Autumn/Winter: Style Advice from the Archives

A Priest from Secoton in Virginia, from 'Admiranda Narratio..', engraved by Theodore de Bry (1528-88) 1585-88 by Jacques (de Morgues) Le Moyne (1533-88) (after) Service Historique de la Marine, Vincennes, France/ Giraudon
A Priest from Secoton in Virginia, from 'Admiranda Narratio..', engraved by Theodore de Bry (1528-88) 1585-88 by Jacques (de Morgues) Le Moyne (1533-88) (after) Service Historique de la Marine, Vincennes, France/ Giraudon

 

 

 

Remember: buy it from the high-street and you’ll meet someone else wearing it

 

 

 

 

For office wear, double-check: too revealing? Rethink, unless you’re planning on seducing the boss and want the entire female office population to hate you 

Hatstand, 1969 by Allen Jones (b.1937)
Hatstand, 1969 by Allen Jones (b.1937)

Portrait of a Lady with a Large Ruff, an Armillary Sphere in the Background by English School, (16th century)
Portrait of a Lady with a Large Ruff, an Armillary Sphere in the Background by English School, (16th century)

 

 

 

Don’t, don’t, DON’T let the outfit wear you.

 

 

 

 The pursuit of perfection can be isolating. You may be thrilled to finally get that Fendi bag after waiting a few millennia; your friends won’t. Be prepared to go to the back of the line.

Procession of offering bearers, from Tomb 10 (Djehutynakht), Shaft A, Deir el-Bersha, Middle Kingdom by Egyptian, Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 BC) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Procession of offering bearers, from Tomb 10 (Djehutynakht), Shaft A, Deir el-Bersha, Middle Kingdom by Egyptian, Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 BC) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

Do you love adornment but hate washing and ironing? Body art is the ultimate solution for the laundromatically-challenged

Tattooed Arm by Robert Mann (20th century)  © Special Photographers Archive
Tattooed Arm by Robert Mann (20th century) © Special Photographers Archive

Combat of Ramses-Miamoun against the Khetas on the Borders of the Oronte, from 'Histoire de L'Art Egyptien d'apres les Monuments' by Achille Prisse D'Avennes, Paris, 1878-79 by French School, (19th century) British Library, London, UK
Combat of Ramses-Miamoun against the Khetas on the Borders of the Oronte, from 'Histoire de L'Art Egyptien d'apres les Monuments' by Achille Prisse D'Avennes, Paris, 1878-79 by French School, (19th century) British Library, London, UK

 

 

All’s fair in warfare. Accessorise weaponry, chariot and horses to instil sartorial terror into the enemy

 

 

 

 

 

With kids, it’s simple: they just need practical, machine-washable clothes to run around in

A Portrait of a Boy aged Four and a Girl aged three with a Small Dog by Hendrick Munnichhoven (c.1630-64)
A Portrait of a Boy aged Four and a Girl aged three with a Small Dog by Hendrick Munnichhoven (c.1630-64)

Opium Dreamer by Catherine Abel (b.1966) (Contemporary Artist)
Opium Dreamer by Catherine Abel (b.1966) (Contemporary Artist)

 

 

 

And finally peeps, remember: if clothes let you down, there’s always jewellery 


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