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Overview

A few lucky women have been born with style — think Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Onassis — but for most of us, style is something that comes with time and experience. Above all, style begins with a sense of who you are and your self-confidence. Style comes from opening yourself to the world around you — to books and movies, art, music, travel, and especially to other people.
In this upbeat and engaging book, designer Kate Spade talks about the many people and experiences that have inspired her. For Kate, movies as varied as The Swimmer and The Red Balloon have influenced her vision of style, as have such places as Mexico (where she and her husband, Andy, vacation each year), Napa Valley, and her hometown of Kansas City.
In the pages of Style, you'll find a large section devoted to the colors Kate most loves and suggestions for combining them. Accessories, which are the backbone of her wardrobe, are given full treatment here, including shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, and jewelry; and a portfolio of Kate's personal favorites from her own closet is showcased. Style in the office, evening style, even ideas for style when you travel and when you play are all featured here. The last section of Style focuses on maintaining your wardrobe, including tips on organizing your closet, caring for vintage clothes, and keeping your jewelry in good condition.
Style, with 230 watercolor illustrations, is a wonderfully personal and friendly book intended for readers of all ages and style temperaments. If there's one rule Kate espouses, it's that true style comes when you follow your own rules. Moreover, as the writers William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White once wrote, "To achieve style, begin by affecting none."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743250672
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/14/2004
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 664,666
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Have You Ever Wondered ... ?4
Introduction10
Section 1Style and the World13
Finding Style in All the Right Places
Books
Movies
Art
Design/Architecture
Tradition/Modernism
Kate On Style: A Work in Progress
Think Pink
Pattern Crazy
Achieving Your Style and Letting Go of Style
Section 2Style, Start to Finish57
Everyday Style
In the Office
At Play
For a Party
Accessory Style
Seasonal Style
Travel Style
Section 3Maintaining Style91
Forever Clothes
Wardrobe Classics
Organizing Your Closet
Wardrobe ABCs
Caring for Your Clothes
Jewelry
Thank You108
Select Bibliography110

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Style 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book completely fails to fulfill the expectations of someone who hopes to read about Style. It is an extremely simple book expressing Kate Spade's likes and dislikes, the title should be somewhere around 'The things that I like' lines, I felt I was reading a childrens' book. No depth, very flat and with a misleading title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just by looking at this book you learn about style. Not full of the usual junk, this book is the core of style. Instead of telling you what shoes to put with tan trousers, Kate Spade gives examples of how to create your own signature by understanding what sets you off as an individual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A complete guide that will help and encourage you to express your own style, from books and movies, how to organize your closet, to how to take care of your vintage clothes. It's an essential for any young woman.
truesally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has some interesting and helpful tips, but Kate Spade's Style is really about precious layout & graphics. I love to just page through it when I'm feeling funky, write down or just commit to memory a few fun ideas, then put it back on a side table to be pretty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quite surprised to receive such a small book. Although it is helpful for a person like me who is trying to develop my own style, it lacks in the illustration department. True, Kate Spade is a powerhouse and fashion icon but I think the publishers could have offered more content for the price. It's a five year old book now and classic style will always be "in", but there are parts that already seem dated.
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