By Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux
The dress wardrobe of an elegant woman is not necessarily very extensive. It might, for example, be composed as follows
To wear almost all year round:
1 white wool dress (for lunch, afternoon, and informal evenings)
1 black crêpe dress (simple but very chic, for cocktails, dinner, and the theatre)
1 bright dinner dress, long or short, in a rather rich wool or silk material
Plus, in the winter:
1 wool dress in a neutral colour selected to form an elegant ensemble with her winter coat
In the spring:
1 silk dress which forms an ensemble with her spring coat
1 pretty evening dress, short or long, in a light fabric such as white or a light colour (lemon yellow, turquoise, coral, sky blue, etc.)
And in the summer:
As many washable cotton and linen dresses as her particular activities and climate may require.
Excerpt from 'A Guide to Elegance'