Friday, March 01, 2013
Here are a few tips, with photos to illustrate. Oh, well, yes... they are from a Madame Figaro article from the late 1940s, liberally translated by yours truly. But really, has that much changed? Read on! (I'm off to do my basket-balancing exercises.)
Grace and physical allure are qualities that are more precious than the beauty of face or body. And did you know that nothing reveals more about the inner you? A physical bearing that is confident, free and easy, will never belong to a shy woman; and men simply are not drawn to a woman whose demeanor proclaims grumpiness.
There are nevertheless exercises that can help you achieve that allure: practice walking with basket on your head, juggling, jumping rope, walking on tip-toe.
Walk without hurrying. Relax, throw your shoulders back, plant the sole of the foot on the ground, and walking will be, even in the city, the most beneficial sport of all.
Don’ts (illustrated in photos):
1. Certainly we have to open our stride from the hip, but, ladies, please: taking “giant steps” is not pretty. And bending the knees makes walking exhausting.
3. Oh, dear. Drooping shoulders, hunched back, hollow chest, head bent over… this demoiselle glumly counts the cobble stones. This posture is just so sad.
4. Right-left, right-left, 2-3-4. Oh, no! The hips swing back and forth, taking the jacket with them in their movement. Nothing less gracious than this swaying.
5. Over-arched derrière, chest forward, arms going nowhere. Does this young woman hope that her nose will arrive before she does?
The couture has certainly changed in the past 70 years... but does the posture advice still hold?
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