Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mood Dressing



Basket of Cherries
by Robert Spears Dunning (1829-1905)



In the Orchard
by Walter Boodle  (1859-1914)



Cherry Fabric
(You can click on for a larger view if you go here


Mood dressing is something women have done for years. It is a way of selecting a dress that would make you feel your brightest and your best. Having something beautiful to wear that matches the day or the season or the events in your life, can give you a new attitude and a burst of energy.



Cherry Earrings
by Frederick Morgan 1856-1927


(this is the painter that enlisted the help of fellow-artist Arthur John Elsley to paint the animals in his scenes.)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can imagine that cherry print in a beautiful dress! Mood clothing means that some days just feel like yellow or blue. Other days lend themselves to a type of clothing: a soft cotton or a sturdy corduroy. Would you be willing to address the clothing that are suitable for travel?

Anonymous said...

I bought this fabric just the other day and have it in mind for an apron as I tend to wear solid fabrics in my clothing. I always try to buy fabrics for my aprons that make me smile instantly or that evoke memories. Since I wear an apron for most of the day on most days, it certainly helps to have something on that is cheering.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

That is very smart. The fabric is very high priced and a yard or a yard and a bit more will make a full length apron. I love solid colors and the pretty apron over it. When at home, you can protect it with an apron, and when going elsewhere you can remove the apron and add a wrap or scarf and have a more formal dress.

Anonymous said...

Another thing you can do when the fabric is expensive, is make a vest to wear over a solid color dress. Vests were once very popular and should be revived. They provide more comfort and modesty for women, too.

Anonymous said...

I found that fabric with a black backgruond and, while I wouldn't usually choose one like that, it matched my children's swim team shirt perfectly (read parent volunteer time) and made such a fun combination that it was striking. I made a skirt out of it and it made everybody smile especially the youngsters who were knee height. What fun to have fun with our raiment. Thank you for all your inspiration and wonderful ideas.

Anonymous said...

I love vests for the warmth and modesty factor.

Anonymous said...

We saw the movie "Penelope" a while back. I really enjoyed the wardrobe that Penelope wore. She had longish skirts with great low heeled shoes, feminine looking blouses, soft sweaters, and the colors were so lovely. If you've not seen the movie, it is definitely worth viewing for her wardrobe. In fact it was so striking, that the rest of the movie paled in comparison. I watched it a second time just to see her clothes again. Although her clothing was probably a little youthful for a woman of my age, there were concepts that would easily transition for older women.

Anonymous said...

I mood dress often. I dress either to suit the day, occasion or as a way to alter my mood and make it what I want it to be. I find if I need confidence I wear something with red in it. This is immediately confidence boosting and definitely affects how I react to the world. I am not often a red wearer, I am more the pink and the blue girl (woman, lady...46 years old). A red coin purse is nice for confidence, it is just a touch of red that is enough.

Green is always gentle and balancing for me. Pink is feminine and blue is just beautiful.

Kind regards.

Anonymous said...

Moods also come with the morning. Some mornings just "say" light blue, and other mornings seem to ask for brilliant colors to counteract the fog or the cold. Months create moods and colors, as well. I always thought of January as a bright light with pastel colors, for some reason, and May as pink.

Anonymous said...

Seasonal colors I like are: rich, vibrant colors in winter, and loads of white in summer. Pink always, and light blue in all but winter, which calls, to me, for deeper shades of it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found you again...I have been looking all over for your blog, but kept finding horrible, spiteful copies.

At last I have found you. Thank you for such an encouraging, uplifting blog. I'm so glad to spend time in the company of real ladies.

God bless,
Mrs. C xx

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

Please email me when you see something like that and I will tell you how you can help get rid of them. I cant imagine hard working homemakers with time to do something like that. It is a terrible example to their children and robs the perpetrators of their natural beauty.

Anonymous said...

Lady Lydia,

I've missed your posts terribly. I hope you are well and just very busy. Here's hoping we get to read some more of yur words of wisdom again soon and that your health and family are all well.

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