Saturday, June 23, 2007

Read a Book, Blow the Rent

Read a book....

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style
By Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney

If you watch Project Runway you are probably familiar with Tim Gunn. As the "den mother" for the PR contestants, he's known for giving sage design advice and telling the contestants to "Make it work." As you would expect from Tim Gunn, his book is full of good style guidance for those who feel a little confused or lost by the world of fashion. The book is well written and offers solutions on how to prune your closet, what to wear to compliment your body type and the essentials for every woman's wardrobe. Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style even has a glossary of clothing design words that the average consumer might not be familiar with and some good movies and other books to read for fashion inspiration.

My one problem with this book (and all style books for that matter) is the inherent paradox in the advice. Like any book that gives its audience advice on how to dress, it tells the reader to know themselves and find their own personal style... Unless that style is completely appalling, in which case, conform to what the rest of us are wearing. This is always where I think these books fall short. But otherwise, I would highly recommend this quick and engaging read.

Blow the rent....
In his book, Tim Gunn advises that ballet flats are ideal for chic women seeking comfortable footwear or a pair of shoes they can tuck into a purse to wear when their high heels have become unbearable. These Pedro Garcia ruffled flats are an elegant alternative to a pair of sneakers or worse yet, Crocs.

Pedro Garcia Albany Ruffle Ballet Flat $336