Why Don't You?

There's this fabulous book I just finished reading by this equally fabulous woman.

She's marvelous, she's theatrical, and her stories are ever so dramatic and interesting. If it's not dining with Jack Nicholson, taking a walk with Andy Warhol, or giving Jackie Kennedy advice about dressing, it's storytelling at its most entertaining and equally as personable, for she has such a way of drawing the reader in.

I would've loved to have coffee with this lady. Or a shot of whiskey. Either or!

My mystery book is a memoir told by the very iconic Diana Vreeland.

In case you weren't aware of her existence, Diana remains one of the most memorable fashion icons during the twentieth century. Not only was she the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, but she was also the editor-in-chief of Vogue. She had an extremely fasinating life (enjoyed by the company of quite the crowd of famous friends; including Diaghilev, Buffalo Bill, Josephine Baker, and even England's Queen Mary), but was most fondly remembered for her innate sense of style.

She bestowed this gift upon the world in many ways. Through storytelling, through dressing, and through writing. Sounds a little bit like what I'm going for here!

Anyhow, there's this one column that she's quite known for establishing during her time at Harper's Bazaar called: Why Don't You?

It's an audacious advice column that's designed for the modern woman. And there's some stupendous reccomendations. To wet your whistle, here's a few of my favorites:

Why Don't You?

"Rinse your blond child's hair in dead champagne to keep it gold, as they do in France?"

"Wear loose velvet gloves in wonderful colors-the right hand in violet velvet, the left in burgundy? These gloves at the theatre emerging from a beautiful fur cape would be very effective."

"Tie black tulle bows on your wrists?"

They're fun food for thought ideas and they inspired me to try something different with my look today. Per a recent watching of an episode of Outlander (only my new favorite show), I took inspiration from Claire's character and decided to wear a choker.

Only my choker was actually a strip of vintage rick rack ribbon I tied around my neck.

Why not?

Style is all about originality and the unexpected. It's personal and it tells a story. Mine happens to be something as simple as wanting to tie a ribbon around my neck. But to me, it means wearing something not normally worn. Sure, girls tie ribbon around their hair, and Diana suggested bows on the wrist, but what about around the neck? 

There are so many undiscovered tips for dressing and darling Diana reminded me of the endless possibilities when it comes to style. 

So the next time you look at a line of ribbon and wonder about the ridiculousness of wearing it around your neck, I ask you simply:  

Why Don't You?