Sunday, 27 October 2013

Style inspiration: Donna Tartt



Having shirts dry-cleaned is a habit I picked up off Manhattan Brother. After spending many years perfecting the 'front-only' ironing technique, the grab-and-go potential of a freshly laundered shirt feels like a natural progression. I bet Donna Tartt gets her huge collection of white shirts professionally cleaned. I'm finding her buttoned-up, androgynous style, quite chic at the moment. I admire her no-nonsense approach to fashion. Anyone read The Goldfinch yet?



10 comments:

Rosemary the Shopper said...

Oh, how I would love to come to the Mirror, Mirror conference to hear you speak and to see/meet Ari Cohen.

I have a book to recommend to you, and although it might be too late for you to use in your talk, it IS one of the best books on fashion/being seen/what the heck clothes are REALLY for, that I have ever seen. It is called "The Thoughtful Dresser" by Linda Grant. I've just finished the chapter "The Cloak of Invisibility" which is SO on the money! It talks about the 60s cult of youth-worship, and what happens now that us baby boomers are "the old folks." I think you would enjoy reading it, even if you can't get it in time for your talk.

Personally, people tell me I'm glamorous, which I take to be a real compliment. I think the biggest contributing factor to that is just that I pay attention to what I wear, and when I see people I smile at them as though they are the most fabulous person I have ever seen. I can truthfully tell you, I never feel invisible.

Good luck for the night!
Rosemary from
www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

Angela said...

I can not make yor event, know it will be good! In answer to your question I am reading question reading The Goldfinch this very moment for me a definite page turner.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I just had a flash of feeling really stupid...I always dry clean my husband's shirts and just never considered doing mine...I think that is going to change this week!! Thanks for your sweet words earlier today on my blog!

That's Not My Age said...

Thanks Rosemary - and yes that's a brilliant book. Will have another quick read before my talk tomorrow.

Tracey Southwell said...

Hey Rosemary, thanks for the tip about the book, I've just placed an order with Book Depository for a copy.

There is a whole psychology behind our appearance. I found this out while doing my degree which touched on sociology. It intrigues me. I am now freelancing as a personal stylist, but have always been a keen observer of style and how people 'carry' themselves. A lot has to do with their self esteem and childhood, where they either learn that "I'm not good enough/Who do I think I am" or that they're worthy of dressing themselves in beautiful things - sometimes the latter lesson is learned as they develop through life.

The Bon Mot for my blog is
"Love Your Life, Love Your Style" because really what we wear is a reflection of those things. If you don't love your life or yourself, you're not going to dress in beautiful things or pay attention to your grooming. I try and help women appreciate their own uniqueness and love themselves, and therefore WANT to dress beautifully. The outer should reflect the beauty that some women don't realise is there already. And this is the angle I come from in my styling services: You're already beautiful, let's bring it out!

www.lovelifestyleandstuff.com

Tracey Southwell said...

Hey Rosemary, thanks for the tip about the book, I've just placed an order with Book Depository for a copy.

There is a whole psychology behind our appearance. I found this out while doing my degree which touched on sociology. It intrigues me. I am now freelancing as a personal stylist, but have always been a keen observer of style and how people 'carry' themselves. A lot has to do with their self esteem and childhood, where they either learn that "I'm not good enough/Who do I think I am" or that they're worthy of dressing themselves in beautiful things - sometimes the latter lesson is learned as they develop through life.

The Bon Mot for my blog is
"Love Your Life, Love Your Style" because really what we wear is a reflection of those things. If you don't love your life or yourself, you're not going to dress in beautiful things or pay attention to your grooming. I try and help women appreciate their own uniqueness and love themselves, and therefore WANT to dress beautifully. The outer should reflect the beauty that some women don't realise is there already. And this is the angle I come from in my styling services: You're already beautiful, let's bring it out!

www.lovelifestyleandstuff.com

Tiffany said...

Good luck with the talk! I love Donna Tartt's look, but I fear it would be entirely too high maintenance for me - everything about it is immaculate!

earlgreytea said...

Goldfinch is book at bedtime at the moment on BBC Radio 4

That's Not My Age said...

Rosemary - I used a quote from The Thoughtful Dresser in my talk! Thanks for reminding me what a fab book it is.

Val Sparkle said...

I'm reading The Goldfinch now - it was the first thing I put on my new Kindle. As with Donna Tartt's other books, this one hooks you quickly and then pulls you along - and along, and along. It's easy to fall into her reading and not want to put the book down, but it's not so tense that you feel anxious all the time. I loved her other books, and I look forward to getting a new one from her each decade!

I love that photo of her, which I also saw on Amazon. Fabulous style!