Regardless of the fluctuations of fashion, true style is enduring. Some of the most stylish items in a woman's closet are the most venerable, the ones fashion magazines call "classics." The little black dress, the white shirt, the cashmere sweater, blue jeans, the suit, high heels, pearls, lipstick, sneakers, and the trench coat are things every woman owns, or aspires to own because they never go out of style. Using examples gleaned from literature, magazines, and film, as well as her own witty anecdotes, Nancy MacDonell Smith traces the fascinating origin and evolution of each of these truly chic, truly essential items from inception to icon status.
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