The One Hundred is a compilation of pieces Nina Garcia considers essential in any woman’s wardrobe. She not only identifies them but she also covers how the pieces should be worn on an everyday basis or to a classy vivacious event. Each piece is introduced by Nina. They are accompanied by memorable quotes, tips, amazing illustrations by Ruben Toledo, and most are supported by a Fashion 101 bit—which I especially enjoyed. (Did you know that the Jean was introduced in 1853 in response to miners need for sturdier clothes? Additionally, did you know that they were banned in the 1950’s by schools as they became notably associated to teenage rebellion? I didn’t—until now.) While I don’t believe that everything mentioned is an absolute must-have, the book does inspire one to consider a few pieces you wouldn’t otherwise consider as proper additions to one’s wardrobe, as they may be out of one’s comfort zone.
New on my wish list—thanks to this book—looks like this:
1. Aviator Glasses
2. A-Line Dress
3. Oversized Unconstructed Blazer
4. Cashmere Scarf
5. Camel Coat
6. The Chanel 2.55 – my choice of investment bags
7. Leather Pants
The cost of my endeavor, $6,755. Suffice it to say that my wish list will be fulfilled quite S. L. O. W. L. Y.
If I were to write a book like this, it’d be quite short. My list of essentials includes:
1. A classic strand of pearls
2. Stud earrings—pearl/diamond
3. Scarves—of various colors
4. Cardigans—of varying lengths & colors
5. Small Purse
6. LBD—Little Black Dress & Long Black Dress
7. Black Tights
8. Nude Patent Leather Pumps
9. Black Patent Leather Pumps
10. Polka Dots –lots and lots of polka-dot pieces
This list pretty much describes my day-to-day work attire—I leave experimentation for the weekend.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes cited book:
1. “Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.” - Sonja Henie
Alas! I have found another reason to splurge on more jewelry as I truly loath ironing, but my dislike is often masked by the fact that I sport a great deal of flowy dresses. These are prone to easily wrinkling, which I find more stylish…so I tell myself.
2. “Cock your hat – angles are attitude.” – Frank Sentatra
Don’t mind if I do!
3. “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” – Coco Chanel
It was this quote that made me realize that I am, actually, quite vulgar as I don’t own any “luxury” brand items.
4. “Basically, I’m the girl your mother warned you about.” – Dita Von Teese
Oh, Dita! You saucy minx. Wish I had the confidence to wear fishnets. Confidently.
About the book
The book can be found in various formats; the Kindle version ($10.23), hardcover ($16.18), and the paperback version for ($11.42). I purchased a lightly used hardcopy and I’ve very much enjoyed it. It’s so nice to read out of a physical book as opposed to a Kindle version—the format I’ve been sticking to lately as a means of managing my book collection.
The average rating for this book is four out of five stars. I happen to agree with this consensus. It is entertaining, visually pleasing and a bit educational—but dated. References to the BlackBerry and the iPod were noted as essentials. While both items are still around, I don’t see either as being significant investments.
If you’re interested in reading this book for FREE, let me know! I’d be happy to gift you my copy. Just send me a message on twitter with you mailing address.