The Style Strategy

The Style Strategy

A Less-is-more Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart

Book - 2009
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Shows women how to stay stylish and chic while saving money, explaining how to maximize what one has through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices.
Publisher: New York : It Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061834011
0061834017
Branch Call Number: 646.34 G165s 2009
Characteristics: xxiv, 166 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm

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nerowolfgal
Oct 19, 2017

As other commentators said, some good advice in the book, but I found it really annoying. She assumes "Of course!" you are very slim. When she is busy telling you to hunt out "sample sales" from fashion houses as GREAT places to buy clothes, she omits to mention that fashion samples are sized 0 to 2 (american sizes). When she is encouraging you to find wonderful vintage fashions, she never says to remember most vintage clothes were made at time when the average woman was assumed by clothing designers to be 5 ft 5 inches in height and a 110 pounds in weight. Modern, taller women can wear vintage but must still be thin as it is very difficult to alter older clothes. Nina comes from the fashion world but does not seem to realize there are woman who love clothes outside the limits and expectations of the New York fashion industry. Also the book seems to be written for people who find fashion magazines heavy reading material. Lots, and lots of white space, lots of cute pictures. and VERY little text.

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savvyreader1
Jun 10, 2013

I found this book to be quite inspiring in that the author emphasizes that quality not quantity is the key to dressing well. She goes so far as to suggest other pleasurable activities when the retail therapy bug is tempting one to go shopping. She suggests which clothing items to pay more for, and what to skimp on. You don't need a huge budget to dress well. Many tips on stores to look for and internet sights for different things we might not see here.

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LKozun
Aug 16, 2010

The content of this book does indeed belong in a magazine, and not between hard covers. Nina makes frequent reference to the economic conditions of the times in which she wrote it, which I’m sure will make the whole work seem stale in just a few years. And she’s filled it with a lot of fluff. Yes, play favourite music while closet purging, but yeesh, I don’t want to read Nina’s iPod playlist.
On the positive side, I do support Nina’s position when she doles out economic, ecological and even social advice. Good to read if one just needs to reinforce one’s own practices, (wise shopping choices and some common sense), but don’t buy this book; thumb through it in the aisle at the book store or borrow it from the library.

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Sararush
Jun 23, 2010

While The Style Strategy contains no earth shattering advice for women on a budget (invest in classics, skimp on trends, work with what you already have, etc...), I can't describe how nice it is to hear Nina Garcia advocating questioning expensive impulse items and plugging Target. Though I have no doubt that Garcia may never had to economize the way some of us do, it is evident that she really thought out her advice to the rest of us. If you already own Garcia's other two books, is is definitely a retread of the same concepts, but the stylish illustrations by Ruben Toledo are always a treat.

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taiter
Jan 28, 2010

This book was easy to read, but didn't really contain any new ideas about fashion or style. It seemed like I was reading an extended magazine article.

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