First Line Friday – 5.19.17

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Friday! Friday! Friday! Three cheers for the upcoming weekend! But before we get there, how about discovering some great reads to distract you from those annoying weekend chores? 😉

As always, I’m sharing a line from a book I think my readers will be interested in. However, I’m stepping out of my norm, this week and sharing a nonfiction book with you. This week’s line is from Victorian Fashions & Costumes From Harper’s Bazaar 1867-1898 which is a book I’ve been referencing a lot for my current work in progress.

Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harper's Bazar 1867-1898

Again stepping away from my norm, instead of sharing the first line from this book, I am choosing to share the one which most intrigued me because it is the first line of a chapter entitled, “Bustles and Puffs 1867-1874”:

Sometimes fashions take their direction from practical needs.

Isn’t that a surprising start to such a chapter? I know I certainly never associated bustles or puffs with “practical needs.” So of course, I had to read on and discover why the author would choose to begin such a subject with a sentence such as this.

I am admittedly not a very fashion-minded person. I tend to try to choose things for myself which are more classic or timeless so that I don’t have to run out and purchase something new when my current wardrobe becomes embarrassingly outdated. Therefore learning all the ins and outs of the fashion terms and trends of the past is probably my most dreaded part of the historical research I must do. I admit, I would much rather read the diary of an oregon trail pioneer or even the history of a local historical building, than essays on the whys and wherefores of fashion history. BUT this book has made the task far less painful and even a bit enjoyable. Thus, bearing in mind that many of my fellow historical romance readers and writers differ greatly from me in their enjoyment of this topic, I present this book to you as a source of painless knowledge and possibly even entertainment. 😉

Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first (or your favorite) line!

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