Saturday, July 14, 2007

Princess seams and bracelet sleeves

When I was thinking about First Lady wardrobes yesterday, I realized that Laura Bush is usually seen these days in a wonderful uniform, which varies little, the only major difference from one appearance to another being whether the jacket tops trousers or a skirt. The jacket is customarily worn without a blouse visible underneath, if there is one at all. The sleeves are three-quarters in length or at least cut very short. Some say that a three-quarters sleeve stops at the elbow and that one that stops between the elbow and the wrist is properly called a bracelet sleeve. A uniform saves so much time. I personally dislike beiges, pastels, and strong, unmixed colors. I think that people in public life are urged to go for the brights for photogenic and telegenic reasons, but more subtle colors are more attractive.


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