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Dress Right for Work

Dress with Style
Wallace
1983

This book was hitting the market just as I was hitting the post college job market. Since I have/had no fashion sense ever, I would have been a target market for this book. As these types of books go, this isn’t too bad. The general theme is relatively conservative, job appropriate style. A very good choice for a collection back in the early 1980s. The clothing is a pretty good choice and some of the examples wouldn’t be that out of place in an office these days. I remember that scarves and ties were quite the thing in professional dress. I believe more than one expert touted a scarf as the equivalent of a man’s tie.

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Break out the Aqua Net!

Beauty and Hair Fashions
Richardson
1968

Relive the 1960s with some seriously interesting hair styles. The book is pretty low substance and the pencil drawings that illustrate the styles barely qualify as illustrations, not to mention look a bit creepy. For the most part, this book is really a bunch of promotions wrapped up with some hair styles.

If you are of a certain age, you might remember those days when you shellacked your hair into place. (Aqua Net and Dippity-Do were the tools of the time.) My mother sported a bouffant style from the late 1960s through most of the 1970s. A once a week hair appointment required hair rollers, sitting under a bonnet hair drier, and having her hair teased into submission. Every night she would carefully wrap that hair in toilet paper to hold the style in place. She integrated some wigs and hair pieces into her life because the work required to maintain a style like that was way too much.