In the "Selecting Your Patterns" section of the book, there are some thoughts about choosing the correct fashions for each occasion in your life. So says VoNBBS:
Always select a design with where-you'll-wear-it in mind, remembering that the women voted "best dressed" always underdress rather than overdress. Nothing can be more embarrassing or awkward than to arrive at a gathering and discover yourself too "dressed up." No matter how smart and pretty you looked in the privacy of your bedroom, if you're overdressed for the occasion, you'll wish you were back home, slipping into something more simple.While I think this was probably good advice for the time, when supposedly many more women had ball gowns in their closets, I'm not entirely sure it applies to today. I find that I am often "overdressed," and it doesn't embarrass me in the least. But, then again, it's not like I've ever worn a formal gown to a cocktail party. It's just that I work with people who wear jeans and flip flops to the office on a daily basis. And I'm someone who doesn't entirely believe in casual Fridays. Work is kind of like an "occasion" to me, I suppose. When else would I wear all my cute dresses, skirts, and heels?
But also, in today's culture, I think it's pretty hard to be underdressed. I mean, people wear jeans to the opera, for goodness sakes.
VoNBBS goes on to make this (excellent, I think) point:
One of the best-dressed women we know measures fashion by comfort, and it's an excellent yardstick for making your choice. For if you are uncomfortable, the chances are you will never feel well dressed, no matter the occasion.Now, there's an idea I can get behind!
What do you all think? Do you agree that the best dressed women always underdress rather than overdress?