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The One Hundred: A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

by Nina Garcia
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Product Details

  • Publisher: It Books
  • Publishing date: 01/08/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780061664632
  • ISBN: 0061664634


"Simply put, these items make me feel classic. And there is no substitute for feeling this way. Ever."

In the wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style, fashion authority Nina Garcia showed women how to think about personal style in an entirely new way. Encouraging readers to creatively assert their style identities, Nina showed women of all ages how to hone and self-edit a distinct fashion voice.

With her style philosophy firmly out in the world, Nina decided to address the most popular question readers consistently ask her: Exactly what are fashion's timeless pieces?

The One Hundred answers this question and provides women with a tangible style map to follow when planning a shopping trip and stocking one's closet. With illustrations from world-renowned fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo, The One Hundred contains the 100 items that Nina believes will never go out of style, and that have become absolutely indispensible for any woman reaching for her own eternal fashion look.

About the Author

With her signature eye for style, Nina Garcia is best known for her appearance as the unerring, formidable fashion judge on the hit show Project Runway. An elite authority in the industry, she has worked in fashion houses and in fashion media, with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Elle magazine and Marie Claire. Originally from Colombia, she now makes her home in New York City.

Nina Garc?a es m?s conocida por su presentaci?n como la acertada y extraordinaria jueza de la moda en el exitoso programa de Bravo Project Runway. Nacida en Colombia, es también la directora de moda de Elle, una de las principales revistas de la moda del mundo.

A Look Inside The One Hundred (Click on Images to Enlarge)

Animal Prints The Pencil Skirt The Tuxedo Jacket

Questions for Nina Garcia For someone who spends all day around beautiful clothes, it must have been hard to choose just one hundred items--how did you decide on the pieces included in your book?

Nina Garcia: Yes, editing down to one hundred was a tremendous challenge. I also made a point of keeping in mind all the different personalities and fashion moods inherent in a stylish woman. The list is based on classic items that have been around for many years and will continue to be relevant for many years to come. Knowing something about these items are key to a woman’s closet. What would you say to the many women who feel that shopping for clothes is a bit overwhelming, considering how many places there are to shop and, perhaps even more difficult, budgets to maintain. How does a woman begin to build the dream wardrobe you've laid out in your book?

Garcia: A good way to begin the process is by being self aware of just what your own style truly is. Turning inward and identifying what one really likes and dislikes, exploring one’s inner fashion voice, and ultimately feeling inspired and building on your self esteem are base blocks for cultivating personal style; all topics I touched upon in my first book, The Little Black Book of Style. Some women might feel that 100 items seems like a big number to tackle--could you name, say, five pieces that women should start off with?

Garcia: The DNA of a wardrobe and perhaps the all time best items are:

  • The White Shirt: Endlessly versatile, it can from the weekend to the boardroom to the red carpet. When worn correctly, the white shirt can assume so many different roles.
  • The Little Black Dress: Reliably chic, the LBD can go from classic to dangerously sexy.
  • Stiletto Heels: One of our most powerful feminine weapons of seduction are Stilettos. No need at all to go into what the potential here is.
  • Jeans: One of the most personal items in your closet, always practical, comfortable and carefree. Truly American.
  • Great Jewelry: Real or fake, big or small, jewelry adds a 'personal touch' and can instantly transform an outfit. In your book, you say it's definitely ok to purchase basic pieces from discount chains. Any tips for acquiring high end luxury items if you're a shopper on a budget? Or are luxury/designer items even necessary in a woman's wardrobe?

Garcia: The point is to shop for high value in items that will endure for many years, items that will never lose their relevance. Try not to focus on price and name brands. A truly stylish woman makes smart decision based on good taste, and the ability for an item to endure. How has your experience as a judge on Project Runway shaped your outlook on fashion?

Garcia: Being on the show has given me even more passion to support the young design talent that dots America. Also, it helps us all consider genius of the creative process. These young designers are the future of our industry, and having a forum from which they can develop their talent for all to see and appreciates is an amazing thing to be a part of.

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  • A Wealth of Information
    From Amazon

    I love this book. I love the advice and the shopping information. I also enjoyed the awesome drawings. This book is a winner and a wealth of information. Only a few things Nina lists as must-haves are going to be outdated some day; i.e. the Blackberry. Despite the few items Nina lists that will become obsolete, the book is timeless and I really enjoy it. I read it again and again! As with most fashion books, it is not a good choice for the Kindle. The drawings are too good and a person would miss some really great sketches that set the mood for the book.

    From Amazon

    Simply a must!Easy to read Fun to read! Over and over its a classic Nina your the best.

  • Nina still rocks!!!!!!
    From Amazon

    For those who really love fashion, here's the perfect IT LIST to keep forever...Nina also tells the story behind every piece... A great gift as well!!!!!

  • Great guide to completing your wardrobe
    From Amazon

    This is not a book about how to build a wardrobe from scratch, although you can make several outfits from the pieces listed here. What this is, is a book about the pieces that will complete your wardrobe, filling the gaps you may not have even realized were there. There are major pieces, like a man's white shirt, a suit, a lovely robe, wide-legged pants. There are minor pieces, like Frye boots and sunglasses. There are jewelery suggestions, dress suggestions, handbag suggestions, outerwear suggestions. I'll admit that I'm never going to own all 100 items. I don't have any interest in owning fur, real or fake. I can't walk in stilettos, and heaven knows I've tried. But then, that's my style and I certainly don't think Nina Garcia is saying that you *must* have all 100 pieces to be stylish, just that these 100 pieces can help you to be as stylish as you choose. When I received the book, I discovered that I already had about 25 of the pieces Nina describes. But I wasn't wearing or using most of them. I hauled them all out and dusted them off and made a commitment to using them. Surprise! It isn't that hard to pin a brooch to the lapel of your winter coat, or remember to wear your pearls once a week (they do better with being worn more often). Since buying the book, I've made a few purchases. A pea coat, which nicely fills in the gap between my long wool winter coat and my parka. Ballet flats, which work well with both pants and skirts to tone down the formality of the look. (Besides, they are comfortable for walking!) A pair of Vans, in grey suede, which have become my go-to casual shoes, instead of grungy running shoes. And I've downloaded her suggested fashion oriented playlist for my IPod and it's a hoot to listen to. My new wide-leg trousers fit great and fill the gap in my wardrobe of "I don't know what to wear to the a) Eagle Scout ceremony, b) Betty's lunch to discuss our reunion next year and c) dinner with the aunts next Sunday." The pieces cover a huge price range, from an L.L. Bean tote to an investment handbag. Even if you don't have a lot of money, you can start to slowly add in a few pieces here and there. My next goals are espadrilles for the summer and a good denim jacket--again, these will fill in gaps in my closet I knew about, but didn't know how to fill.

  • Best of the BEST!!!
    From Amazon

    I think I'm in love... With this book! And I am not won easily! Nina's advice is practical and leaves room for you to adapt her advice in your own personal style. She really sticks to the PIECES as opposed to the style or cut of them (which can make reading style books hard). The illustrations were BEYOND fabulous and got me so inspired. They made me feel womanly, sexy and strong! A lot of the things you may already own! There are some things you will be inspired to update (in your own personal style) and there are some things you may want to skip! Cool! In addition the links/references provided give you the resources to research and find the best combination of things for you! As with anything eat the meat and spit out the bones! But I have been looking for something like this for a LONG time!

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