|Portrait of a Young Woman - Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun - Public Domain|
Reader Nena asked today's question, based on last week's Wondering Wednesday.
For any woman, the key to forming a versatile wardrobe is the clever combining of separates, so even though one has few pieces, one may combine them in a large number of ways.
Single women, because most of them work away from home, do need a separate work wardrobe, but the rule of three can apply to keep the clothing expense to a minimum. Three jackets or cardigans, three tops, and three skirts go a long way toward meeting a working woman’s wardrobe needs. These nine pieces combine to form twenty-seven outfits, if the colors and textures work together.
What about clothes for dates? The etiquette of dating/courtship varies greatly based on location and culture, so I can only write from the customs here in the United States. Here, most dates are casual: picnics, sporting events, activities with each other’s families, outdoor activities, and other similar functions. Today, hardly anyone under the age of sixty does the “dinner and a movie” date that was popular when I was in my teens and twenties, so a great number of dressy clothes are not necessary for dating. Three tops and three skirts make nine outfits, which would seem to cover quite a few dates before becoming repetitive. I don’t believe that most men care about the clothing that women wear, as long as the outfits are attractive, modest, and appropriate to the activity.
I believe that many men fear marrying someone who wastes money on expensive clothes and marrying someone who only sees them as meal tickets or means to an end. Showing men that we value the womanly art of thrift can help to alleviate those fears.
Buying expensive clothes isn’t sinful or anything like that, if the clothing can be easily afforded, but how we spend our money shows what we value. Answering the question “Why do I dress the way I do?” helps to clarify values and priorities.
I hope that my little “woman-to-woman” ideas have helped.