Likes and Dislikes: An Exercise For List Makers

I have read a lot of fashion/style books. I devote a whole shelf of our bookcase to them. I usually buy them used from, because I don’t care if they’re a little dated; I think that makes them more fun. As with most educational experiences, I glean a couple of memorable tidbits from each book. Nothing revolutionary, but pieces of a puzzle that have helped me define my style. I’ll put a list of my favorite books at the end of this post.
Today I came across an old document in my computer files. I know I copied it from a fashion/style book, but I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember which one. I give credit right here to all the talented authors listed below! The exercise shown below is to free-associate words that represent what you like and dislike about fashion. Try to be general versus specific. That is, “I like clean lines” rather than “I like skinny jeans.”
I must have thought it was fun, and apparently I came up with these two lists:
A potpourri of dislikes!
Visual clutter

Clean lines
Pop of color
Subtly feminine
Mix of masculine/feminine

I did this about two years ago and looking at the lists now, I wouldn’t change much. I think it would be useful now to narrow down the lists — if I could only dislike/like, let’s say, three things, what would they be? For example I really, really dislike . . . stiff, staid and overdone clothing (on me). I really, truly like . . . clean lines and comfortable clothes with movement.
I’d love to hear from you, your dislikes and likes about style in general. And, do you have some favorite books to recommend?
Some of my favorite fashion books, in no particular order:

The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr
Simple Isn’t Easy by Olivia Goldsmith and Amy Fine Collins
In The Dressing Room With Brenda by Brenda Kinsel
40 Over 40 by Brenda Kinsel
Closet Smarts by Emily Neill
Ten Steps to Fashion Freedom by Malcolm Levene and Kate Mayfield
What Not To Wear by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine
The Lucky Shopping Manual by Kim France and Andrea Linett

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  10. Thanks Paula – I have read the Nina Garcia book and the Charla Krupp, but I hadn't heard of the Teri Agins book. I will look it up tonight. The business of fashion is fascinating too.

  11. On the books, I have a whole shelf dedicated to fashion too–some history, biographies and advice. The last 2 on your list I have also! 3 others I can recommend: The End of fashion, by Teri Agins; (about the biz), Little black book of style, Nina Garcia and How not to look old, Charla Krupp. I have plenty more recommendations too!

  12. After blogging for one and a half year i was able to narrow down my likes.That would be simple lines,neutrals and the mix of feminine/masculine.
    That's a good idea you gave me,to start my own style books collection!

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