Friday, December 30, 2011


This will be my last blog post for 2011. I am not going out with a bang, but I am also not going out with a whimper. Rather, I thought I would share with you something that is JUST RIGHT. Jean Muir always made clothes that were just right. They weren't "all right" as they were much more effective and ultimately essential for a woman's wardrobe. Her signature raised seams, trapunto stitching, effortless-like shapes made mundane daywear extra fashionable and appropriate without looking like a victim. A perfect example is this tomato crepe dress. A fabulous variation of a shirtmaker that is anything but boring or basic. Notice the details across the collar, the tie around the neck, the bracelet sleeve, the slight-pucker to the shoulder, and the architectural horizon back. It is easy to see why Jean Muir became such an essential wardrobe staple for so many decades and for so many women. Her business outlasted many of her contemporaries who also began in the 1960s and her clothes are continuing referenced by so many designers today.

As I prepare to fly to NYC this morning to ring in the New Year, I remind you of one of my fashion mantras: nothing boring, nothing basic, and make black not look black by the way you accessorize. Jean Muir understood this and it's a great resolution to follow this advice. If you get confused, just wear vintage Muir. That's the beauty of timeless vintage: as the clock strikes midnight on the 1st of January, your vintage collectible is only more desirable as it gets another year older.

Wishing you a perfectly marvelous 2012 that isn't boring, basic, or black.

Jean Muir tomato crepe day dress, c. 1975. Modern 4 to 6 SOLD

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