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Further Advice From Mrs. Vanderbilt

February 28, 2011

Last week, I brought you an excerpt from Amy Vanderbilt’s book on etiquette. Although written more than fifty years ago, her musings on style are as true as ever. Let’s see what else she has to say:

On calling cards: “Engraved calling cards are a pleasant social convenience, but perfectly nice people have been known to get along successfully without them.”

On boys: “Very few daughters really wish to settle their affections for life on a teen-age boy when it comes right down to it, though the fantasy of undying devotion is very evident for a time.”

On makeup for teenagers: “I shall never forget the incongruity of the heavy false eyelashes I once saw on a girl with her teeth in braces.”

On exclusivity: “It is part of our snobbism that we don’t want to join a club everyone can join.”

On hats: “Of course, if a man does greet a woman in public with a kiss, he must remove his hat entirely.” (This follows several pages of specific situations, such as approaching a woman at an information desk before entering an office, detailing when a man should and should not remove his hat.)

Isn’t she entertaining? I wish I lived in the 1950’s and could actually put my knowledge of hats and calling cards (thanks to Amy Vanderbilt, of course) into good use.

xoxo Hannah

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 12:22 am

    These posts are very cute Hannah. I could see you fitting in perfectly in that period!

  2. March 1, 2011 8:12 am

    But you can my dear. You had calling cards — you just need to update them again and pass them out. And as for the hats, consider it sun-glass etiquette. When to remove or don them.

  3. March 4, 2011 5:50 pm

    Gorgeous photo!

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