If You Can't Get To NYFW

If you can’t go to NYFW, don’t bother reading most of the runway coverage.

Last night, I stayed up until after midnight reading a bunch of high brow-ish critiques of the Spring 2015 runways and you know what? They were B-O-R-I-N-G!

And from what I’ve seen and read, some of the biggest trends are braids, no lipstick and flats. For the love of all that is good and decent in the world, I want to know where the heck the GLAMOUR is? Another reason to tune out some of the more self-important coverage and look at style guides instead.

True confession – I have dozens (of style guides). Some collect dust while I look at others over and over. These are 3 of the better ones and some of my all time favorites because they’re fun to read, informative and inspiring.

Just about everyone can relate to Amanda Brooks’ stories about her own style tragedies (like suburban skate punk or cookie cutter prep) and hard won triumphs. There’s also plenty more personal stories, shopping lists and pictures of modern day muses.

I’ve always wanted to look like a Ruben Toledo illustration. His work is reason enough to buy Nina’s book. RT’s contribution aside though, Nina offers up an extended checklist of must have’s that will help you justify maxing out your credit card. Just kidding. Kind of.

Rachel Zoe’s first book makes you want to run out and drape yourself in jewels, maxi skirts and Gucci. She breaks down and demystifies her part boho, part glam look here, taking us from her days of buying furs in thrift shops to her current closets and collections of Missoni and Chanel.

Photo Courtesy: I <3 Your Style, The One Hundred an Style A to Zoe Book photos, Amazon