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Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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"Classic Style is so much more than a book about personal style choices and classic wardrobe recommendations. It inspires readers to remove the clutter and embrace the joy of simplicity."
―The Associated Press
"[Classic Style] is a very relatable book, filled with gorgeous illustrations and plenty of pithy narrative. There are hilarious passages, nostalgic remembrances, and tips readers can use to shape their personal style. . . . Above all, the book is meant to stress [Kate's] belief in the importance of being yourself and of finding what you love."
"Classic Style should be required reading for fashion designers, stylists and those who care to learn more about their own sense of style. Not since The Preppy Handbook has a book served as a how to guide for the classic elements of style."―Huffpost
"Kate's paintings are proud badges we wear, or drive, or stir a drink with. Simple items that define us, tell our stories, and communicate our values."
"Kate Schelter has evolved into an expert on lifestyle and fashion. I am so happy for her latest book of wonderful, whimsical watercolors."
"This book belongs in every hotel nightstand--it's my new bible."
About the Author
Kate Schelter is an artist, illustrator, creative director, stylist, and owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name. Kate paints commercial work for Vanity Fair, TOMS, One Kings Lane, Bonpoint, GRAFF, Romy & the Bunnies, BVLGARI, Victoria's Secret, Architectural Digest, and Toyota, as well as private commissions. She holds a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and their European Honors Program in Rome and lives and works in New York City and Cape Cod, MA.
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When I was a young girl, my mother took me to the original Vans store on Van Nuys Boulevard in North Hollywood, where I was fitted for a pair of Vans made with fabric that matched a shorts and top outfit that I owned. It was quite the look! This was long before Vans became the ubiquitous brand that they now are. Shall I write a book about my life because of that experience? Shall I fill pages with reminiscences of Bonne Bell and Love's Baby Soft? I think not, as it would be self-centered, self-indulgent, and dull, and no one would learn anything the least bit life-changing.
We learn nothing new here, there are no insights to be had ... but there is a lot of "be like me, I'm so great" narrative. You're better off chuckling over the pages of an old copy of "The Official Preppy Handbook" which actually has some nuggets of value scattered amongst the dry and clever quips.
If you are looking for true inspiration, why not google images of Ralph Lauren clothing from the 1980s. It's free to do, and you will notice that those were classic, beautiful garments that retain a timeless quality. Yes, I refer to a "brand," but the composition and quality were fantastic. (Please note, no apostrophe is needed in 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, etc.)