Sunday, March 27, 2011

This week the World said good-bye to a silver screen legend Ms Elizabeth Taylor. Liz Taylor in her heyday was one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Men wanted to date her and women wanted to be her, funnily enough not once was she photographed getting out of a limo with no pants on, she never shaved her head in public, or tried to run over photographers in her car. 

Liz Taylor was a true lady, she was elegant, polished and glamorous.

And so here it seems to me when I am out and about that it is no longer important to have polish and grace to consider ones-self a Lady. 

Just lately these are some of the less than glamorous faux pas I have been witnessing. Since when is it appropriate to wear a nightclubbing dress with a hemline just past your bottom to a wedding? If you put on open toed shoes is it too much to take the chipped nail polish off first? If your dress is a racer back cut - why wear a normal bra? And don't get me started on "pleather" shoes! Or less than professional work attire. Now of course this is NOT meant to be an attack but as I look around it makes me wonder, what happened to the style rules traditionally handed down from mother to daughter? 

These are just some of the ones drilled into me by my own Mum; 
  • Don't go out with wet hair
  • Don't go out with bare feet
  • NEVER EVER wear chipped nail polish
  • Don't show your legs and chest in the same outfit
  • Don't wear clothing too small for you - even if it means you will need to accept you have in fact gotten a little bigger.
  • Two tone hair makes you look like a Tiger and NOT a super model
  • G-Strings stay inside clothing at ALL times
  • Take the pet hair off your clothing before going out
Of course this doesn't mean you need to know your Acne from your Prada or dress purely in Gucci - far from it. But what I am saying is there was a time where looking and acting like a lady was something to aspire to. So what happened? Is it the side effects of the women's lib movement, less than glamorous role models, or Mum's that are so busy trying to have it all there is no time to coach daughters on how to be a lady and dress appropriately. 

Of course style has changed, life is more fast paced, women and men are now said to be on a more equal footing and Perth has got to be one of the most casual places on the planet. 

But the next time you go out think about what Coco Chanel once said;

"A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous."

Amen Sister!

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