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Doing the Math

By December 27, 2012

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A fun little note -- I recently read an interesting wardrobe-building guide by my favorite author of the moment, Marjorie Hillis. In Orchids on Your Budget, she breaks down exactly what she'd recommend purchasing for spring/summer/early fall in 1937 -- and I have priced it out! In today's dollars, the small wardrobe she recommends would cost about $1,141.

Take a look at her seasonal recommendations:

  • Wool coat, untrimmed
  • Black silk crepe dress
  • Black Sheer wool dress
  • Short toast-brown wool jacket
  • Checked skirt
  • Printed silk dress
  • Toast brown hat/bag/shoes
  • Lighter brown gloves/stockings
  • White gloves/jacket/hat

Does $1,141.00  sound about right for the mid-level professional woman's three-season wardrobe budget, or do you think this number is much higher for most of us today?

Suggested Reading: Vintage Fashion Advice from Marjorie Hillis


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