Book Review: Style Stalking

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For the longest time, I have loved fashion. While my personal style taste leans more toward classic than trendy, I adore reading fashion magazines and blogs to check out the latest styles and to come up with ways to incorporate them into my own wardrobe.

That’s why I was excited to receive Style Stalking by Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi, the women behind the popular fashion blog Refinery 29. The book focuses on street style–aka, what you might see someone wear out and about around town versus what’s coming down the runway. Granted, the street style in the book is not quite the same as what I’d see on my own city streets, but then again, seeing unusual styles does make for fun reading.

The book is divided in different sections such as plaids, metallics, mixed prints, etc. with plenty of photos of each style category, including how to style a particular item three different ways. Although there were quite a few outfits that are just not my taste, I did find inspiration from a lot of the featured styles. There are also mini-interviews throughout the book with fashion icons and designers that offer insights into their own style.

All in all, this was a fun, easy read. How soon it will be dated remains to be seen; the problem with a book on fashion is that, unlike a magazine or blog, it can’t keep up with the fashion times quite so readily. Still, the book serves as a nice bit of eye candy for those who love to play dress up.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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