Finding your personal style
Personal style seems elusive and intangible when observing so-called “trend-setters” parading around in outfits that resemble garbage bags and other absurd objects.
I’ve learned that defining your personal style is an arduous process of throwing together pieces constructed of various fabrics in thousands of shades that, to the untrained eye, we’re unable to differentiate. Throw in a dash of proportion and an incredibly unrealistic amount of self-confidence, and poof, you’ve defined your personal style.
For the New Year, you may want to finally find your personal style and the security with who you are that comes with it. “Harper’s Bazaar Fashion: Your Guide to Personal Style” speaks about the meaning of fashion while trying to apply these lessons to real life situations, ranging from what to wear to work, to the airport, and brief makeup tips. The writing is very concise so if you are the type of person that needs specific instructions on what to wear, the advice may not suffice.
There aren’t many concrete guidelines to defining style in this book. Rather, there are more ideas juxtaposed to photos illustrating styles from “Classic Chic” to “Maverick Elegance”, and tid-bit bios from icons like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Sarah Jessica Parker. Quotes and fashion sketches throughout the book connect the reader to big-name designers so common folk can see what creative currents run through trendsetting creations and the ornately ridiculous outfits that end up in Gilt sales.
Speaking of which, the book is au courant, citing style icons as Rihanna and Victoria Beckham. It also includes that personal style can be found at stores that produce knock-offs, like Zara, H&M, as well as the growing popularity of flash sales like Gilt, and Ideeli. Another concrete example of style essentials is two pages outlining the “essential” building blocks that should be in every woman’s wardrobe for each season.
Overall, the physical pleasure of reading this book outweighs the usefulness of its content. The pages are thick and glossy, and the gilded book cover looks darling peeking out of your pocketbook.
My advice is to buy this book, read it, and give it as a cute gift for someone interested in fashion or one who is looking to reinvent herself and her wardrobe. Or keep it as a magazine-type pick-me-up in your book collection; the gold cover sure is purdy.