Lately, our favorite question has taken on new meaning for me. “What are you wearing?” no longer requests the designer name or style, but rather a literal sense. What am I wearing? What is it made of? Where did it come from?? Does it look good? Is it chic, timeless, and stylish? How did this shirt even find its way into my closet?
Seriously, my closet looks nothing like this…
I am always in search of new things to learn, so it only seemed natural that I find the answers myself. I love studying and researching topics myself through books, the internet, and chats with people. When I decided to study the current fashion culture, I knew our readers would love it!
Our latest video talks about this fashion book study! I selected three books that discuss the how, why, where, and who of fashion, clothing, luxury, and style. Lets learn how to dress again!
Over the next nine weeks, we will read, discuss, and learn what we are wearing. Pop over to Barnes and Noble, add the books to your Amazon cart, or pick them up at the library! Read a little bit more about the three books we will be studying:
The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski: Early 20th century women knew how to dress. We can all admit that the fashions from the 1900’s, the 20’s, the fourties and fifties were all stunning fashions that we long for. The clothes were beautiful and women lived their lives in them. They did not change into sweats to clean the house or make dinner. They had dresses for different occassions. In short, they knew the art of dressing. Przybyszewski dives into the history books and analyzes the women who taught America how to dress – the Dress Doctors. These experts took the country and made it well-dressed, creating beautiful, affordable, practical outfits for every woman in America. To be reviewed on June 10, 2014.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline: Did you ever wonder how shops like Forever 21 and H&M can sell tank tops for $2? The answer is pretty horrifying. What does cheap fashion mean? How, where, and why is it created? Once upon a time, women’s dresses cost the equivalent of $200 in today’s economy, and yet many of us would never spend $200 on a dress today. (Okay, we totally would, but that’s not the point) Why is fashion so cheap today? And what does cheap fashion mean for ourselves, our clothes, the economy, the environment? To be reviewed on July 1, 2014.
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it’s Luster by Dana Thomas: Those of us who balk at a $200 price tag probably do not understand luxury. To be honest, I don’t understand luxury clothing at its finest. Could we differentiate high-quality silk from processed, cheap silk? We probably do not know what luxury really is and what it means. Even the most luxurious brands today rely on their name, and not their quality, producing shoddy works created in China from polyester. I want to know about luxury – what is luxury? Where can we find it? Years ago, we insisted on luxurious fabrics from quality dressmakers. What happened to that luxurious lifestyle? To be reviewed on July 22, 2014.
I really hope you will join me on this book study! Read one book or all three! Tweet me, text me, e-mail me and lets chat about what we are wearing!