A girl sees a pretty fashion plate, she has it copied by a good dressmaker. The dress is put on, it is good and expensive, but where is the style? It is not there. The wearer is young, she has a pretty face; what is it that makes her look ordinary, commonplace?
Another girl has an inexpensive dress, she has such a look of thoroughbred that if she speaks, people listen; at each turn of her head one sees a new beauty in her face. Wherever she moves our eyes follow her; what is it which makes all she wears look well?
It is the true dignity and ease of her carriage.
Without a good carriage a pretty face is thrown away, the most perfect dress-cutting and fitting are thrown away, even refinement of manner is hidden under a bushel. To carry herself well is almost the only personal distinction left to a woman; it positively alters her features.
With the head erect, the chest expanded, and the back teeth slightly set together (keeping the mouth open often accompanies stooping), the chin gains decision,the upper lip shortens, and really the nose straightens.
The pleased feeling of not being at a disadvantage with the world gives a look of pleasure to the eyes, dresses when made and worn do look like the stylish fashion-plate from which they are copied, and life is a sweet success.
Collection: Godey’s Lady’s Book
Publication: Godey’s Lady’s Book
Date: April, 1895
Title: Good Style
Location: Philadelphia, PA