Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, the longtime directrice of Nina Ricci, wrote A Guide to Elegance in the early 1960s, when a more rigid and refined style of dress reigned. Although I don't share her penchant for pearl necklaces, I do agree with her affection for the LBD, along with many of her other timeless--and frank--pearls of wardrobe wisdom. Such as:

Know Your Body Type
Not every style looks good on every body. Figure out what works for you and forget the rest.

Shop Alone
Mme. Dariaux has some interesting reasons why you should never shop with girlfriends (or anyone else). I've always just found it more relaxing and fruitful to shop at my own pace (fast) and time (never on Saturday), in a store with a good return policy and a staff that gets the sizes you need and then leaves you alone.

Beware of Bargains
It's easy to be lured in by markdowns. But the true value of a garment is not the price but how often you wear it, how long it lasts and how good it makes you feel--qualities you don't always find in sale racks or outlet stores.

READ: A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

"Use the good china for breakfast."