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

Deciphering Monograms

Man, is there ever a flurry of disagreement about monograms. And since you can monogram most anything these days, there’s about as many vehement opinions as there are things to monogram. Silver, linens, stationery, clothing, accessories, right down to coffee mugs – you name it, someone, somewhere, can put a monogram on it. Hell, after … 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:

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