Timeless Style

This is the time of year my late pal Jackie makes her annual visit.

I feel her alongside me as I prepare for spring. Out come my sweaters cleaned, then put away; my coats checked for spots and loose buttons. Boots are repaired and polished, shoe trees in place to keep their shape.

She taught me all this when I was a mere girl, a clueless chica living in Levi’s and her favorite Ramones T-shirt, Keds on her size 9 feet.

Jackie had what Ralph Lauren calls ‘Timeless Style’ raised in Paris where women learn at a young age, how to dress.

She was there when I bought my first suit at Saks with two nice blouses you could switch out, depending where you were going.

You’re better off with one good outfit, then lots of bargains that fall apart after a few cleanings. Invest in a good pair of pumps and black flats, a nice belt and a good purse, and that’s all you’ll need. And those Ramones of yours, at the very least, should always be cleaned and pressed….Jackie Wisdom

She was the one who said…toss in black slacks and a little black dress folded like a silk hankie, and you’re packed and set to go….anywhere.

I loved her so much, hence 40 years later because of her, still dress the same…

Quality over Quantity.

Audrey, with a little Patti Smith tossed in.

What’s that Jackie?

“Wear who you are Susannah, a lean, simple sprite of a girl, and don’t forget, less is more, and simplicity is the keynote for true elegance.

Jackie, quoting Coco Chanel.        

Copy that! 🙂


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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23 Responses to Timeless Style

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, that advice is so true about almost everything; jewelry, furniture, friends, etc.
    I have three cashmere pullover sweaters that I wear with skirts, slacks, or jeans. They are worn more often than all my other tops put together. As for shoes, your feet will tell you in no uncertain terms when they aren’t happy with your selection. Although I have to admit to owning more than a few pair of shoes that are not meant for walking (but they look so good).
    Quality clothing will last until you can’t squeeze into it anymore. I still have a wool cape from over 50 years ago that you might think was made yesterday. Luckily I don’t have to squeeze into a cape.

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    • Everything I own is classic I either mend or restore till I’m forced to replace it. I finally needed new tights that were so baggy at the knee from so many washings so my puck look had to be updated. Fads have never interested me plus it’s pricey to dress dictated by what’s in. I’m grateful I learned to dress to the beat of my own drum, as it were. Wanted to just remember my friend who I so miss. sigh

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  2. Dale says:

    That Jackie knew how to do it, didn’t she? I have always chosen a classic style that will never go out of style. Never could get into the look of the moment. Just isn’t moi!
    Have a lovely Sunday. Off to work for me!

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  3. Sorryless says:


    Madame Onassis wrote the book on style, and she raised a generation of young women in the art of fashion. You learned your lessons and you graduated with honors, as you possess an astute eye for the perfect look.

    To borrow from Rod Stewart, you wear it well. 🙂

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  4. Vasca Beall says:

    My beautiful mother taught me about buying ‘good things’…I learned well and it pays dividends. I have favorites that I weat until they’re threadbare and if the bare spots don’t show too obviously…still they’re worn with adoration. I believe your Jackie must’ve been a joy…I had a lovely petite Jackie that looked chic to the nines…no matter what she put together. I love chic…woohoo! It pays to buy good…indeed. You are one beautifully attired woman…24/7..love it.

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  5. It’s great to have friends like that. I miss my friends I had in Korea that I would do so much with. Friends sometimes leave, but at least we still have the memories of them.

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    • Tomorrow is Jackie’s birthday. I’ll go to her building that faces the Park, and stand across the street and look up to the 4th floor and dream about the days when we’d sit in her cozy kitchen, drink wine or tea, munching cucumber sandwiches, laughing, talking about life as if it would go on forever. 🙂

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