December 4, 2012 11:53 AM Subscribe
Book about style/clothing for a woman in her mid 20s wanting to look her age and put together a new wardrobe
posted by Ideal Impulse to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I want to buy this book for my sister-in-law. Let me say this is something she would be interested in; she's mentioned several times that she wants to change her wardrobe and has asked for my help/advice recently.
She's 26 years old, in grad school, and wants to start dressing more professionally. She's also starting to date after a long period of being single (and, before a recent date, even my husband, her brother--who normally doesn't have much of an opinion on clothing--was like "You are seriously not going to wear those jeans on a date, are you?").
She still owns a lot of clothing that she wore in high school, and the way she dresses tends to make her look a little younger. I think she has a couple of really nice pieces, but she has no idea how to wear them and put them with other items. In case it matters, she's fairly thin (size 6 or 8).
I'm looking for a book that addresses topics like creating your own style, and helps with generalities like "these styles of top look good with a pencil skirt; these styles of top look good with an a-line skirt."
I DON'T WANT prescriptive guides like "If you have big hips, you should wear this and this" or "All women need to own these ten items." Nor do I want a book that focuses on trends, brand names, or make-overs, or has a snarky tone. I'd rather have something that addresses general techniques and style. I'm okay with a book that addresses body issues or self-esteem as an element, but don't really want it to be the focus.
If the book had even passing mention of thrift store shopping, that would be cool, too.