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The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart Kindle Edition
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"This book is written to help propel you forward, into that place where style and shopping are one. Neither can thrive without the other pulling its proper weight. Effortlessly balancing the two is your mission."
From much-loved fashion maven and New York Times bestselling author Nina Garcia comes her most indispensable style primer yet--this one focused on looking timelessly chic, all while saving money!
Armed with Nina's no-fail The Style Strategy, fashionistas will not only discover a myriad of shopping alternatives sure to help them attain high-end looks at lower prices, but also learn how to maximize what they already have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Step by step, Nina helps readers honestly answer three key questions--What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?--before making purchases, so they can effectively eliminate any unnecessary spending.
This book also celebrates some of the most extraordinary women of the past, who remained admiringly fashion-forward during their own era's economic hardships.
Part of the growing classic collection from Nina Garcia, which already includes The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred, The Style Strategy is a must-have for this season and all seasons!
Nina Garcia on The Style Strategy
I am a working mother and a wife. I am a sister and a daughter. I am a student of fashion and a shopper of everything. Each experience in my life fuels what I do, who I am, and, more important, who I see myself evolving into as tomorrow dawns.
I have goals. For myself, for my son, for my family, and for the people who listen to what I have to say about fashion and style.
Every day I plan, I organize, I schedule, I strategize. And the most important thing I’ve learned is that while no amount of planning fully prepares one for life’s inevitable speed bumps, knowing that I’ve built a strong foundation enables me to negotiate such bumps with assurance. I must problem-solve at a moment’s notice. And sometimes even change course altogether in order to adapt to whatever circumstances are thrown in my path. I have to be quick. I must embrace spontaneity while always keeping my feet on the ground. I must have unwavering trust that I’m making the right decision. If I even begin to doubt myself, I crumble, and nothing gets done. Or rather, nothing gets done correctly.
It is with this goal in mind--of imparting my strategy for achieving this level of self-assurance and confidence, while also economizing--that I decided to write this book. As I look at the women around me--on television, in the news, and throughout the world--I realize that although different circumstances may rule each of our lives, we share the core elements of who we are. We’re survivalists. We’re nurturers. We’re women.
An essential aspect of being a woman is not only taking care of everyone around us, but also taking care of ourselves and each other. We figure out new ways to look and feel gorgeous. Sharing our not-so-secret tips with each other is probably the easiest, and definitely the most fun, way we care for ourselves. As women, it is in our nature to reach for perfection. And although perfection may not be 100 percent possible, getting close is. In fact, I see women getting closer to perfection every day.
I witness this striving toward an aesthetic ideal in the wonderful designs I handle as a fashion director. I see it in pristine garments, astute styling, and impeccable tailoring, among many other examples of the craftsmanship I’ve come to adore. But I also see perfection embodied in the women walking down my street. Fearless, creative, stylish women who inspire me.
But getting there is a process. It requires a strategy. Taking command of your style and staying chic is but one step in this process--an important one, mind you, but not the only one. Shopping smart and saving our hard-earned money is another very important step. And although it can be a challenge, being practical while honing your style can also be a damn good time. Trust me.
A Look Inside Style Strategy (Click on Images to Enlarge)
|Taking Stock of Your Wardrobe||On Shoes||The World Beyond Shoes|
About the Author
Fashion director at Marie Claire magazine, Nina Garcia is best known for her appearance as the unerring, formidable fashion judge on the hit show Project Runway. An elite authority in the industry, she has worked in fashion houses and in fashion media, from Marc Jacobs to Elle and Marie Claire. Originally from Colombia, she now makes her home in New York City.
Con su ojo experto para la moda, Nina García es conocida como la acertada y extraordinaria jueza de la moda en el exitoso programa Project Runway. Como una autoridad en la industria, ha trabajado en imperios y medios de la moda, con todos desde Marc Jacob hasta la revista Marie Claire. Nacida en Colombia, ahora vive en la ciudad de Nueva York.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 2621 KB
- Print Length : 194 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Illustrated Edition (August 18, 2009)
- Publication Date : August 18, 2009
- Word Wise : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B002LUHZ4G
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #339,506 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This is a well-written book. I like Ms. Garcia's lucid, breezy and engaging style of writing, and I enjoy Ruben Toledo's illustrations, which I think really add to her books. It's a great partnership. Ms. Garcia also references the other "Project Runway" alumni, Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano and Heidi Klum and Michael Kors. Clearly she enjoys what she does, and that comes across in her writing. She keeps her perspective fresh and new and vibrant, which makes her books worthwhile reading.
Good job, Nina Garcia!
1) Assess what you already have
2) Reminders on what you need
3) Suggestions on obtaining what you need.
Bottom line: you may not 'need' to buy everything you 'want'.
The ideas seem very familiar, but it was a nice fashion strategy refresher.
Ms. Garcia suggests that there are 'foundation' items. Basically, one needs to lay out all the clothes from her closet and see if they need to replenish the timeless foundation pieces and how to build from the foundation pieces.
Some people already may be familiar with the foundation pieces, among them: white shirt, LBD, denim, trousers, pumps, blazer, handbag. All the pieces should be well-made to last for years.
The fundamental argument of this book is to buy less, but buy good, well-made pieces because they are 'fashion investments'. While this is not an original idea, it is an important one, and I've become a more selective shopper since then.
Because the concepts are quite simple, I hoped that Ms. Garcia would provide more substance by elaborating her points. She explains her point clearly, but much of the book contained illustrations and fashion historical factoids. This is a book you can get through in a couple of hours.
Top reviews from other countries
Some useful tips some returning favourites revived. Enjoy the new you.
1. The cover and the illustrations. It would be accurate to say that the book itself is very stylish. The illustrations by Ruben Toledo are amazingly coloured and beautifully sketched.
2. The approach of the author towards fashion is smartly written in a lucid language.
3. The less is more approach explained in the book. The author's message is simple- to look stylish in everyday life you need to be organised. You have to plan your dresses and shop accordingly. Instead of breaking the bank, one needs to become an inventor and an investor to cultivate the sense of style.
Things I didn't like:
1. The book is very much American. Unless one mostly wears western dresses, this book is not very useful for an Indian reader.