Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Book Review: Style Yourself

It took me a while to decide what to say about this book. In the end, I decided that Style Yourself is a book by fashion bloggers, about fashion bloggers but not for fashion bloggers.
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Style Yourself is basically a guide to dressing by some of the world top style bloggers that helps you draw from inspiration when getting dresses, by following their example.
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The begining of the book starts with how to build your wardrobe. Pretty basic stuff really, unless you've worn uniform every day of your life, or you've never had to dress yourself, or never really had any clothes, this bit is a no brainer for a lot of girls. Not really useful; when I read books, I like to learn something from them - nothing new here!
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Throughout the book there are pages showing you the different cuts and shapes you can get for any type of garment.
DSC_0029 Most of these I could not actually think of when I'd find them useful, but some of the pages, such as the one on different skirts I did find rather interesting, and it had some useful tips on choosing a skirt to flatter your body shape. 
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Something else that I did actually find very useful was this guide to different washes of jeans - something I always find confusing when I'm confronted by the sea of denim whenever I walk into Gap of the Levi shop for a new pair!
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Something else that I thought was a bit of an insult to the intelligence to the reader, the colour wheel. I'm seriously worried about the standard of primary education you received if you don't know that red, blue and yellow are primary colours, how to mix green, orange and purple and which colours are corresponding. DSC_0021
I did like some of the pages suggesting alternative ways to wear a garment, like this piece on rock and band tees. This might just be me, but I came up with all of these ways to wear, and more when I was thinking how I could incorporate my every growing collection of tees into my everyday look.
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What I really loved was  reading the  pages where a blogger took apart an outfit they were wearing and explained their inspiration behind it, as well as their general inspirations when getting dressed. We spend so much time looking at the pretty pictures on our favourite style blogs, but not much time thinking about the background to any given look.
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This book actually gave me a bit of respect for Tavi Genson. I never really got what the big deal about her as, but actually reading her talk about her outfits, she is actually quite  an artist. DSC_0037
An idea that I have had from reading the book? Monochrome outfits - I've  never actually thought about dressing in all one colour that is not black before.
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Finally, one of my favourite pictures from the book, one of my favourite style bloggers Carrie Harwood looking fabulous in a swimsuit that I think I need in my life!

I think the best thing about this book has to be the fact I have just discovered so many incredible style bloggers I never knew about! However, I think if I'd had a chance to flip through this book before I brought it, I would have saved my money to spend on something else. 


Has anyone else read a copy of Style Yourself yet?

33 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up on this book! I didnt even know about it, but from the pictures youve posted i'm really interested in getting it, as I could really do with help in the wardrobe department nowadays! x

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  2. What a shame that it gives you basic dressing lessons which I don't think anyone over the age of about 5 needs! Haha. But it looks like it has some good content.

    Leia

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  3. it seems a really nice book! its a shame though when you read through something after you bought it and wish you had before. you could always sell it on ebay :D x

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  4. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog :) I will be sure to follow yours. The book looks fab! xx

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  5. I have no read this, but I know I must soon.. Thanks for the post xx

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  6. That looks like a great read! I'll pick it up when my library purchases it. :)

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  7. Hmm, I've been quite torn about getting this for a while, so your review's really interesting, thank you for being so honest & for the great photos xx

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  8. I guess the pages on different cuts and shapes would be great when you design clothes, or when you sew. I really want to flip through them! although I probably wouldn't buy one.

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  9. looks like a great book
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  10. The pictures look great lovely post <3

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  11. I've never heard of it, but it looks awesome! I kind of want to pick up a copy now!

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  12. Interesting. I've seen this book around, obviously, on the blogs I read... But I havn't actually thought about buying it... I agree that some of it looks pointless, but there are some bits which I think I might enjoy. I still don't think I'd like style rookie though... Ha!

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  13. that looks like an awesome book.
    ill have to check it out!

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  14. Interesting book. I think I've stopped reading style guides as I've never found one that actually influenced or inspired me as much as just reading blogs everyday. What I want is not lessons in 'this is how you wear clothes', come on! I want to be inspired by someone who looks amazing!

    I tihnk I'll be skipping on this book, thank you very much for the honest review though, by the sounds of things your initial comment sums it up perfectly.

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  15. Oh interesting review. There were a lot of giveaways on this book, so had heard a lot about it. It was good to get a peak.

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  16. this is one of amazing book ever <3

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  17. Great review and thx for the photos! To be honest, I've not heard of this book before but it seems quite interesting. How much did u buy it for?

    Cinz
    http://www.cinzee.wordpress.com

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  18. Rachel, your blog is fabulous! Thank you for your comments. I am your new follower. Would be great if you follow me too:-)
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  19. No i haven't yet but it seems to be a great book!

    http://fashionindahat.blogspot.com/

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  20. Who needs style yourself when you have fashion blogs at our fingertips?
    x

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  21. This review is really well written. I dont think I will be running out to buy it as the only part I would really be interested in is the bloggers breaking down their outfits :-) Thanks for the review.

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  22. I just discovered your blog and LOVE IT!:)

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    carling

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  23. This book looks awesome! Need to check it out as I am seeing a few of my favourite fashion bloggers featured in it as well.

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  24. heard about the book but haven't looked or read through it yet, so I appreciated this review of yours very much. it was very interesting and insightful, guess I will have to skip through it in a bookstore someday! thanks, sweets! xoxo

    http://some-kind-of-style.blogspot.com/

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  25. Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts and few photos from whats inside of the book because I've not got my hands on it!!

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  26. I like the explanation of the inspiration behind the outfits, one magazine gets designers to do that and I can't remember which it is!

    Maria xxx

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  27. ahh I really want this book, it seems sooooo interesting, it's great to learn new things about fashion :) x

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  28. I want that book!!! Thanks for the details!!

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  29. ooh such an interesting and honest insight of the book. :)
    I love how they incorporated such a great diversity of bloggers ^_^

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  30. totally need to get a copy of this!! gary peppers page looks so stunning!!
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