I learned so much from both books. Appropriate 1860s cuffs and undersleeves, as well as that my body shape should not wear pencil skirts. Super no no for me.
I actually learned very much about what types of modern clothing work for my body - the pear with saddlebags. Skirts on the bias are a no way, once again pencil skirts are a horrible thing, stilettos are a no no, skinny jeans are social suicide, and the best advice for me is to keep the bottom half of my body in dark clothing and a total mystery while playing up the top half. I should wear chunky shoes, wide leg pants, lots of attention drawn up to my shoulders with accessories and the cut of the shirt, accentuate my waist, A-line skirts with lots of ruffles going on, and boots are my friend.
It has helped because I am quite fashion challenged. It helped alot.
So then I read this blog this morning and I am obsessed.
I am quite sensitive about the lower half of my body. Very sensitive. I would love to change it, shave half of the flesh away and walk away with the cutest little sporty body around. I have a few good friends who tell me that curves are good and womanly, but I just feel like there is a tall, slender gal hiding somewhere inside this pear.