Guest Editor, Keryn O’Donnell
The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart\’ â€“ Nina Garcia
With two previous bestsellers under her belt, Marie Claire editor, Project Runway judge, and author Nina Garcia has set out to spread her fashion wisdom and knowledge to the masses with the thought of being a savvy shopper. With terms like â€˜global financial crisis\’, â€˜redundancy\’, â€˜receivership\’ and other such nasties becoming apart of common, every-day vocabulary, the ability to justify purchasing the Prada purses and Jimmy Choo shoes of the fashion world has suddenly become a lot harder. One is left wondering where to turn to next, how to build a beautiful wardrobe on a minimal budget, when can we justify that slightly extravagant expense? Enter â€˜The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart\’.
â€˜The Style Strategy\’ offers affordable alternatives for even the most penniless princess in her quest for a wardrobe that always looks fabulous. It teaches how to maximise your existing closet to all its glory, create magic with what you\’ve got, and spend your hard-earned dollars on pieces that will last a lifetime.
Garcia also teaches us to ask ourselves the hard questions as we roam the department stores in search of our next must-have purchase â€“ â€˜What do I have?\’ â€˜What do I need?\’ and â€˜What do I want?\’ â€“ all of which must be asked before the credit card comes out for what possibly (or probably) would be an unnecessary expense.
It\’s not all gloom and doom, with its gorgeous glossy cover, fabulous fonts, beautiful illustrations (thanks to the talented Ruben Toldeo) and helpful information, â€˜The Style Strategy\’ does provide its readers with plenty of fashion fixes. And while there is a bit of regurgitation of previous lessons learnt in â€˜The One Hundred\’ and â€˜The Little Black Book of Style\’ (see â€“ LBD, the classic white shirt, the classic trench), all of which are now common sense to 90% of the female population, â€˜The Style Strategy\’ still spits out some new lessons to take us through the ages. Suddenly we understand the importance of finding a really good tailor, we know how to properly wash and care for the most delicate fabrics, and above all we know how to invest in quality as opposed to quantity.
A fabulous coffee table book to reach for when in need of some fashion inspiration, or the missing sister to â€˜The One Hunderd\’ and â€˜The Little Black Book of Style\’ on your bookshelf, â€˜The Style Strategy\’ is low-cost purchase which will be guaranteed to result in many valuable long-term investments. Sometimes you have to spend a little to save a lot&
Available now: HarperCollins RRP$29.99