It seems a handful of fashion bloggers (95 to be exact) have come together to create a style book for the masses titled “Style Yourself.” Now correct me if I’m wrong but the wonderful thing about blogs is that they are free to read and style advice is readily available on millions of websites according to your specific tastes.The bloggers that have contributed to this book are on my google reader which I flip through everyday without fail and while doing so I amass a spectacular hourly education on style and evolving tastes around the globe. I adore these bloggers and what they have added to the world for beauty and inspiration. For me, having that woven together for a book is a collosal waste as style changes every single second on this planet. For example, this season’s must have sheer may be next season’s fashion don’t. That’s why it’s particularly hard to do anything with style advice in print that isn’t a monthly magazine left to the recycling as soon as the next issue arrives in the mail. This has always been the problem with style books that aren’t basic reference material.
Now on the other hand, if you wanted to look at this book as a sort of keepsake/memory book of our style trends for 2011 I would be all for it! To keep this little ditty on your bookshelf for reference as to what we were putting together in 2011-12 is a fine idea. However, that’s why I keep each and every Vogue. That’s why I bookmark Susie Bubble or Sea of Shoes on a daily basis.
I am the biggest supporter of blogger efforts and I’m all for seeing blogs more forward. As fashion bloggers we broke away from traditional media to start a new world for fashion – one that’s free and open to the world and one that’s always evolving. However, I’m not sure this is a blogger product I’ll run out to buy immediately. Will you?
In case you are interested in purchasing this new book, Amazon.com gives the following product description:
Style Yourself is the perfect personal-style handbook—and gift!—for fashionistas of the digital age. This book presents the best of fashion bloggers, with tons of outfit ideas and expert tips that show you how to apply high-fashion inspiration to your everyday wardrobe.
In this innovative guide to personal style, 95 of the world’s premier fashion bloggers—whose sites receive over 500,000 daily visits combined—give hundreds of coveted insider tips, which are sure to delight teens, industry experts, and urban professionals alike. These new taste-makers (including Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie, and Susie Lau of Style Bubble) boldly lead the way toward fresh personal style, sharing rich images of their wardrobe inspiration and glimpses into their personal fashion philosophies.
With eight comprehensive chapters, Style Yourself has you covered—from your head to your toes! Hundreds of illustrated and annotated garments provide readers with classic fit and styling advice, and for each type of garment, you’ll find examples of how to rock it from the blogosphere’s hyper-chic members . . . from Stockholm to Cape Town, and Osaka to Milan.