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Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion Hardcover – August 10, 2010

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About the Author

Nina Garcia is the fashion director of Marie Claire, a star judge of the hit Lifetime reality series Project Runway, the author of three bestselling books on style, and serves as Target's 2010 Style Expert. Prior to her work with Marie Claire, she worked as Fashion Director at Elle, and prior to that held positions at both Mirabella and Perry Ellis. Garcia is relied upon as a fashion authority and has participated in numerous television interviews, most recently appearing on The View and The Today Show, among others.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341473
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nina Garcia is the fashion director of Marie Claire, a star judge of the hit Lifetime reality series Project Runway, the author of three bestselling books on style, and serves as Target's 2010 Style Expert. Prior to her work with Marie Claire, she worked as Fashion Director at Elle, and prior to that held positions at both Mirabella and Perry Ellis. Garcia is relied upon as a fashion authority and has participated in numerous television interviews, most recently appearing on The View and The Today Show, among others.

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Format: Hardcover
The premise of this book, which is explained within the first few pages, is that there are ceratin "rules" about what to wear when, but that you can break those rules. So what's the point of the book then? The result is an overload of suggestions that go something like this: "What should you wear to a baby shower? You can wear anything you want! What should you wear to a graduation? You can wear anything you want!" I wanted a book that was much more direct in its inspiration and guidance. Sure, I understand that fashion rules are "meant to be broken" - but why not just say that as a kind of disclaimer at the beginning, and then actually teach those rules? That's the type of book I thought I was getting.

The illustrations are cute and nice, but I think out of place in this book. The outfit illustrations in each section were far more helpful than Ms. Garcia's blabbing about wearing whatever you want "as long as you have confidence!!!!!!!!!!" But, because they were illustrations, they seemed a little too fanciful for real life. The illustration for Memorial Day shows bright tomato-red pants with a fuschia shirt and silver tassled belt; it makes for a cute illustration, but if you're not a cartoon it seems a little iffy. I would have preferred artful photographs of example pieces, akin to the InStyle style guide books.

All that being said, I still bought the book. It's entertaining and fun, kind of alike a giant fashion magazine. Don't expect anything life-changing though.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a fun concept for a style book and I actually like that it is text-heavy, as Nina Garcia has such a nice writing voice. Outfit pictures rather than illustrations would certainly be appreciated, though they would also probably make the book date faster. When I saw that Nina Garcia was coming out with her fourth book in two years (I think?) I thought it would be pretty much filler, but I was pleasantly surprised. It does get a little repetitive, but it's a fun read with an inspiring can-do spirit.
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Format: Hardcover
Everybody eats an Oreo cookie differently. Nina Garcia's Look Book was my Oreo cookie. I simply couldn't devour it as a boring page-by-page turner. That would be a sin. I had to flip through the pictures upon first glance, then quickly grab a glass of wine and read all the "Rule Breakers We Love" blurbs back-to-back, giggling and relishing each one individually. THEN, to give you an idea of how slowly and thoroughly I enjoy my Oreo cookies, I took stickies and tag every page that I knew I would need to refer to on a regular basis for quick and insightful fashion and attitude pick-me-ups. My God, Nina even dedicated whole a chapter on what to wear when meeting your boyfriend's ex! She left no stone un-turned. In fact, last month after practicing from 6am to 7am for a huge company presentation, I finished my preparation with a quick read of the "Showtime Chic" chapter on "What to Wear to an Important Meeting or Presentation." The words strength, sophisticated, and confidence all from the chapter became programmed in my head, and of course the tip to whip out my power suit set me in the right mood. What a clever read full of fun, wit, insight, and delicious illustrations all wrapped up in brilliant fashion advice book. My recommendation to readers, enjoy the book like you would your favorite dessert.
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Some books about fashion are great resources for new ideas and advice that help the reader put their own personal look together. This is a rehash of ideas that you could read in any copy of Vogue or Harper's over the past twenty-five years. It's a pedestrian read without even great fashion photos. The drawing are twee and unhelpful. If you love Nina Garcia, maybe you'll like it. Otherwise, don't bother.
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Format: Hardcover
The peanut butter and jelly that is Nina Garcia and Ruben Toledo have collaborated again on another book about style. The illustrations as usual are bright and fun, but this latest collaboration left something to be desired. It felt like the third Godfather or the fourth Indiana Jones were you are shaking your head thinking, "Maybe they should have quit while they were ahead."

Whoa! I had to jump to the side just in case the fashion gods decided to strike me down for that last statement. I love all things Nina Garcia, you can read my other idolatrized reviews on her books.

I like the idea of this book, but I don't think it landed it where they were aiming. I would highly recommend her other books, especially The One Hundred.

The book did not contain any takeaways for me or provide any resources. The best part of this book was in the acknowledgments on page 318.

Be comfortable
Be confident
Proper fit is vital
Wear it like you mean it.

However if she writes another book, I will still read it. She will always be my niña.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! It's informative (for those of us are not fashion maven's - and believe me - I'm not alone) and is set up like a quick reference book. While some reviewers think the advice is obvious - there are many of us who have better things to do with our lives than read fashion magazines and shop every weekend for the perfect ensemble. If anything, this book has helped boost my confidence - and given me quick and easy fixes to look more chic than I usually do!
Even the illustrations are helpful (not to mention just plain fabulous).
I also loved that this book lacks all pretense (which many fashion 'how-to's' tend to be coated in) and is filled with humor and just plain old good advice. Thumbs up to Nina for a creative, fun-filled, gorgeous little book that's both relevant and relatable to the non-fashionista's out there...i.e. me.
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