Ask Lily Beth ☞ How to Use a Handkerchief

I do this for myself because I am my own fatherland, and my handkerchief is my flag. Reinhold Messner So this arrive in my inbox this morning, from Steve: Dear Lily Beth – after opening a handkerchief and blowing (?) your nose, how is it best to fold it up? First of all, Steve, bully … Continue reading

Ask Lily Beth ☞ An alternative to groomsmen boutonnieres

So Isabel writes: I am having a major dilemma over boutonnieres for my wedding. I don’t like them, but I want to make sure the groom stands out. I want him to look very “Mad Men” with a black suit, white pocket square. Do you think if the best man and fathers wear one in … Continue reading

The Four Most Confusing Dress Codes of All Time

If you’re looking for the difference between formal, semi-formal, black-tie, etc, go read the Wikipedia article – they write it more polite and more concise than I ever could. This article is not even about the obnoxious dress suggestions I see on invitations now-a-days: festive formal, creative black-tie, urban casual. No, this article is instead … Continue reading

Dealing with Delicates: Lingerie

“Underwear is such an emotional thing.” –  Elle Macpherson, Australian model, actress, and businesswoman Table of Contents Introduction: Reasons to Invest in Lingerie The History of Lingerie Start with Vocabulary Building Your Own Lingerie Wardrobe What do you have, Lily-Beth? Bras: Measuring Quantity Caring for Bras Panties: Fitting Quantity Caring for Panties Shapewear: For When You’re … Continue reading

Fashion is Architecture: Navigating Men’s Clothing

Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society. ~Mark Twain Table of Contents Introduction Take It All Off: Your Body Type Take a Moment to Think (Really Think) About Your Personal Style Beginners Vocabulary: And Now, Some Autopsies! Autopsy of a Shirt Autopsy of Trousers Autopsy of a Suit Jacket … Continue reading

Making Your Closet into a Fashion Plate for $50, $100, $250

clos·et  (klzt, klôzt) n. A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing. First thing’s first: without your clothes, your closet loses its purpose. The clothes always come before the apparatus, and the best and easiest way to take care of your clothes is two fold:

Fine Ladies Series: Diana Vreeland

Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal. – Diana Vreeland Diana Vreeland, née Dalziel, was never incredibly rich, but she was certainly high-society. And she was inarguably a force to be reckoned with. Diana was born into such relatives and ancestors as George Washington, Francis Scott Key, … Continue reading

Makeup 101: A Primer

The conventions of small Southern towns dictate that a lady doesn’t even run to the supermarket without a full face of makeup. Even my mother, who’s usually incredibly sensible, would say to me “Are you going out like that?” if I left the house sans lipstick. When I was thirteen, I had a girlfriend a … Continue reading