Book Review. Making Your Bones With Nina Garcia’s “The Little Black Book of Style”. Second City Style Fashion Blog

Fountain of 30

August 15, 2007 • Fashion


I love reading and I love fashion and style, so reading a book on fashion and style is right up my ally. It seems that all the hosts on Project Runway are poised to write a book, so now I am waiting for Michael Kors’ "She Looks Like a Brioche! Guide to Style," with tips on clothes that don’t make you look fat. However, I am more inclined to read a book on style and tips by someone who is not only a judge on Project Runway, but a fashion director at Elle magazine.

If you are looking for a bible (the Cliff Note’s version) of style and fashion, look no further. This quick read (but heavily highlighted) is chalk full of sage advice from Nina and insightful tips from contemporary designers such as like John Galliano, Margherita Missoni, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Zac Posen.

What’s inside you ask?

  • Learn to be your own muse. If you are not confident, then fake fabulousness! Then you’ll believe it.
  • The basics that every women must own and build upon
  • How to edit your wardrobe
  • How to buy with drama
  • The importance of shoes
  • Getting the most important person in your life (your tailor) to move in with you
  • Not wearing trends when they are "in"
  • How film, music and the movies have influenced style

Burberry Trench

In a nutshell…be the most fabulous woman you can be. And who doesn’t want that?

I’ll tease you with what Nina calls "the bones" or essential staples that every women should own. You know, the ones you need to spend a bit more on, but never go out of style?

  1. The LBD
  2. A classic men’s white shirt
  3. A cashmere cardigan or turtleneck
  4. A trench
  5. Denim (duh)
  6. A men’s classic watch
  7. Diamonds
  8. Ballet flats
  9. A classic high-heel pump
  10. A great bag

Believe me, there is a lot more…those are just the building blocks.

Get your own copy of Nina Garcia’s "The Little Black Book of Style"

– Lauren Dimet Waters

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