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The Style Strategy: A Less-is-more Approach To Staying Chic And Shopping Smart

by Nina Garcia
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  • Publisher: It Books
  • Publishing date: 01/08/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780061834035
  • ISBN: 0061834033

Synopsis

"This book is written to help propel you forward, into that place where style and shopping are one. Neither can thrive without the other pulling its proper weight. Effortlessly balancing the two is your mission."

From much-loved fashion maven and New York Times bestselling author Nina Garcia comes her most indispensable style primer yet--this one focused on looking timelessly chic, all while saving money!

Armed with Nina's no-fail The Style Strategy, fashionistas will not only discover a myriad of shopping alternatives sure to help them attain high-end looks at lower prices, but also learn how to maximize what they already have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Step by step, Nina helps readers honestly answer three key questions--What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?--before making purchases, so they can effectively eliminate any unnecessary spending.

This book also celebrates some of the most extraordinary women of the past, who remained admiringly fashion-forward during their own era's economic hardships.

Part of the growing classic collection from Nina Garcia, which already includes The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred, The Style Strategy is a must-have for this season and all seasons!

Nina Garcia on The Style Strategy

I am a working mother and a wife. I am a sister and a daughter. I am a student of fashion and a shopper of everything. Each experience in my life fuels what I do, who I am, and, more important, who I see myself evolving into as tomorrow dawns.

I have goals. For myself, for my son, for my family, and for the people who listen to what I have to say about fashion and style.

Every day I plan, I organize, I schedule, I strategize. And the most important thing I’ve learned is that while no amount of planning fully prepares one for life’s inevitable speed bumps, knowing that I’ve built a strong foundation enables me to negotiate such bumps with assurance. I must problem-solve at a moment’s notice. And sometimes even change course altogether in order to adapt to whatever circumstances are thrown in my path. I have to be quick. I must embrace spontaneity while always keeping my feet on the ground. I must have unwavering trust that I’m making the right decision. If I even begin to doubt myself, I crumble, and nothing gets done. Or rather, nothing gets done correctly.

It is with this goal in mind--of imparting my strategy for achieving this level of self-assurance and confidence, while also economizing--that I decided to write this book. As I look at the women around me--on television, in the news, and throughout the world--I realize that although different circumstances may rule each of our lives, we share the core elements of who we are. We’re survivalists. We’re nurturers. We’re women.

An essential aspect of being a woman is not only taking care of everyone around us, but also taking care of ourselves and each other. We figure out new ways to look and feel gorgeous. Sharing our not-so-secret tips with each other is probably the easiest, and definitely the most fun, way we care for ourselves. As women, it is in our nature to reach for perfection. And although perfection may not be 100 percent possible, getting close is. In fact, I see women getting closer to perfection every day.

I witness this striving toward an aesthetic ideal in the wonderful designs I handle as a fashion director. I see it in pristine garments, astute styling, and impeccable tailoring, among many other examples of the craftsmanship I’ve come to adore. But I also see perfection embodied in the women walking down my street. Fearless, creative, stylish women who inspire me.

But getting there is a process. It requires a strategy. Taking command of your style and staying chic is but one step in this process--an important one, mind you, but not the only one. Shopping smart and saving our hard-earned money is another very important step. And although it can be a challenge, being practical while honing your style can also be a damn good time. Trust me.

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  • Simply Smart Strategies
    From Amazon

    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.

  • Text limited interest
    From Amazon

    If you have never read a fashion advice book nor looked at fashion magazines, this might be a good beginning. However, if you have any interest in the subject, you probably will already know everything Garcia has to say. You also likely will feel that it's better expressed in many other books and magazine columns. On the other hand, the illustrations are zany as well as entertaining and the suggested websites listed in the back are useful.

  • Average
    From Amazon

    I have also read Nina's The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own and The Little Black Book of Style and I agree this is her weakest book. The advice is quite simple. Tailoring, take care of your clothes... as another reviewer said, these are not new or profound thoughts on style. I read the book in one day in a couple hours. She does have a sections focused on "What you have?" "What you need?" and "What you want?" Unfortunately, she doesn't go into a lot of detail on these topics. In summary, "What you have?" is just look in your closet and keep your favorites (old & new). "What you need?" is an abridged version of her book The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own... really, The One Hundred is a better book in this regard about basics. And then "What you want?" she doesn't really talk about at all. Just funky, unique accessories to spice up your basics wardrobe, but she leaves the real details up to the reader's preference. There is a section in the back of the book where she lists her favorite fashion websites and also stores... there is a good mix there and it could be the best part of the book. Overall, it's not a bad book at all....... but it's really nothing special either. I do love the illustrations and it is a basic primer of common sense really. I was happy that in this book Nina was advocating faux fur as opposed to in The Little Black Book of Style where she was advocating real fur. I know the fashion world doesn't care much about animal cruelty, but it does repulse me to see someone advocate real fur. Good improvement!

  • The weakest of Garcia's three books
    From Amazon

    I loved Nina Garcia's 'The One-Hundred' and 'Little Black Book of Style'. They are exactly the type of informative references that I will keep on hand and refer to season after season when refreshing my closet. However, I didn't learn anything new from 'The Style Strategy'. Additionally, I expected Garcia to point readers in the direction of finding their own strategy, which didn't happen at all. Finally, this book is a little too 2009. I don't see her references holding up for years to come, as other style books do.

  • Expected More
    From Amazon

    I was not overly impressed. I read the entire book in 2 hours. I was prepared to take notes and wrote down a couple of quotes, that's it. This is not a hard core style book but more a collection of thoughts. "The Little Black Book of Style" introduced Nina's thoughts on fashion/style. It is the best of the three books. This book is the same information but from a recession perspective. She talks about mixing high and low, shopping your closet, reinventing what you already have, tailoring, creating looks for less, buying timeless classics and fewer trends. These concepts are not new or profound. After finishing the book, something bugged me and I could not put my finger on it. I believe it was authenticity. Nina has lived in the New York fashion bubble for a long time, so something did not seem quite right for her to tell me the mantra is "staying chic and shopping smart". Prada and Gucci and "recessionista" do not belong in the same book. The audience for book seems more suited for women in the NY fashion bubble who could purchase (and dispose) the "must haves" each season without blinking, and constraint is a new concept. "Cheap Chic" or "Recycle and Reuse" is now en vogue. I am not trying to be harsh: the information is useful, but the voice is light and fluffy.

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