Thursday, November 05, 2015

Cheap Chic: A Fashion Post

Isn't that the perfect balance? I know it's what I strive for. I treat shopping like a treasure hunt, I'm usually heading out with a general idea of what I want to find and then let my eyes wander until I land on something perfect.

The best shopping adventures are the ones that happen when you least expect them—for instance, I went to an Expo with my sister and our husbands and while the guys were off looking at guy stuff, we were thrilled to find things we had no idea we would find—jewelry and second-hand clothes and cowboy boots. We both left with treasures (I snagged pair of perfectly worn cowboy boots, jewelry and a heart full from hearing stories of the sellers).

Recently, I joined Blogging for Books, a site where bloggers who love books can select a book in exchange for an honest review. My first choice was the extremely funky looking 40th Anniversary Edition of Cheap Chic, which boasts "hundreds of money saving hints to create your own great look," by Caterine Milinaire and Carol Troy. This anniversary edition features a foreward by my personal favorite fashion maven, Tim Gunn.

And while the photos are sometimes shockingly dated, the advice is solid. My takeaway:
  1. Create your base layer from pieces that are classic and timeless.
  2. Add pieces with personality and flair.
  3. Accessorize smartly but simply.
  4. Use pieces in new ways.
  5. Remember that "style is about 5% investment and 95% illusion."
I love a style guide that leads me to look at something familiar in a new way, and this book will bring me to my closet with a new eye for creating my own personal style. When the book was originally released, thrift store finds were hot, and the section on shopping thrift stores offers great tips for finding a treasure of your own.

One of the best features of this book are the personal essays about style and fashion. Ingeborg Day, a Manhattan office worker talks about "cost per wear"—an important consideration when deciding whether to splurge on an item—and a young designer by the name of Betsey Johnson discusses her design aesthetic, which was so fun to read.

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are not for sale, and all opinions included in this post are my own.

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