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Historical Dress Every Day | Dressing to Improve Manners | 3 More Articles on Dress

I have three more intriguing articles on dress to discuss with you in today's video.

People who dress in historical dress on a daily basis, dressing up to improve manners, and the mess of modern power dressing are all on the table today.

Let's dive into these interesting articles:

I don’t see jeans in my future’: the people who wear complete historical dress – every day
This article introduces us to Zack MacLeod Pinsent, who likes to dress in Regency-era attire on a daily basis.

Suggested: Crow's Eye Productions is a wonderful YouTube channel with fascinating videos on historical dress. My children and I enjoy watching these videos together.

To solve Britain's rudeness epidemic we need to start dressing well by Celia Walden This article was shared with me by Emily R.
Every summer, something curious happens to the men inside Ascot’s Royal Enclosure. Doors and gates are held open for women, hands extended to help us down stairs and top hats doffed in our direction, as though, for that one week a year, young British men have decided to play at being chivalrous vintage gents – before leaving the manners and morning suits in a rumpled pile on the floor at the end of the day. Last Friday, it hit me: they’re playing that part because they’re dressed for it.

... and finally The Mess of Modern Power Dressing
The dress codes of influence and authority are one big mass of confusion — just look at the Oscars and Congress, at Goldman Sachs and the recent runways. But is that a bad thing?

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Anonymous said...

Something that I noticed years ago - whenever I wear even a casual dress/skirt to go shopping or run errands, drivers stop cars to allow me to cross the street, more doors are held open, sales clerks are more attentive, more people nod/smile as I pass them on the sidewalk. It is amazing.

Elizabeth Z said...

I’m so glad you did this video! I saw the BBC video of the man in regency dress, and was hoping you would cover him. I agree that I general, manners are improved when people are dressed nicely. I really think people respond better to you and treat you better when you are dressed nicely, as well. I’ve witnessed that time and time again in my own life. I would absolutely love to see a video from you regarding ways to take your favorite period and incorporate it into modern day dressing. I love the Victorian era too, as well as the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I’d be really interested in hearing some tips from you on how to incorporate aspects from those periods into my daily style! I’d also love to see your idea of a dress code video come to life, too! Thanks, Jennifer! I really enjoy your videos and find myself really appreciating your take on things. ��

Kim said...

I love this! Mothers should dress well because "the calling of being a homemaker and mother is worthy and important..." That's so true! It takes no more time to put on something presentable than it does yoga pants. When my kids were younger and we were homeschooling, I wore makeup and nice clothes, even if it was a day we weren't leaving the house. It really made a difference in my attitude and our whole day. Now that I'm a part-time teacher, I still enjoy dressing presentably on my non-teaching days.

Christine Gaines said...

Hi Jennifer,
I always love all your videos, but I especially love your videos on manners and why looking presentable matters. I am an airline pilot, and I can attest that when I put my uniform on, something inside me changes. I definitely feel more “powerful” and I also feel more respect towards others and towards myself. It is so very interesting to walk through the airport in my regular clothes versus my uniform. When in uniform, people smile at me, move to the side to let me by, and for the most part, speak respectably. I also feel that I must uphold a certain standard of behavior when I am wearing such a tailored beautiful outfit. I have no doubt that what we wear matters more now than ever!

Mimi Gregor said...

Seeing Zack in his Regency clothes really brought a smile to my face! Not only did it make me feel happy, but my heart did a little pitter-pat. He exudes confidence and joy, and is just irresistible!

I always dress well when I go out to run errands. Occasionally someone will ask me where I'm going "all dressed up", and I tell them that this is just what I always wear. I do notice that people treat me better when I'm well dressed than they did when I wore jeans to run errands. I get smiles, banter, and doors held open for me. In jeans, I was invisible. As a "super-power", invisibility is greatly overrated.

I used to change from my dress into jeans when I got home from running errands, but now I keep wearing my dress to cook and clean (donning an apron, bien sûr!) and I find that I feel and act more efficient. Jeans are pretty much what I wear now for gardening or hiking. This is completely due to your influence, Jennifer, so thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

Now there's the story of romper woman. Every new day there's another one.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer, I apologise for being off topic here. In the interview with Shaye Elliott you mentioned the thyroid gland. I am not a doctor, but I suggest to make sure you check it with the ultrasound test as well. My blood test results were ok, and the thyroind specialist said there was nothing to warry about; but since I didn't feel well I went to another doctor and he prescribed the ultrasound test and they found I had a nodule on the right wing of the thyroid. Although it is benign, it needs to be controlled every six months. This is just my experience I am sharing here because I had the same symptoms of being very tired at the end of the day. Lots of love :) xx

Jane said...

Have you ever read the Lost Art of Dress? I think you would enjoy it and gives the history of some of the things you mention about style becoming more casual.


SH said...

These articles are really interesting. When you first introduced the historical dress topic I thought it was going to be about people who work at historical sites! Recently I have been working on a project for work where we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of our university dorm. I have been going over archived photos and marveling at how college students dressed in 1959. The men wore jackets and ties. They look like grown men. Since I first saw the old photos I keep thinking that in comparison, students now look a bit like children. Especially when the women wear shorts or short dresses and the men wear cargo shorts and t-shirts, the difference is kind of comical.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking about how I hope people in the future don't adopt the trends of today as historical dressing. This brings me to some previous blog topics.

I went out to a better restaurant to celebrate a special occasion with family. This restaurant is a fine dining establishment with waiters who refold your napkin should you excuse yourself. It has a dress code. There at the next table was a woman wearing ripped jeans with a raw hem, dirty sneakers, and a midriff-baring top with a see-through top over it. A table away, a teenager out with his parents was wearing a suit and tie. Guess which one was following the dress code.

People of the future might get some pretty strange ideas. I hope they will be cautious.