I found this among my emails today:
A metallic fiber is hellish to work with but this would make a magnificent bustier or a nice vest.
But who has an event to wear a bustier and the requisite velvet skirt to? It's too dressy for a dinner date, if anyone still does dinner dates.
I love beautiful clothes and my physical type is suited to tailoring. Today's clothes just don't work for me. Even if I had the figure for low rise pants, they're gawd awful uncomfortable to wear! I don't have a pierced belly button, so I don't need to wear dropped trousers. And I am sick of casual!
I have a blouse, a plain, oxford-cloth tailored blouse with a button-down collar. I know it is old: my mother bought it for me and she died in 1985. The reasons I never wore are many and boring to recount but it is tailored and skims the body unlike today's "blousy," even blowzy, shirts that never stay tucked in and always look a mess.
Sigh! Whatever happened to nice clothes and clothes for occasions?