Hello to all my CoziNest followers. I am back from Italy and while I had an absolute blast, I have missed each and every one of my readers. There will be lots of posts to follow about Italy, a few about Italian fashion and things I’ve learned from my travels, but for today; I’m sharing some of my favorite books about fashion. I’ve mentioned some of them in the past, but there are a few new ones as well.
The first book I ever read about fashion was by Linda Dano. It was in her book that I first read about body shapes and how to dress a petite. As a 5’3″ 36-year old, I learned that I should wear straight leg pants, monochromatic outfits and heels to help me appear taller.
I read this in the 90’s and another thing I remember is that my body shape and size doesn’t fit with tweed, plaid or large patterns. I’ve not worn any of those fabrics since…with the exception of a tweed cape I wear in the winter. However, the collar on the cape is perfect for me since it draws the eye away from problem areas, so I’ve told myself that it’s ok.
The next book has become a coffee table staple that I pick up from time to time as a refresher. French Chic: How to Dress Like a Frenchwoman by Susan Sommers, is the book that helps me keep things simple.
Susan has a list of essential garments for every wardrobe that is a great place to start. It includes seven pieces of clothing, one of which I still hope to own someday. Can you guess which one?
- A black straight skirt
- a V-neck or cardigan sweater
- a suit
- a pair of jeans
- a silk shirt
- a couple of white tee-shirts
- an Hermes scarf
The next book is Harper’s Bazaar Fabulous at Every Age.
In chapter 2 of this book, “Smart Shopping” I discovered the industry’s best kept secrets about shopping with intent and a budget. Knowing yourself, your closet and your budget is key to smart shopping. As I used the tips in this book along with Linda Dano and Susan Sommers tips, I’ve found shopping easier. I’m not as impulsive, but much more intentional. Shopping with a list for groceries is expected, I’ve found lists for clothing, accessories and shoes works just as well. I’ve also begun shopping by season. I’ve purchased everything I need for spring and summer and won’t be shopping again until August or September for my Fall wardrobe. I made one purchase for Fall while in Italy that I’ll be sharing soon. It’s one of those things that every wardrobe needs and buying Italian was the best choice of all. I will wear it FOREVER.
And last, but not least is a recent gift called Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset. One chapter in particular spoke to me from this book. “Making Cheap Look Classy” tells how to mix high end with mass produced cheaper clothing. I’ve read in other books and it was re-emphasized in these pages that there are places to skimp and places not to, with shoes being at the top of the list. If we purchase really good shoes, a nice handbag and designer glasses/sunglasses, the rest can be a mix of high end and Target – if you will.
And now, I must intentionally say TGIF. I’m so glad to be back with you and writing about one of my many loves once again. Thank you so much for reading and have a fabulous Friday.