I’ve just read this book What to Wear, Where: The How-to Handbook for Any Style Situation and got to say at the end of the day it wasn’t terribly useful.
Which is not to suggest that the outfits weren’t fantastic, because they were, or that it wasn’t thorough, because it most definitely was, with all sorts of different events covered. The big issue for me was the fact that they’re young (twenties) and slender and very into trends of the moment. If that describes you it’s well worth a look. For an overweight, fourty-something not so helpful.
And the other thing I found frustrating was that they wore a different outfit for every occassion. There wasn’t one single piece that was repeated by either of the girls. Which, unless you’re a celebrity or very wealthy is not so likely to happen. I guess what I’m really looking for is a group of clothing and a bunch of outfit ideas mixing and matching those pieces.
Still, that was just me, and if you are looking for good outfit ideas this is a decent resource. They cover lots and lots of different events and how to mix and match colours, textures and pull together outfits.
According to Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, the authors of the book, the basic rules for event dressing are:
- LOCATION – where are you going and what will the weather be
- ATTENDEES – if the guests are all going to be conservative lawyers then that’s a good guide
- FABRICS – is the fabric right for the time of year, are you wearing sequins to a job interview?
- TAILORING – make sure your clothing fits
- BALANCE – is your skin to clothing ratio correct for the event?
- PRESENTATION – be neat and tidy
- BEAUTY – be appropriately groomed
- CURRENT TRENDS – add a current trend to the outfit, even if it’s predominantly classics
This was not so helpful to me and I didn’t finish the book, which is not to suggest it might not work for you, and it is a good source of outfit ideas.