This week Marylou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash. We are the generation that is redefining the second half of our lives and most of the time we make it up as we go along. Its not an easy path, but Second Lives Club profiles everyday heros for a real time road map. In the past few weeks Second Lives Club has featured a lawyer turned travel writer, a scientist who became a textile designer and a publishing executive who is now runs a woman’s fitness franchise. Reading their journeys is aways inspiring and empowering. Its one thing to dream of a new life… its invauable to read about women who actually reinvented their lives and themselves.
I admit I am a fashion guide junkie. I keep hoping that the next book will help me look great for every occasion without making expensive shopping mistakes. Too many of these books are just a collection of celebrity photos posing as fashion advice. Although Your Ultimate Style Guide was written by the editors of People Style Watch, it contains well thought out fashion advice. Rather than telling us what we should wear, the book starts with a quiz to identify your own style and then offers great options to get the look you want. There are five styles– classic, chic, feminine, glam and cool. My style was “Classic” and I loved all the looks in this category. I had all the classic basics, but this book showed me how to put them together in the right proportions and colors. I got more than a dozen great new outfits without spending a dime.
One of my biggest complaints about style guides is that they ignore the impact of weather on fashion. In Your Ultimate Guide to style, they offer six differnt ideas for each season. Now that’s what I am talking about. For example, hanging in my closet is a beige wool poncho that I bought on a whim in London. Bck at home, it made me feel like a dumpy aging hippie. But in Your Ultimate Style Guide offered photo of Olivia Palermo topping a denim shirt and jeans with a beige poncho and carrying a large, elegant black and beige bag and black flats. Its a perfect fall look and exctly what I am wearing on this beautiful fall day.