This week Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash! She is an amazing health educator with an unmatchable set of credentials. When she makes a recommendation on diet or exercise you can be certain that it is the best available information and not made to support a marketing plan of a brand. Sort of no-nonsense fitness!
The new Ralph Lauren store on Fifth Avenue has a bookstore! This was all it took for my bibliophile husband to go willingly into a clothing store. The small bookstore was a treasure trove of style books, many of which were out of print classics. This did not work for my husband, but I was in heaven. Seven Sisters Style by Rebecca Tuite was the perfect book for this temple of preppy chic– and at $35 was probably the least expensive item in the entire three story store.
I went to Bronx High School of Science and New York University, very far both geographically and socially from the Seven Sisters colleges. I loved going to school in Greenwich Village, but I still would stare like a deer in the headlight at the girls in camel coats and loafers that came into the city on the weekends. Each Sunday in the New York Times magazine section, John Mayer advertised yet another print shirtwaist and I could not wait to discuss the pros and cons of each dress with my equally unpreppy friends. . And as it turned out, this iconic look captured and held the imagination for many years. Seven Sisters Style deconstructs the look of saddle shoes, cashmere cardigans, Bermuda shorts, blazers and of course pearls. The vintage photos are priceless from real life Vasser girl Meryl Streep to scenes from dorms and classes in the 50’s. I never realized the rigid uniformity behind the plaid skirts and rolled up jeans, but I can see why the sea change of the 60’s changed forever how women dressed.
While true prep style is long gone from the now mostly co-ed seven sisters, author Truite closes with a look at the designers like the late Perry Ellis and of course the very current Ralph Lauren who were inspired by this timeless, quintessential American style.