By Dawn Mellon.
I find myself repeating famous quotes and later wondering, “What exactly does that mean?” Take, for example, the old adage, “Dressed to the nines.” Think about it. The nines? Why not the eights or the tens? How can someone dress TO a number? And, why is it considered a compliment?
As it turns out, the most popular theory of the meaning behind the saying, “Dressed to the nines,” is that it used to take a full nine yards of fabric to create the very best suits.
I think we’re all guilty of saying things without really knowing the meaning behind our words. Worse yet, I think we’re also guilty of tossing about words, acronyms and industry jargon, fully expecting everyone to understand what we mean. Which leads me to think about those in the fashion industry referring to ‘the classics?’ Invest in the classics. Build your wardrobe around the classics. The classics never go out of style. Sounds good, but, what exactly are the classics?
Here’s my take on the classics, or, as I refer to them: “The Dazzling Dozen:”
1. Little Black Dress
Considered by many as Coco Chanel’s most significant contribution to the fashion industry, the little black dress has stood the test of time. Why? It’s simple. Literally, it’s simplicity is the key to its longevity. You can put on a pair of evening sandals and your best jewelry or you can throw on a pair of flats with a simple pair of earrings, slip into your dress, and you look appropriate and put together.