Fashion As Your Armor

retro little black dress

Clothing can communicate an attitude far better than words sometimes, and for Wallis Simpson, this idea couldn’t have been more true.  Wallis Simpson was an American socialite and eventually married the Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne for her.  She was once quoted as saying: “I’m not a beautiful woman.  I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.”  She use fashion as a political statement, and is remembered for her daring style that often went against the grain. Here’s what she’s taught us:

  1. A bold red lip works for anyone — as long as you wear it confidently.
  2. Play to your strengths.  Accentuate a tiny waist with tailored dresses and coats like our Carmel.
  3. She showed us how to look chic at any age.  She cultivated a simple, urban yet elegant style early in life that she maintained until her death in 1986.
  4. Confidence is having your own style, rather than feeling forced to wear what’s trendy or in her day appropriate for a woman of her social status.  She modeled Elsa Schiaperelli’s outrageous lobster dress for Vogue.
  5. A headpiece can set you apart from the crowd and complete your look.  A hat or scarf is chic and traditional.  Jewels aren’t only for your earlobes, wrists and fingers.
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