I love style books, from a vintage Sophia Loren one to Vicky Beckham's "Hair, High Heels..." After reading so many I've come to realise the same items are listed by all as being classic stylish items. I used to dress according to what was in the shops at the time, and only realised recently what it means to have personal style. This I take to mean some core pieces and shapes that you know work for you, that you add to/take from as the seasons change and colours and patterns revolve in the neverending cycle of fashion. Buying less, and buying better quality where possible is more economical, it's better for the environment, better for the workers making the garments and ensures you stay true to a style that suits you.
I though I'd share this book with you, lent to me recently by my good friend Cat (watch out for a guest post from her coming soon!). Project Runway's Nina Garcia has compiled a book of her essential 100 stylish pieces. Some are obvious, some are surprising. Happily I own quite a few, gonna do a tally of my style percentage according to Nina. I've listed them here with my comments. Bear in mind when reading this that Nina is in her 40s and lives in a completely different climate, so you can't expect to match her on every point. A bit of fun in between my heavy parenting posts!
|Grandmother's brooch at top,lwr left from A-wear, lwr right from charity shop|