Fashion by the Book

ninagarcia_lNina Garcia – fashion director of Marie Claire magazine, Target’s 2010 Style Expert and judge of the hit Lifetime reality series Project Runway – has authored a new book. She already penned 3 bestselling books on style. Her new “Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion” is an extremely comprehensive list of real life situations with detailed information on how to dress for each occasion. I was surprised by how all-encompassing the subject matter was – What to wear to meet your new boyfriend’s friends, what to wear to a child’s soccer game, what to wear to your daughter’s wedding, What to wear to a broadway play… the list goes on and on. And even if you aren’t heading to a Broadway show anytime soon, you can easily translate the chapter to help you decide what to wear to your local theatre or orchestra.

Every woman has stood in front of her closet full of favorites and wailed “What should I wear?” In Nina Garcia’s Look Book, style guru Nina Garcia divulges her fashion knowledge and adds a bit of common sense. She describes the clothes, accessories, and strategies used to create personalized and situation appropriate looks. True style is not about having a closet full of expensive and beautiful things—it is instead about knowing when, where, and how to utilize your collection. With Nina by your side, you can’t go wrong.

I, of course, noted the chapter missing about underwear. Hey Nina, I’ll collaborate with you! What to wear under your wedding dress, what to wear under white pants, how to make a swimsuit weak on support actually swimable, what to wear in the bedroom with a new beau… my list can probably go on and on as long as hers!

The drawings (paintings?) through the book are beautiful. Ruben Toledo is a painter, sculptor, and illustrator. His artwork has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times, among many other publications. His well placed artwork and the overall pretty but clean layout of the book make this quite an eye pleaser. Now, you can’t just flip through the book and look at pictures to get ideas of how to throw outfits together. The drawings are a bit too Vogue for that. You will need to do some actual reading.

Luckily Nina Garcia’s Look Book
goes beyond simply listing staples you might have in your wardrobe and suggesting how to wear them. It offers real life advice for situations – beyond the clothes. Like “Meeting the new boyfriend’s posse DON’TS” or “Setting the mood for a cocktail party”. Here are some examples:

  • Match your lipstick to your nail polish for a cocktail party. And definitely make sure the polish isn’t chipped.
  • Don’t sit near the stage at a comedy club if you’re shy. Comedians can smell a reluctant victim a mile away.
  • Mix potato chips, blue corn chips and sweet potato chips for a Red, White and Blue effect at a 4th of July party.
  • There are 65+ looks in the book and tons of quotes and information throughout. And I love that she added “What to wear when volunteering.” Now you can go from the office, to an animal shelter, and out to dinner with your future inlaws — and always stay in Style!

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    1. jan says:

      Valentines day is my favorite holiday because my husband always buys me a set of lingerie and a ton of accessories to go with it.

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