I don't generally think of myself of an addict, but the fact is, when it comes to (certain) television shows, I'm a downright junkie. I'm like a character from LOST, pushing the darn button, week after week. I do go through phases -- but once I'm hooked, I've just gotta know: what happened this week?? And I'm not even a snob about it. I'm just as likely to fall for Modern Family (free) as I am for Entourage (cable - ouch!).
One of my longest running crushes: Mad Men ... Madison Ave in its heyday. Beautiful, wicked, tragic people wearing stunning clothes. Iconic 60's fashion in a haze of booze and cigarette smoke. What's not to love about Mad Men fashion? So when Anna at Hachette told me about The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men (Emmy award winner, Janie Bryant), I just had to have it -- so we could share it with you, of course.
Fashionistas will love the forward from January Jones and the stylish illustrations. You'll get a peek backstage, but pick up some pretty practical tips too. Here's a bit about "Comfort versus Chic" -- a topic I can especially relate to (mostly because I'm a transgressor in just about every category!)
Have fun discovering your inner Betty or Joan ...
Comfort versus Chic
Just as the right accessories can enliven any outfit, the right pieces will surely main a stylish silhouette. I refer to those items as "fashion felons" and can guarantee that they never play nice with other separates. Sneakers, for instance, are appropriate only for athletics. And don't think that you can get away with them while running errands. You can find a smart, chic alternative that's equally easy on the feet. Skeptical? Read on.
Fashion felon: A shapeless tee
The white T-shirt, first issued by the navy was originally designed as an undershirt beneath a uniform. But ever since the fifties, it has become an American staple and tripled in size (I'm not talking about the huge, trendy tees with shoulder pads form the eighties either.) If you're swimming in a T-shift, your silhouette suddenly appears as vast as the ocean. Toss this top or relegate it to attire for garden work or attic cleaning.
You don't need to banish tees. Just be sure to find a style that doesn't swallow you whole, and opt for little feminine accents like a puffed sleeve or a low ballet back. Ruching on the sides will slim your outline and three-quarter sleeves are always flattering. Experiment with varied necklines like a V, cowl, or boatneck style. A cotton tunic is just as breathable as a tee. Plus you get a wink at your natural curves and femininity.
Fashion felon: Visible panty lines
These pesky undergarment outlines disrupt the flow of a tailored silhouette. Plus they hardly flatter the backside. Similarly, a protruding panty strap looks more unkempt than alluring.
The thong -- originally worn by men more than 50,000 years ago as a loincloth -- is one handy solution for eradicating panty lines. If you're averse to the style, girdle-inspired shapewear will certainly do the trick.
Fashion felon: Visible protruding midriffs, AKA muffin-tops, and bra back bulges
Again these disruptions to your contours break up that natural long line of the body.
If you're not blessed with a slim torso, replace low-rise jeans with a high-waisted style that doesn't pinch at the midriff. A well-fitted bra should eradicate back bulges ...
Fashion felon: Disheveled sneakers
Perhaps the perceptually chic Parisians abhor jogging because it would force them to wear running shoes? A pair of slipshod sneakers, with scuff marks or grass stains, should be worn only for athletic reasons or to a sporting event. In my opinion, they defy femininity.
Flat-heeled boots, ballet flats, summer sandals, and espadrilles all make perfect alternatives. Or try a pair of slip-on canvas skimmers in a vivid red, green, or floral print, which look cute with jeans, shorts, or even a summer mini dress.
Does this book sound up your alley? Leave a comment below describing your fashion style and we will select one winner to receive their own copy.
Excerpts reprinted with permission from Hachette Book Group.
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