowns: 
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Fashion, Room 40
EXHIBITION: This spring the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.
Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will present more than sixty designs, including eveningwear by Norman Hartnell, Victor Stiebel and Zandra Rhodes alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon,
Erdem and Jenny Packham.
The exhibition will feature a selection of royal ballgowns, including Princess Diana's 'Elvis Dress' designed by Catherine Walker, dresses as worn by actresses and celebrities including Beyoncé, Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Hurley, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.
Sponsored by Coutts
Part of British Design Season at the V&A

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Merits of Wearing Gloves

The Merits of Wearing Gloves, and the Scourge of Staphylococcus Aureus

Staphylia Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2006

I first posted this little piece about wearing gloves in December, 2006:
 I had worn long kid gloves to an evening holiday party, and my husband wore elegant gloves as well. A young lady commented favourably on our style. I spoke briefly about the merits of wearing gloves, expressing the hope that it would again become routine. I mentioned the scourge of staphylococcus aureus, whereupon she held up her hand with its missing finger--lost to the superbug!
For years, I was regarded as an oddball simply for wearing driving gloves. I also wore gloves at the supermarket to ward-off transference of germs on carts, et cetera*. I've read somewhere recently that glove-wearing is back in style. I hope that's true.

*I also wash every grocery item which enters our house.

I have been writing about this for six years, and no doubt some people have scoffed. Eyes glaze over when this subject is mentioned, and the speaker is written-off as a germophobe.
That attitude seems to have changed overnight. MRSA, or antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus isn't just a hospital-acquired disease anymore. Elegant Survival's Face and Figure page alludes to the intrinsic unhealthiness of health-clubs and public gyms. The noise level of the "music" played can deafen you, and the transmission of germs and viruses on the surfaces there may sicken. However, I wanted to be a bit delicate and not graphic, so I determined to return to the topic with a well-crafted, diplomatic way of saying, "If you value your health, stay out of health-clubs!"

I belonged to three such clubs in the past, beginning with the old Henry Hudson Health Club on 57th Street in New York City. I was disgusted when, using the women's sauna, I found the panties of other members hanging up to dry in there. Being of Scandinavian descent, this abuse rankled; I also knew that moisture in the sauna ("sow-nah" is the correct pronunciation) would defeat their idiotic purpose. I cleaned-off every piece of gym equipment before use, using rubbing alcohol. It has been thirteen years since I have darkened the door of one of those clubs, because the noise got louder and the germs deadlier. Now, my logic has borne out, with the major press agencies finally giving the flesh-eating disease MRSA, or antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (staphylia means "grapes" in Greek--the virus is shaped like a bunch of them), the attention it deserves. Human nature usually demands that someone die before a danger is recognised, but there have been more deaths from this than the AIDS virus, going unnoticed until now.

My husband and I, as I am fond of telling you, wear gloves everywhere we go, unless it is very hot weather. We keep hand-sanitizer in the car and in our bags. Consider the objects one must handle outside the home, in public--pens, products, door-handles--there's an infinite variety of things which can bear germs and viruses. If you don't like to wear gloves in public, at least use something to clean the shopping cart handle when you're marketing. Some supermarkets offer them in a dispenser near the carts.

Thoughtfulness in life, and keen awareness of our surroundings and habits, can help us survive even the most rampant modern scourge. After all, carelessness wrought by jaded arrogance has created just that: a deadly epidemic. 
©M-J de Mesterton 2006

M-J de Mesterton, 2006