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365 Style Hardcover – Sep 2 2014
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Nicky Hilton is an international style icon, model, and designer. A respected expert of style and fashion, Nicky has been a red carpet correspondent at the Oscars, and served as a guest judge on Project Runway.
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This book lets women in on what her tips and go-to ideas are for any occasion or no occasion at all. With a woman of her stature, I was actually surprised by how many thrifty options she shared. That goes to show you that this book is not just for the rich girls, but women on a budget can benefit from her tips too. She has some great tips that I plan on implementing in my own closet. Her tips on organizing your closet is what a girl like me needs. I have a walk in that you can't really walk into anymore.
This book is also filled with moments from her personal life. She even included some wonderful and personal family photos.
You really need to check this book out, no matter what your age. Even if you're mildly curious abut her life and what makes Nicky tick, it's in there. I think this book has something for all the ladies, it just depends on what.
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In fact, she begins her book with a statement about how Fashion is what you buy, but Style is how you express yourself. It is a book that actually made me stop and look at myself (truthfully, I have expected - for years - Stacy and Clinton from "What not to wear"). This book made me stop and look at what I wish to express about myself.
Gave me areas and methods to clean it up and places where I should go bolder.
And somewhere along the way, I learned a thing or two about Nicky Hilton and about me. I truly came to respect the author and the book.
1. She subtley disses Paris throughout most of the book (Tho in the closing she tries convincingly that her sister is one of her style icons!), which makes for some wry, enjoyable humor. And the family photos, esp from the 80s are equally hilarious.
But, if you're looking for humor, try instead ''Oh No She Didn't: The Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them'' by Clinton Kelly.
2. She (or her editor) seem to want to assert that you can look like a million bucks, without spending million. Whew! But this from a woman whose wardrobe occupies the space of an avg bedroom (BTW- She congratulates the woman whose walk-in closet occupies the space of a small bedroom p.27), plus items in storage. Better read if this is your object 'Style on a Shoestring' or the 'Shopping Diet' by Philip Bloch tho' less flashy - much better advice on this front.
3. She wants to give you a simple formula for what to have in your wardrobe. For each season (each segment of the book), she recommends 6 basics, 5 accessories, and says to combine them accordingly for the top *3* occasions you'll deal with that season - work lunch, beach party, cocktail invite, etc. She is wishy-washy about her formula, saying depending on your personal style profile, you'll need to discern what your 5 accessories are, and tailor her advice to the 3 occasions you'll be dressing for. Additionally, you'll need to read pp 38-51 to figure out this little equation - a bit too much time devoted to a simple thing.
Better book for formulaic dressing: Nina Garcia's 'The Style Strategy' the ''Lucky Shopping Manual'' or checklist on p. 297 of Bradley Bayou's 'The Science of Sexy''.
Better book for figuring out your style profile: Brenda Kinser's ''Fashion Makeover''
and them dressing to it: "The Lucky Guide to Mastering any Style"
Understandably absent from this section, as she has a personal trainer no doubt, is any mention given to dressing for your body type. Hence, another reviewer says this bk is better for anyone with a very young (slim) body - 20s. (Best book on this is the Bradley Bayou one above but InStyle books are good, as well.)
A jetsetter, she advises how to pack for vacations in the Pacific, Tokyo, Aspen or Paris. Her style is millionairess, her recommended 'basics' too formal for us in the West, for sure. After all, she lunches in places, with dress codes. She suggests that there are only a half dozen things you'll need a bag for the beach, including your Missoni caftans and notes, don't forget to leave the make up at home!
My guess is that the audience for this book is the 1/10 of 1%....but not me.
Moreover, I enjoy Hilton's devotion to preserving fashion. For example, she provides anecdotes of her mother insisting that shoes should be taken to a cobbler on occasion to ensure longevity. I adore this old-world approach to valuing craftsmanship and preserving the environment. In our society, I literally struggle to find a good seamstress (for even minor alterations). I have tried a few and fell in love with the talents of one. Certainly, I have been lazy not to invest some time in locating a dependable cobbler.
Finally, I very much appreciate how Hilton draws upon the knowledge of her mother, her sister, her father, and others around her. Hilton does not claim to have all the answers. Instead, we see a mature text that recalls the best information from those in her life. For instance, Hilton's mother swears by Nordstrom's for finding proper underpinnings. I really enjoy such details.
There are a few items that Hilton loves that I am not found of ... of course! That's natural! Hilton may love a gift-sweater and I cannot get them in the donation bins fast enough. But what I love about this young woman is how she says (on the final page) to basically take what you want from the book, leave the rest, and make your own style. So open-minded!
I am very pleased and surprised with/by this text. Anyone who enjoys fashion will find something of interest in Hilton's book. Strongly recommended to all fashionistas!
Anyway, when the book arrived, and I got a close-up look at the cover, I thought: "Uh, oh. This is going to be too young for me." (I'm over 60.) I wasn't entirely wrong.
I'll start with what I enjoyed about the book:
--Hilton's writing style. It is down-to-earth, and "conversational".
--Her instructions on cleaning out your closet to make way for the new, was simpler than most closet-cleaning "systems" I've read.
--Her fashion role models, which include Jackie Onassis and Diane Von Furstenberg. (So some of the book wasn't "too young" for me.)
--Her explanation of the 365 system. (3 dominant occasions you most often dress for. 6 wardrobe staples. 5 essential accessories.)
I also enjoyed her "Black List" chapter, which consists of five classic wardrobe items for everyone, of every age.
Plus, I liked the way she divided later chapters by season and occasions (Fall, Winter, Travel, etc., etc.)
Even though I enjoyed the above sections of the book, I can only give it 3 stars, because I think this will mostly appeal to younger readers, who are still "finding" their own personal style in fashion.
Older readers like me, will be familiar with most of this information, which can be found in magazines, books, and online blogs. Plus, it has chapters like "Girl Talk" -- lessons Hilton learned from her mother-- which did not interest me, and I doubt will interest anyone over 40. Also, the book is "text-rich", by which I mean it DOES NOT HAVE tons of photos of outfits. (Readers of any age might object to that, since they might want to see how outfits are put together.)
So, for older readers, 3 stars (because you WILL be able to modify the tips, somewhat), but for younger readers, 4 stars.