I’ve just finished reading Nina Garcia’s The Little Black Book of Style.
With advice like “throw out what you don’t wear and what doesn’t look good on you” which is pretty basic stuff (though what many find hard to determine for themselves) there is some good advice to follow. Her basic 10 pieces of advice contain some very useful tips. But her obsession with only wearing high heeled shoes, unless travelling on a plane, is unrealistic and also not great for your poor feet (though it will keep a heap of podiatrists in work).
The next chapters on Inspirations which details a bunch of movies that you might find some fashions of their time well represented is dull. Then there are the musical persona’s that you may wish to consider as ‘inspiration’ which I’m not keen on as it’s not about working out who you are, but following in others footsteps.
The chapter on What to Wear When is useful for understanding what is appropriate for different dress codes – which many find confusing today. But the chapter titled Insider Tips is lots of Q&A style tips from ‘celebrities’ who give their opinion on what they like, not either particularly inspiring or useful.
This book is the kind of book you could easily browse in the bookshop, read the “Basics” chapter and move along.
Have you read it? What did you think?