The Best Dressed Woman I know came into my yard the other morning with a hat-box. “Want to see my new hat?” she asked. Was there ever a woman who did not want to see a new hat?
The Best Dressed Woman carefully untied the tape and produced the hat. It was a beauty – tiny, smart, graceful, and of an odd color and unusual material. A single, stunning little ornament was the only trimming.
The Best Dressed Woman put the hat on. Immediately it became more charming. She then said: “I studied it out and I’ve come to the conclusion that hats are the things that count the most in an outfit. You see a woman’s hat before you see anything else and remember it longer. It’s a frame for her face. If a woman has a well-tailored, conservative suit and a chic hat and smart looking feet, she makes a much better all-round impression than a woman in an expensive, up-to-the-minute suit, if her hat is commonplace and her feet are unattractively shod.”
I saw her yesterday on the trolley. Her last year’s suit was pressed and freshened. She wore her new hat and shoes, and she deserved her title, The Best Dressed Woman.
Women who cannot find money for a fresh outfit this season should find The Best Dressed Woman’s clothes philosophy interesting.
— based on The Hat All Important by Ruth Cameron, 1916