I’ve been reading Nina Garcia’s latest book called Look Book – What to Wear for Every Occasion. Nina is one of the judges on Project Runway and fashion director for Marie Claire magazine. This is her fourth book since 2007 and I am happy to say I am a proud owner of all of them. When I purchase the books, I read them from cover to cover and all over again and again. She’s such a wealth of classy style advice that I take every word she writes and then I wish I was Nina!
As with all her books she collaborates with Ruben Toledo in the oh-so-fabulous illustrations. The images just jump out at you and make you wish you could walk into your closet and pull out exactly the outfit Nina was talking about and Ruben so beautifully illustrated. Nina makes you wish you were her girlfriend and she called you up on a Saturday to go shopping. You know you’d come home with the most stylish clothes ever and ones that weren’t so trendy that they wouldn’t last for several seasons. One of her motto’s is “quality is better than quantity” and that is truly something I believe in. And I also agree with her that quality doesn’t have to mean big designer names either.
In her latest book she discusses every imaginable occasion and offers her suggestions as to what should be worn for such occasion. It starts out with what to wear for an interview, which is so very important in this economy of people job hunting. You want to shine above the others and she tells you exactly how you can do that. Some of the chapters are offering advice on what to wear while working at a fundraiser, your kid’s sporting events, what to wear when you go to your hair salon (which gave me a perspective I hadn’t even thought of) and countless other occasions.
Nina’s books are the girlfriend or sister you want to call up and say “What should I wear for…” and offer how to look the most stylish getting there.
I’ve given some of my friends that are fashion fanatics Nina’s books as gifts and they love them! Her other books are:
- The One Hundred – A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
- The Little Black Book of Style
- The Style Strategy – A Less-is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart