Style Glossary: Ahem, A Hem

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From the left: The Iso-Taupe Top, Hem and Haw Dress, and Streets of Sausalito Top.

Friends with colds, brandish your handkerchiefs! Then, once you’d had your fill of thinking about the drippy nose’s worst enemy, continue reading…

Though amid January doldrums, the word “handkerchief” might conjure up the images alluded to heretofore, there’s a much prettier use of the word when it’s combined with “hem.” The handkerchief hem is attributed to French couturier Madame Vionnet, who pioneered the design circa 1920, and it’s been used to flatter the figure from then on out!

Have you any handkerchief hems hanging in your closet?



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