BOOKCLUBBIN' : Tim Gunn's A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style
Jan 09, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
For Christmas this year, Santa slipped down my chimney Tim Gunn's handy dandy tome on all things classy, A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. Perhaps the big man was trying to tell me something, but I nonetheless was eager to explore what words of dry wit and wisdom Ms. Gunn had to share with me. Taking a break from making his usual acerbic asides and berating the brash hopefuls of Project Runway -- with a little help from Parsons colleague and co-writer Kate Moloney -- Gunn tells you how to get the most out of your wardrobe and, of course, how to "make it work."
What owning this book says about you: "Sure, I'm a slob, but at least I'm willing to admit it, dammit." Gunn truly offers a lot of useful style tips from dressing for your particular body shape to organizing your closet, even how to walk like a friggin' lady. Think of him as the Professor Higgins to your Eliza Dolittle.
What will people say?: "Money can't buy you class, what makes you think this book can?" Timbo is nothing if not practical -- perhaps a little too practical -- and he lets you know from the get-go that this book isn't supposed to change who you are, just improve and enhance. It's not like you're going to go from Guidette to Countess after thumbing through, but if you need to know the difference between Black Tie, White Tie and California Casual, both you and your friends could benefit from Gunn's guidance.
How this book will make your fashion brain grow: Alongside the sartorial tips, Gunn adds a plethora of fashion facts and historical figures that take this above and beyond your usual self-help book. As incredible as it seems, I hadn't even heard of Deeda Blair, one of Tim's childhood heroines and the most likely inspiration for Cruella de Vil, before now.
If you like this, you'll love: Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work, Tim's follow-up to his popular guide offers even more taste tips, poise points and conduct cues.