Image and Style Books – The Triumph of Individual Style by Carla Mathis
The other day I did a review of The Little Black Book of Style – which I wan’t hugely impressed with. I was asked what books I did think were worth the money, I’ve already done a review of Christopher Hopkins Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45 which I think has some good and practical information, and amazing makeover pictures. Though my all time favourite has to be Carla Mathis’ The Triumph of Individual Style : A Guide to Dressing Your Body, Your Beauty, Your Self.
This book may be old, the illustrations of clothing may be dated, but the concepts are brilliant. Each time I read this book I get something new from it. It’s dense, and needs to be digested in small bites as there is just so much in it, but it contains gold.
Carla’s Balance Point concept really spoke to me as it was something I’d discovered by accident when working in a jewellery store (we used to try on the jewellery when it was quiet), and I knew that different lengths of necklaces did or didn’t seem to work, in this book she explains the why – and as you’re all aware by now I’m a lover of understanding the why and the how.
Her information on Body Proportions
and the Golden Mean ratio are also fabulous.
Her explanation of colour though is less clear than some – which is it’s only downfall, but all the style information is brilliant and useful. I just wish it could be updated to look more current so that it appeals to a wider audience.
For me, if you only had one book on how to dress your body, this would be it (but of course for me, one is not enough!).
What it doesn’t delve into is who you are as a person which is a huge part of the work I do with my clients and 7 Steps to Style
members as to me, personality is the crux of what you wear and your style.
Have you read it? What did you think?