The Style Strategy is a small, yet elegant, fashion help book designed to give some direction and organization on one’s wardrobe. Nina Garcia, infamously famed Project Runway judge, writes her strategy on selecting personal style without breaking the bank (well, not too much). The above picture is Ms. Garcia, Jennifer Aniston look-a-like and all, in one of her many, solidly-chic plain sheath dresses.
On PR the show portrays her as an un-reachable, devil-ish figure with lavish and exquisite taste. And while this may be true of the runway judge, Nina relates to the fashionably-challenged public in a short and witty manner commentating on fashion 101 throughout the ages. (For some reason I noticed lots of Civil War/ WWI/ WWII mentionables in there lol).
But I found myself pushing through fashion rules that I already knew prior to being a fashion student, because her interpretation on dressing well this day and age was refreshing. She wants to bring out the best and brightest, most creative, YOU! Instead of dictating what to wear to various occasions, she states updated ways on how to transform the classics…much like she does living in the dog eat dog world of Manhattan.
The book is well orgaized planning out three distinct sections:
I. What you have
II. What you need
III. What you want
Each chapter is broken down into further detail of course and there was never a dull moment. Between the high fashion illustrations by Ruben Toledo and inserts from Tim Gunn I found myself turning pages, eager to finish the book. Now, I’m not saying this is the best fashion masterpiece but for $3.99 at TJMaxx you can’t get a better deal on styling tips than that. The glossary provides listings of the best vintage shops in major metropolitan cities and websites worth perusing your fashionable buck! From one bargain shopper to another, I’d say that’s money well spent on an investment coffee table book.
“When you are surrounded by what makes you happy your creativity is heightened” -Unknown