3 Country Style Tips by Farm Girl Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) All Creatures Great & Small

Welcome to my Country Living Home & Fashion Blog. My name is Barbie and I encourage women in homemaking and feminine style.

Here is another Country Fashion analysis of mine from Masterpiece Theatre production All Creatures Great & Small. Helen Alderson played by the lovely Rachel Shenton, shows us a glimpse inside a real farm girl’s wardrobe of 1937.

Season 1, episode 2, we see Helen out for a walk wearing a dress. It is a brief scene in which she is seen meandering along a pathway near a waterfall wearing a towel around her neck. To dab the sweat away on an exercise walk? On her way to the swimming hole? There is no basket to indicate she is going to the market. What is there to learn from this?

1) Wear feminine dresses. When she isn’t actively mucking out a stall she is often seen wearing a feminine dress even when not potentially being seen by others. There is no evidence she is going to town but there is evidence she is simply on a walk in the warm summer air. She chooses a summer dress to fit the occasion. Dressing for the day has nothing to do with being seen by towns people. She is just simply dressed well for the day. Yellow and pink floral print match the happy weather and give her a needed break from the drudgery of work clothes. When farm women can, we should put on a pretty dress to distinguish between doing the dirty work and having moments of relaxation or other tasks. We change the occasion by changing our clothes.

2) Belt your dresses. Belt your dresses even the slim straight cut dresses like this one. A bit of cinching in enhances the feminine silhouette and even makes a potentially plain frock into a well fitted and styled outfit. In the 1930s, matching belts to the fabric of the dress were popular as you see here. Any kind of belt is a good choice rather than no belt.

3) Wear comfortable shoes with dresses. You don’t have to wear heels with dresses. Helen is wearing a pair of oxfords to walk comfortably on the rocky uneven ground which is what we have out in the country. We can wear sandals, boots, or anything else more sturdy and flat and still look stylish. Whatever you do, do not wear bulky gym sneakers with dresses or skirts. We have better options than that awkward combination.

Style is not just for those who never get dirty. Style is a change of mood, a way to mark the occasion at hand, an appreciation for the day we have and a communication of something lovely. Whether being seen by others or not, there is the potential to see somebody and it never hurts to look our best!

More soon on country living and fashion!

"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things." Philippians 4:8

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