I’ve had this book on my coffee table for a year now, and never got around to sharing it with you. But since I’m feeling under the weather this week, and have been reading it again, I just had to. This book will brighten your day as well as make you more fashion savvy. What on earth are you wearing? An illustrated encyclopedia of fashion, by Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock is a must-have for women from all ages. The illustrations by Kat Macleod are adorable and sometimes quirky.
The narrator is “Michi,” a fashion forward gal who’s got all the answers to the fashion alphabet. She anwers questions- such as “Lace: With so many holes, shouldn’t it cost less?” makes fun of fashion pieces like “Shrug: a small and indecisive jacket.” and she gives us more than once a reality check, with definitions like “Handbag: A sack generally costing more than its contents”. Or: “Couture something you can’t afford, and even if you could, you probably wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it.” The glossary of the fashion world according to Michi’s is funny, sophisticated, surprising and a bit ironic. If you need a good laugh, reading 2 pages will do. It is a leisurely book to use as a conversation starter, or as a bed time read to go to sleep with a grin on your face.