We’re floored by the sheer number of style books in bookstores now–how many times can we bear to read about the quest for the perfect LBD, or the fact that nearly every woman in America wears the wrong size bra? We took a stroll through the bookstore to find the best of the worse advice being touted today. Check it out:
We admit, there’s a lot to be learned from Victoria Beckham. The woman bagged David Beckham, and can work an airport in a pair of 8 inch heels like nobody’s business. But as much as she pretends she’s the everyday woman–she’s just…not. Case in point: these excerpts from her book That Extra Half An Inch ($13.59).
Beckham’s Advice: One style I really love is the starchy tulle skirt. Wear it with a narrow, body-skimming top. When I wear shorts in the summer, I tend to pair them with a simple T-shirt and thick-heeled boots. Whenever I’m pregnant, I make my own maternity jeans by taking a normal pair, cutting V shapes in the side and stitching elastic there.
The Verdict: The tutu Carrie Bradshaw look had its moment–in 1998. And we know you’re from England, Posh, but ever since Pretty Woman, thick heeled boots with shorts have been pretty much a no-go, only for go-gos. As for making our own maternity jeans, we’ll leave that to Martha Stewart. Nice try, though.
The One Hundred: A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own ($14.95) by Nina Garcia is filled with must-have “essentials” we can’t afford: capes, cowboy boots, and leather pants.
Garcia’s Advice: Cowboy boots are just as acceptable with cocktail dresses as they are with jeans and t-shirts. Wearing leather pants means something. It’s primal, it’s sexy and it means you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll. A cape is a garment often associated with Superman and Dracula.–it’s bold, mysterious, and powerful.
Verdict: We’re only going to say this once: Don’t wear cowboy boots with a cocktail dress. Ever. The only thing “rock ‘n roll” about too-tight leather pants is those 75 year-old fans with muffin tops who refuse to admit their glory days are over. And that must-have cape? We’ll leave it to the Twilight fans, thanks.
David Zyla styles for Broadway and soap operas like General Hospital, Port Charles and All My Children. He dresses very outlandish characters, so maybe that’s why his advice in The Color of Style ($16.70) is well, dramatic. Take note:
Zyla’s Advice: When we wear the colors that reveal our true self, we flourish. Let go of your color bias. Your romantic color is the color reflected by your flushed skin, which reveals your passion, your sexual energy. Wear it on a hot date or any time you want your passion to show.
Verdict: Actually, it’s when we wear the colors that reveal our only truly clean clothes that we really flourish. Our color bias? We have a real issue with teal–do we really have to have a sit down, Jill Zarin-style, and work things out? We’ve got a better solution for revealing our passion: A push-up bra and a miniskirt. Done and done.