A few weeks ago I was sent these cute little guide books on how to be a ‘chap’ and ‘chapette’. I love the idea of these books which don’t take themselves too seriously and are a little bit of fun for vintage enthusiasts. They are pocket-sized and fit nicely into a small handbag or jacket pocket and make perfect tube reading. They are quite short and would make an excellent gift for a lady or gentlemen in your life who like old-fashioned style and manners.
Everything is covered from hair styling, to fashion to etiquette in a fun easy to follow way. Think charm school for 2014. I love the cute illustrations and simple instructions. One of my favourite things was the recommendations of books and films that an aspiring chapette might enjoy. I also enjoyed the tips for throwing parties and meeting people.
I adore the idea of old-fashioned manners and I think these little guides get it spot on, being friendly and polite are not just ideas from the past and it would be lovely if more people remembered to use them!
The books feature lot’s of fabulous quotes from icons of yesteryear including George Barnard Shaw and Sophia Loren as well as including little profiles on iconic stars from bygone eras.
Although these guides are fun and slightly tongue in cheek I really loved the ideas in them and found some of them quite relevant today. Vintage loving guys and girls are sure to love these sweet little books and I will definitely be getting a few copies as stocking fillers for my friends this Christmas.
The guides are written by Daisy Loveday and Dickie Archer
The guides are published by Summersdale at £5.99
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How to Be a…Chapette: A Nifty Guide for First-Rate Ladies