Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
2. Find page 123.
3. Find the first 5 sentences and read them.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
Rather than grab the nearest book to the computer at the moment, which was the Consumer Reports 2008 Buying Guide, I thought it might be fun to compare two books written almost 44 years apart, but covering the same topic and similar in format. The first is A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions
by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux. Originally published in 1964, and arranged alphabetically by topic, the book is an entertaining mishmash of quaintly anachronistic and timeless sartorial advice.
Under the topic, “Occasions,” page 123:
“Black is not the ideal colour for more or less ceremonious late-day and formal evening functions; it is, in fact, prohibited by Court protocol. But nothing better has even been invented for the smart little dinner dress, without sleeves and somewhat décolleté, that is perfect to wear when the men are in dark business suits rather than black tie. A chic black dress of this type is an indispensable part of every woman’s wardrobe, and it is ideal for all of those business dinners when your husband wishes to proudly introduce to his boss, colleagues, or customers, a wife whose good taste is as remarkable as her elegance.”
See what I mean?
Under the topic, “Jeans: not as bulletproof as they tell you” page 123:
“And so manufacturers, understandably, decided to milk this cash cow for all it was worth, experimenting with every possible style, design and color variation they could possibly imagine in order to convince customers to buy more, more, MORE! Thus, what was once an easy basic became a fraught style statement with its own internal fashion trends.
The style that originally reeled in the masses was the bootcut hipster.”
If you’d like to carry this meme forward, consider yourself tagged.
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