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For the unaware, Nina Garcia is the fashion editor at the fabulous Marie The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must. From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo's hit Project Runway and the New York Times bestselling author of Style Strategy—comes The One Hundred, the com. The One Hundred book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo's hit Project Runway and t.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The One Hundred , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Aug 29, Thomasin rated it it was ok Shelves: As if I needed verification that I'm not a stylish woman If I aspired to be, I'd need more than a couple of items, including: Ankle Boots Aviators Belts can you believe I don't own a single one?
I didn't dislike the book, per se, but it's not one which will affect my daily life other than giving me feelings of inadequacy if I think on it too long. Mar 26, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: This book made me laugh. I sometimes struggle with the fact that I have only one outfit appropriate for going out anywhere vaguely fancy after work, and that I am totally averse to shopping and makeup and other things that make women look "presentable. But then I remember that I am a field biologist, and that my idea of a good evening out is drinking a craft beer in the unpretentious brewery district near my This book made me laugh.
But then I remember that I am a field biologist, and that my idea of a good evening out is drinking a craft beer in the unpretentious brewery district near my house, or spending a few hours dreaming of garden box designs in the lumber section of the Home Depot, and I stop worrying about it. Stiletto mary janes and diamond studs, my foot!
I would now like a cape and jaunty cap to go with my wellies, though, so the advice in this book has not been entirely lost on me. Sherlock Holmes-themed wet weather wear, here I come! I love this book. Fun and helpful. Sassy and classy. The full color illustrations are the perfect accessory to the writing. There were some thing on this list I disagreed with.
It seemed Nina was grasping to fill out the items. But the items I do agree with come with absolutely perfect advice.
If you're into fashion you need this book. If you're a fashion disaster you need this book. If your hopelessly stuck in the middle somewhere you need this book. Dec 17, Christina rated it liked it Shelves: Very silly in my opinion but fun to page through and think about items that could be good gifts for me or someone else.
Would NOT recommend downloading it -- unless you're actually serious about following through with her suggestions; a library rental is perfect since it takes about an hour to peruse, which is about as deep as I needed to go with it. Apr 20, Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: I say meh. I've been reading a lot of style and fashion books in an ongoing attempt to dress less slobby and tooly and this feels like a retread. Also, don't tell me I "must" have this or that thing. I'm never going to own aviators or a Chanel purse.
Dec 30, Ella Star rated it it was amazing. You are an original. Start dressing like one. I absolutely adore Nina Garcia on Project Runway, and I've been interested in reading her books for a while.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe is really appealing to me and I thought this was a good place to start. Initially, I was a little bit worried because the book was published about 10 years ago, and these fashion books about style tend to get old quite fast when there are trends involved.
No need to worry though - I foun You are an original. No need to worry though - I found it to be quite on point and took several notes while I was reading this. The things I didn't agree with where technology-based so I swapped the Blackberry for an iPhone and the iPod for an Apple watch, for example. I also didn't agree with animal furs and skins being listed as must-haves, but that is my personal choice as I don't condone animal cruelty in that way.
Other than that, it was a really good read with lovely illustrations and a great starting point if you want to start building a classic wardrobe! Would recommend for: View 1 comment. It's a bold title: But is it true?
Yes and no. While the full one hundred won't apply to everyone, there is at least something to appeal to nearly everyone since when is Champagne a fashion accessory? There are items that fall into classic categories, and nearly every woman will own them no matter what their personal style statement is.
I would say great jeans, a trench coat, a great sweater, a black dress and that one wear- It's a bold title: But there are definitely things I consider unnecessary or just not for me on Garcia's list: I'm not a flip-flop kinda gal. If I'm going to imbibe alcohol, it most likely won't be champagne. Bean Tote. I don't own an L. Bean anything. My heart still rebels against The North Face, too. I blame bitchy high school girls for this prejudice. A caftan.
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Do I look like Mrs. A Blackberry. Well, technically I do own a Blackberry Pearl I don't recommend it , but this entry just shows how this book has already dated itself. The Blackberry is on the way out as the tech du jour, ladies. I am glad that Garcia included things like Converse sneakers a must! I have a lot of fun combing through this book, especially as each alphabetical entry includes little bits of trivia and history to take the topics beyond merely constructing a catalog of acquisition.
I won't lie: I like clothes. I like shopping for clothes and putting pieces together just for the love of personal aesthetic expression. I also like reading about fashion or more accurately, style , because it reflects who we are as a culture. Every decade has its costumes, and that is fascinating. This book takes elements from various decades to create an essential foundation for a great wardrobe.
I don't use this book as a guide to my own clothing choices, but rather I like to look at it as a fun inside look at how we, as a culture, look at clothes: What is just a fad? How does this reflect our culture? How can I enjoy clothes and accessories without letting acquisition take over my life? Well, this book doesn't help so much with that last question, but it does help give perspective as to what things are worth investing in for the long term, which is one way of avoiding the consumer money pit.
And Ruben Toledo's watercolor illustrations are adorable. Nov 25, Steph H. In her second book, Garcia lists the in her opinion pieces every woman must own. From an A-Line dress to Cashmere knits, she covered nearly every essential I've ever heard of. I don't see where both items are making women 'stylish' but I won't start a discussion about that now because everyone knows I'm an crackberrian and thus very biased.
Anyways, Garcia gathered not only essential clothing items and how to wear them, but also ver In her second book, Garcia lists the in her opinion pieces every woman must own. Anyways, Garcia gathered not only essential clothing items and how to wear them, but also very interesting background facts about most of them.
For anyone who doesn't know the history of flats, caban jackets or biker boots or even jeans , this book is a valuable source. Many famous actresses and models are mentioned, too. Keep them small and in one, solid colour to best flatter. The higher the denier the better. Wear over a T-shirt and belt it. C is for A white version will go with everything you own. The rich colour works well combined with black and white.
CAPE: Adds drama and hides flaws. Keep everything else in the outfit tight and tailored. Team with jeans and a white T-shirt for downtown style. Invest in a good pair, then beat them up a bit. Fashion classics: The cable-knit sweater, and right, a denim jacket D is for But never team with more denim.
Perfect for weekends. E is for The three skins which will never lose appeal are crocodile, ostrich and snakeskin. F is for Tuck jeans into an old, beaten-up pair. FUR: Whether fake or real, fur adds the glam factor. There is nothing it doesn't play well with. G is for Try a trilby, Panama or gangster-ish fedora.
For an edgy look, try leather or fingerless gloves. H is for Stick with silver or gold, and the thinner the better. The now-ubiquitous iPod is a fashionista's must-have I is for J is for And God Created Woman oma setting: Saint Tropez, s synopsis: A vampy sexpot Brigitte Bardot loves one brother, but marries another.
Rampant female sensuality watch for: You are at the point of falling for her. What makes you say that? Whenever you look at her, you appear less intelligent. Funny F Face ace setting: New York and Paris, s synopsis: Jo Audrey Hepburn , a shy bookstore clerk, is discovered by a famous fashion photographer Fred Astaire , who takes her to Paris and makes her a top model.
And the resplendent Givenchy gowns. The scene when Audrey descends the stairs in that stunning red Givenchy is unforgettable. Accessorizing the LBD watch for: The LBD, the oversize sunglasses, the giant pearl necklace, and the gloves.
It solidified Audrey Hepburn as a style icon. Russia, — synopsis: Russian Revolution. Mid-length officer-style coats, opulently collared and cuffed shirts, and fur on anything became popular. Lots of fur. Fur bonnets, muffs, etc. Paris, s synopsis: Perfectly timeless watch for: Everything she wears could work today: Geneva, s synopsis: Smart and seductive watch for: You play?
Try me. Love Lo ve Story setting: Cambridge and New York, s synopsis: Preppy collegiate. I am studying. I know.
But can I help it if you think so? The Great Gatsby setting: Long Island, Summer synopsis: A film adaptation of F. Chicago, s synopsis: Tracy Diana Ross tries to leave the ghetto and become a fashion designer and a top model.
Outlandishly retro. Diana Ross designed some of the costumes herself. The retro designs, the color, and the glitter. The ombre evening dress. White pantsuits. The hair. Androgynous chic. Beverly Hills, s synopsis: He falls in love with the wife of a local politician Lauren Hutton and is framed for the murder of one of his clients. American chic at its best. This is the film that put Armani on the style map.
I taught you everything you know! Miami, synopsis: The look of unadulterated debauchery. The slinky, shiny dresses, the huge coke-head sunglasses, the blond hair.
Los Angeles, early s synopsis: Hip simplicity. Uma Thurman in the dancing scene is amazing. Her capri pants, her crisp white shirt with the black bra underneath, her severe bangs, and black hair. The black capri pants, the white shirt, and the hair. Hong Kong, synopsis: Everything in this movie is styled to perfection.
The color of her dresses, the s heels, the quiet sexiness of the fit. When the Beatles went hippie psychedelic on the world, the world went hippie psychedelic too. And when Madonna rocked that Gaultier bustier in her Blonde Ambition tour, well, we noticed. Not even a scruffy rocker from Seattle though Lord knows he tried. In his Perry Ellis spring collection, Marc Jacobs did the same. Marks Place very Nirvana and sent it off to Italy to have the plaid pattern made into silk very un-Nirvana.
Soon he was sending silk flannels, satin Birkenstocks, and duchesse satin Converse down the runway. I will never forget those Birkenstocks. I had my first internship at Perry Ellis during the spring season and I spent a good amount of my time running satin Birkenstocks around New York for editors to use in their photo shoots.
They are icons who designers and editors pull from again and again to create their collections and their magazine spreads. Musicians with Style: They wore tight skirts, jackets, sleeveless dresses, and even Chanel-inspired two-piece suits. Everything they wore put an emphasis on their curves and their femininity, their signature look being glamorous evening gowns with gloves and high heels.
She wore seventies flower-print dresses with white go-go boots. Her clothes always had a flash of something: She customized her clothes with embroidery and beading. So a lot of my influences were male. She dressed just like a teenage boy would. She wore tight rubber pants, showing off her drainpipe legs. Or she would layer: Or she would mix lengths: She often wore combat boots and always kept her hair messy.
She wore short black shorts, strategically ripped tights, acid-green dresses, tube tops, and had peroxide-blond hair. She loved to break the rules, wearing short, short skirts with her curvy figure; flaunting her inventive do-it-yourself clothes made out of tacky Woolworth fabrics; downloading her sunglasses at the dime store.
It was her blend of sex and strength that made her a style icon and a symbol of the eighties. Because nobody knows how to rock out like the Stones. I could never be chic. They were the leaders of punk rock. They commanded an audience, perpetuated a movement, and forever changed the fabric of pop culture.
She has always been known for her daring and edgy outfits and her amazing legs. And then, just as everybody jumped on board, she reinvented herself, in true Madonna fashion. Her career evolved with carefully planned stylistic phases. There was her lacy underwear, big hair, and black jewelry phase; the sultry Marilyn Monroe phase; the Evita phase; the Japanese geisha; the uninhibited sex goddess in Gaultier with Blonde Ambition. She has always been, and continues to be, on the cutting edge.
The youth of America achieved the look for much less. They went into thrift stores for the clothes; they grew their hair long and purposely neglected to wash or comb it. It was an era of antifashion, but in an odd way, it was the only decade that can be so identified by a singular fashion trend.
By the time she was in boarding school, my parents were ready to globe-trot, so I trotted along too. I would also watch as my mother picked up the styles, downloading the necklaces and dresses and bringing them back to Colombia. These women put a lot of time and effort into the way they present themselves humidity be damned.
The standards are not only a matter of presentation, but a matter of moral fiber. There is a notion, passed down from generation to generation, that your physical presentation reflects the person you are on the inside.
European women are the consummate embracers and masters of style; they have made fashion an art form. For these women, style is never created; it simply is. And it has meaning. For this woman, the power of tradition shapes her entire process of elegance. You must eat the kimono. At the other end of the spectrum, you will also see in the streets of Tokyo the progressive zeal of the Japanese youth.
They are the masters of urban chic, with their fingers on the pulse of modernity. They wear endlessly ornate, gold-and-enamel jewels quite unabashedly, with silken saris of every hue. The important events of their lives are usually punctuated by a ritualized approach to the kind of beauty that is laden with custom and tradition.
Women need to celebrate their God-given beauty instead of always trying to be something else. For obvious reasons, these women have had to reclaim their style throughout the centuries, forging an even stronger sense of pride and alliance to these roots.
It is a country with distinct styles throughout the regions. In LA, women adore boho dresses and peasant tops.
In New York, you can find just about anything. In America, the promises of possibility and inspirations are limitless. If you cannot get away, go to the ethnic shops in your neighborhood. But wherever you go, be it Tokyo or the local Indian store, this is the time to download with drama.
Bring back something fantastic. Pull out all the stops. Humidity be damned, forget about modesty, leave the trends behind, and have a little fun. One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. They are found in The Met and the Louvre, but they are also found on graffitied walls and old flea- market prints. Every designer has been influenced by art, and art has been influenced by style. The connection was perfectly clear to him: And she was the first to design entire collections around a theme and everyone followed suit.
The woman knew how to be inspired. She knew how to imitate an image, but also to claim it as her own. This is a woman we can learn from. She let everything influence her style. Imitate her. The compositions were gridded with thick black lines and basic primary colors. YSL took this design idea and fit it to the female form, creating his famed Mondrian collection. And how could I possibly have resisted Pop Art, which was the expression of my youth? How could I have overlooked my dear friend Andy Warhol?
Murakami also created the Cherry Blossom pattern for the company, stamping smiling cartoon faces and pink and yellow flowers atop the original monogram canvas. There is no one answer. Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. I have been a victim of this. You want to show up to the party and make a statement.
This is the time to carry out the fantasy of who you want to be. Wear bold colors, wear fabulous jewelry, wear anything that helps you make a statement and an entrance. For a black-tie affair, men are required to wear a tuxedo and women are expected to be in a long dress or a cocktail dress.
But this is the time to come out of your cocoon.
Some tricky variations: Cocktail attire This means a short dress. Have a lot of fun here. Pull out that fabulous short dress, your killer high heels, your funkier jewelry.
Big cocktail rings are made for this dress code. Dressy casual This means pants are okay but no jeans. Casual It means anything goes. But not for you. You have a lot of freedom. Not even an expensive one. Because let me tell you, if there is a girl in a sweatsuit and a girl in a cashmere sweater and there is the possibility of an upgrade, cashmere beats sweatsuit every time. The way you present yourself matters: The smile gets more than the frown.
On a flight from New York to LA, I was traveling with an actress who got on the plane in perfect attire, perfect hair, full-on makeup, and sunglasses. When we got off that plane in LA, not a hair was out of place. She looked as if she had been beamed there in a spaceship damn her.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
And then layer, layer, layer. A cashmere cardigan and a cashmere scarf are necessities on an airplane. As for the shoes, wear flats. This is one of the few times when you should not wear high heels. It is not all that fun or glamorous to run for your flight in high heels. A slow reveal is more intriguing than a full reveal.
Focus on the fabrics and not exposing too much skin. Silk, cashmere, angora, or anything tactile work well. This is the time to pull out your favorite lingerie not for him, for you! Be at ease, be superfeminine, and roll with the awkward pauses. Is not the most erotic part of the body wherever the clothing affords a glimpse? My mother is going to love you.
We all know that the mother comes to that table full of judgment and doubt. You have to come to that table full of poise and style. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is also not the time to show lingerie.
This is the time to be a little conservative. Knee-length skirts are good, miniskirts are not. Wide-leg trousers, yes. Shredded jeans, no. But do not make the mistake of completely changing your style to impress them.
You have to show them who you are, just not all of who you are. Wear classic, non- revealing clothing, but make sure your bag, or your necklace, or your watch reveals a bit of your style.
His mother has one, too. They are built in during pregnancy. The fathers? You do have to consider where you are applying. Invest your money here. As a general guideline: Choose a conservative base and then put on a piece of personal jewelry, something that says you are alive and not a robot in a suit.
No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit. But when she turned around, I was horrified. Panty lines! Granny panties! Who in the twenty-first century does not own a thong?
That day she fell from grace just a little bit or maybe a lot. You have to check your backside before leaving. No panty lines or thongs showing! Pay as much attention to your lingerie as you do to the rest of your outfit. Use it to your advantage.
Explore garters, corsets, etc. Just do not use a bra as a top. And, really, everyone knows you are wearing a bra. You should have the basic colors for those times when only a classic bra will do, but be wary of nude bras.
Yes, most of the time, only you are going to know what you have on underneath your clothes, but wear great lingerie anyway. A little optimism never hurt anyone.
Spend your money here. A simple, timeless design for these three items is best. A classic high heel, a quilted leather bag think Chanel , and a knee- or mid-calf-length coat all work well. For the pants and top, choose a rich color—camel, brown, ivory, or black—and wear them tone on tone. For example, an incredible pair of ivory pants and a luxe ivory turtleneck equals elegance. Head-to-toe black, brown, and camel work the same way. Then add a great coat and choose some lasting jewelry: I caught it from you.
Second, do not wear white. For some reason, people get very touchy about that. Especially the mother of the bride. Most important, you have to consider where the wedding is. Again, read that invitation carefully. These women knew how to do summer. Jeans and T-shirts are key here. Sundresses and tank tops and just one great bathing suit are essential too. Keep everything simple and then punctuate your outfit with all of those summer accessories that seem like they were made for lazy Sundays in July—the flat sandals, the sun hat, the L.
Bean tote. Nobody wants to go to the beach with a woman in high heels and a leather Prada bag.
Everyone wants to go spend the weekend with Jackie O. I am a fan of black and brown in the winter, but not for the coat. A woman in a plain black coat rarely makes an entrance. A woman in a black mink? A woman in a red trench?
A woman in a black peacoat? Everything else can be black, if you want. Black pants, black shoes, black turtleneck. The colors for winter are pretty standard: But definitely dare to wear winter white and ivory. There is nothing more chic than a woman in winter white. The dry cleaning bill is worth it.
Also worth it: It will keep you warm and you will look instantly luxe. Nothing is better to rework than an old fur coat. And nothing will make you feel more glamorous in the depths of December.
Lots of jewelry. Make the guy download it for you—he got you into this. He can help you style your way through. Instruct him to find you bangles, earrings, fun necklaces. What you need is a few fitted cashmere sweaters in the winter or cotton T-shirts in the summer that will hug your body perfectly and not make you look like a beach ball. Make sure they are comfortable, snug on your hips and thighs, and flare out a bit at the ankles to balance out the belly. Do not download maternity jeans that are tapered at the ankle.
You are going to look like a Weeble and Weebles wobble. Ballet flats are your friend here. They are extremely comfortable and flexible enough to stretch out as your feet start to expand very attractive. Have I made this sound fun enough for you?
There are plus sides to the whole pregnancy gig. Your hair gets thicker.
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
Your boobs get bigger. What was your inspiration for the wrap dress? I was really very young, in my early twenties. I worked in an Italian factory and I loved printed jersey.
It started as a little wrap top like a ballerina would wear, and then one day I just had this idea to make it into a dress. It is the most traditional dress, like a kimono, but it was revolutionary because it was made out of jersey and it was tight to the body.
What is your secret to staying young? I love life and I live it fully. What is your favorite item of clothing? Whatever I am wearing at the moment. The secret to style? You have to figure out where you are going and what you have to do and then just go for it. What do you find stylish in a woman? Each woman has her own allure. I like humor, opinion, and self-assurance. Who are some of the most stylish women you know? They know who they are. Expert tips on how to dress for a party? Dress the part you want to play.
How to dress to make an entrance? The same way you make an exit: What is your secret to blending timeless and trendy styles? If I wear a trendy shoe or piece of jewelry, I keep the rest of my outfit simple and stick to classic pieces with clean lines. A trend is usually something that lasts for only a season or two. What is your favorite source of style inspiration? Vintage photographs—I am inspired when I look at pictures of chic women from the sixties and seventies.
What do you find most stylish in a woman? The confidence to wear what looks good on you regardless of trends. Women who dress to play up their assets and hide their flaws always look polished and pulled together.
Who is the most stylish woman you know? My mother. I still feel the same way when I look at her today. What are the secrets to downloading vintage? Quality and modernity. But junky vintage in poor condition will not fit the bill. Try to look for things that have been well cared for and are high quality. Is vintage for every woman? There is vintage for every woman. What is the best vintage item a woman can download? It is the epitome of quality and taste and will be passed on to future generations.
I am drawn to women with a unique sense of style. Nina Garcia! I love mixing fabrics and shapes in unexpected ways—the classic with the modern, the rugged with the elegant. How do you pick your first fur? Your first fur should be the coat you always dreamed about, a fantasy object that makes you feel special every time you slip it on, and, of course, if it also happens to keep you warm, that is an extra plus.
Is there anything fur does not go with? Fur or a touch of fur will complement any look. It adds a touch of glamour and luxury; it can do wonders as a pick- me-up for a plain little black dress. What is the biggest mistake women make when wearing fur? Now we treat fur like an extraordinary fabric that can easily become part of a lifestyle.
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Fur is a modern luxury item like cashmere that can be enjoyed at every price by everyone. What do you find eternally stylish? The perfectly cut tuxedo or a classic trench coat. Who are the most stylish women you know? I still love Jane Birkin and Kate Moss. What is it about a white shirt that is so appealing? A white shirt always looks crisp and sexy. What is your favorite article of clothing on a woman?
How does a woman dress with minimalism without looking boring? One should always refer to the proportions to update the silhouette—the same old dress can look exciting in a new length. What is the best lesson you have learned from Brazilian women? What is your secret to dressing in prints?
As with anything, you just have to feel comfortable in them. Can you mix prints? Yes, definitely. It depends what you are going for. If you are going for a hippy seventies look, you are going to mix prints. I see prints as pieces that you can mix just as you mix different shapes and volumes.
Can you wear prints to a wedding?
Yes, I often do. You never upstage the bride. Lighter-color prints are good. Who or what has influenced your style the most? You can be influenced by everything you see and everywhere you go.
Nothing was strict and precise, which is the fun part of fashion. Who is one of the most stylish women you know? Carine Roitfeld.Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Even if it skips a season, this style will always return. Over the months, I must have run back about a hundredtimes. The classic Wave cuff from Tiffany. Yes, it may cost you a small fortune, but it is worth it.
But those of us who were not born down South or out West have to tread lightly at first. Don't really care for them.
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