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Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You Paperback – Bargain Price, April 14, 2009
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Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
--Diane von Fürstenberg
"Simon Doonan is a modern Noel Coward with a dash of Auntie Mame and Liberace thrown in for good measure!"
--Michael Kors, Project Runway
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nut.I talk to the cats I meet on my morning walk,
I still play records on a record player,and I find
it much easier to shop in thrift stores vs. regular
retail.I still gravitate towards the same kind of
pieces I went for in my younger days.I usually wear an
effortless "uniform" of a black blazer jacket,black jeans or pants,
Black t-shirts or sweaters, & Converse lowtops.( I do a lot of walking, I need comfy shoes.)
I love this book because it's not the usual bourgeois style guide.
It's given me the guts to be okay with myself, goofy quirks & all.
I'm "a dyed in the wool Existentialist".I like to get a lot of value for what I spend on clothing
so I'm not into overly expensive clothes.I only own two purses-one black, one brown, bought at
The Thrift.I'm "50 plus" I gave up on being "sophisticated" years ago.I'm into accepting myself as
"immature" as I'll always be and will eternally stay. :)
If you do own this book hang onto it and refer back to it from time to time, especially
in times your self esteem takes a bit of a knock.There will always be people
out there who can't quite grasp the concept of "just being yourself", they can't leave well
enough alone, and they are just itching to get at you and tear you into little bits. Don't listen
to them. If you can stay true to "yourself" you are on the right track.
Just follow your own path and be the interesting, quirky person you were
meant to be,and always keep "a young spirit" no matter what!
Okay, some of the advice you shouldn't take. Ignore the permission to wear "a gold leotard with your lesbian aunt Sylvia's mauve nylon fanny pack." Unless you live in NYC, people will talk about you and not in a good way. At least they will if you live in Southwest Michigan.
Still, Doonan is hilarious. I laughed out loud several times and that's not normally true of fashion books. Okay, not true of any books, but most fashion books take themselves so seriously.
Interspersed with stories and interviews with Glamorous Eccentrics is bits of advice, some of which I might actually take. For example: I collect handbags, totebags, etc as I'm always in search of the perfect bag. Doonan thinks that a woman - at least a Glamour Eccentric, one of which I think I am not, should only have one great bag that she takes everywhere. He encourages a person to buy the Hermes Birkin bag they are coveting. That is advice I might take! Of course, chances are good I'll buy a knock off first and see if I really like that style, etc before I save up TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS to buy one of the damned things. Still, I covet that bag.
Doonan is kind to his reader. He reminds the reader that you are a work in progress and to be patient with oneself.
An example of the things that made me laugh:
These are some of the things that made me laugh: (they are all direct quotes from the book.)
* I am pro-pot dealer: the arrival of a mysterious and attractive criminal adds a memorable frisson of excitement to any occasion.Read more ›
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Although I am not sure everyone fits in Simon Doonan's 3 categories of fashion sense (Gypsy, Existentialist and Socialite), it doesn't matter. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Liz Lynch
Just about finished with the book and it has been delightful! Great writing style, totally relatable and it makes me feel better about myself! Can't beat that!Published 5 months ago by Colleen Smith
I read this book some time ago and thoroughly loved it. You know it's going to be good when the table of contents has you in stitches.Published 8 months ago by Wicked Madrugada
I was looking for a how to / guide to developing your own eccentric style much in the same thread of Ines de la Fressange's book "Parisian Chic: A Style Guide"... this was not it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by glb
Simon Doonan is very witty, original and likeable. Warning don't read this is public because it is laugh out loud funny! Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by inlovewithart
Very good book. It was fun, inspirational and interesting perspective. Lot's of different bits of information. Glad I bought it.Published on October 7, 2013 by M. H.