I just finished Nina Garcia’s book, The Little Black Book of Style. I won’t label it a must-read for style lovers; it’s a lot of material you’ve read elsewhere.
Nina goes through the checklist for wardrobe must-haves, the rules for editing your closet, and suggestions for what to wear to specific life events. There are some super-short interviews with designers, but it’s truly a “Little” book: lots of white space and (very charming) drawings by Isabel Toledo. I only paid a few dollars for a used copy on Amazon, so no regrets.
I enjoyed the section titled “Cheap Thrills”. Nina thinks “Fashion is expensive, style is not.” I’m with her on this one. Sometimes the priciest outfits look too studied, too predictable and way too label-heavy. Creativity, a good eye, and a little energy can create fabulous looks. Many of my favorite bloggers have proven you don’t need a lot of cash to be chic and of-the-moment.
From her book, here are some of Nina’s Cheap Thrills, and I’d love to hear about your own:
- Hanes white tee shirts. She recommends the guys’ version. I’ve never been able to get these to fit me quite right but I know many women do, and they cost less than cappuccino.
- L.L. Bean classic tote. I love these for their sturdy simplicity.
- White button-up shirt. On every list in every style book. They can be found inexpensively, although I think the higher priced ones generally look “worth it.”
- Flea-Market finds. Hello, Nina, where have you been? We bloggers are all over this one, and thrifts, op-shops, estate sales, consignment stores . . . did I mention the Cub Scout fundraiser yard sale?
- Anything H&M, Target, Uniqlo. I am trying to move away from this version of “Cheap Thrills”, for the impact on the environment, labor fairness, and for general quality. But I do like a handful of Target tees for summer.
|The classic L.L. Bean canvas tote. Always in style, and cheap.|
|The classic Hanes tee. Looks very good on him.|
Over to you: any cheap thrills to add to the list? And Happy Thursday, the weekend is almost here!