Flipping channels recently, I noted there is a TV program for women called, "What Not To Wear." Life and fashion used to be a lot simpler. All I had to do was follow my mother's rules:
* Never wear white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.
* Always wash gloves between wearings.
* Make sure stocking seams are straight and heels of shoes aren't scuffed. (You can't see your backside, but others can.) Perhaps I should point out that stockings (hosiery) came in pairs, one for each leg, and were held up by garter belts or girdles. Pantyhose without seams were far in the future.
That was pretty much it. Females, young and old, would put on a hat at the "drop of a hat." Any occasion was a good one to put on a pretty chapeau. I had, and still have, a large collection of hats.
Currently, the question is not so much what not to wear, as what to wear. At this time of year, the temperature can vary twenty degrees from day to day. The barn coat, turtleneck shirt, and gloves that barely keep me warm one day are traded for a tank top the next. Ball caps and bibbies, that's about as much fashion as I can handle these days.