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What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style [Paperback]

Jessica Quirk
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 July 2011
Personal style expert Jessica Quirk approaches getting dressed just as you would plan the perfect meal: With a smartly stocked pantry and a few gorgeous “spotlight ingredients,” inspiration comes easily.

In What I Wore, named after her enormously popular blog, Jessica shares recipes for creating a stellar wardrobe to get you through spring, summer, fall, and winter. From delicates (bras, slips, lingerie) to the basics every woman should have (black pants, white shirts, knee-high leather boots) to the dramatic touches that set just the right tone (scarves, jewelry, handbags), she shows you how to take your look from ordinary to outstanding without breaking the bank. Inside you’ll discover how to
• remix the clothing you already have for dozens of fresh, pulled-together looks
• become a smarter shopper and always get the most bang for your buck
• create wow-worthy ensembles for special occasions, weekends, and the office
• supplement basics and investment pieces with fun and inexpensive accessories
Plus you’ll learn tailoring tricks, handy hints, and packing tips to ensure that you always leave the house looking your best. Loaded with hundreds of vibrant, original illustrations and unique suggestions for combining colors, patterns, and textures, What I Wore will help you feel stylish and confident, each and every day.

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What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style + You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You + Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion
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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (5 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345526104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526106
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Laura
I'm a big fan of the blog 'What I Wore' and the way Jessica puts together stylish, colourful outfits which are highly wearable in real life and not just for posing as many fashion blogs seem to be. I'm really happy with this book. It has advice on building a wardrobe that is versatile yet fun and how to prune and add items as the seasons change to maintain versatility. Outfits are drawn rather than photographed and this adds to the charm. I love the sketched outfits showing how to mix and wear a few garments in many different ways and for all seasons and occasions.

I'm a big fan of style/fashion books and would rather spend a few quid extra for a book over a glossy fashion magazine full of advertisements so have read a few. Many seem to fall into the trap of formulaic dressing and lists of brands we 'should' have to show we've made it as a style maven (LV speedy, Chanel classic flap.....yawn zzz) This book is a breath of fresh air as it doesn't go down that route. Worth a look!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed 11 July 2011
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I've been reading Jessica's blog(whatiwore.tumblr.com)for some time now, I just love how she can put an outfit together and her use of colour and style to make something her own; therefore I just had to have her book and I'm very happy. The book is filled with lots of her drawings and gives good practical advice on how to make your wardrobe work for you. It also gives you great tips on what not to wear - those fashion mistakes we've all probably made in the past. Can't recommend highly enough - thanks Jessica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 12 Jan 2014
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This was an excellent gift, the receiver found it to be an excellent book which she will treasure for a very long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a different book about fashion 16 Sep 2013
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Four stars for the very elegant Jessica Quirk, because she has written a book about clothes, but a book different from all the others. I know the author from her blog, and there would not be any reason for me to bye the book if i would not have taken a glimpse of the stucture of its content, which is unique. The author starts from the outline of a real closet, one particular season of the year, gives very sensible advices (choose one basic colour, then add small pieces in a contrasting colour) and navigates through the four seasons of the year keeping some of the clothes, and adding new ones. The drawings are fantastic, give a very clear idea of how to multiply your outfits using a limited number of items, and the outfits illustrated are logical, yet, very modern, with a touch of the fashionista perspective. Almost everything can be worn by women from 15 to 55 years old -which is extremely rare, usually the books on wardobe are adressed to specific ages, for teenagers, for the mid-thirties, for over 40, etc.
I deduct one star from my rating because i would like to push Jessica to write something bigger, with many more pages and even more suggestions as far as the details are conserned -e.g. rules about the use of colour, 20 ways to tie a scarf, advices about make up, everything. I am looking forward for the next book.
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  45 reviews
142 of 150 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book Title Says It All: What I {Jessica Quirk} Wore 7 July 2011
By hypermetria - Published on Amazon.com
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Like another reviewer said, this book is all about Jessica Quirk. Every drawing in the book is simply a drawing of an outfit she's worn. Something else that really bothered is that she encourages you to make your wardrobe appropriate for your situation in life (office worker needs more professional clothes, student needs more comfortable clothes, etc), but then all of her "advice" in the book is aimed at someone who works in an office-type setting. This is evidenced by the work outfits she talks about for each season (which, by the way, are just drawings of her own clothes). I can see why she's proud of her book. It's perfectly applicable to...her. A lot of the book is centered around her (winter dressing can be fun because that's when her b-day is, back to school shopping meant her mom was going to sew clothes for her, or the fact that upon hearing she's lived in NY, people in Indiana ask her if she's seen celebs everyday). Besides all of the drawings being her own clothing, the advice is geared to someone in her socioeconomic class, culture, and work setting. Even though she claims that you can follow this advice on a "lean" budget, and says explains the idea of reduced cost per wear, the simple fact is that many of us do not have tons of money to drop on "investment" pieces or the privilege of time (and money!) to sew our own clothes. I don't begrudge her that lifestyle, and I honestly have not problem with it, but I feel like a style manual should be a lot more accessible and universal to people of different tastes, income levels, and life stages. Even if you do live the same lifestyle as her, you'll find that there is very little content. If you look at her blog, it's heavy on the pictures, very light on the writing. The book is the same way, and even then, the writing that is there isn't uncovering any secrets of style, but simply things like "if it's too cold to wear a skirt by itself, try it with tights."

I wanted to like this book, because I am a reader of the blog, and I kind of feel bad for writing a negative review, but I've got to tell the truth like I see it. I sadly cannot say that I liked it. I didn't absolutely hate this book, but it was very disappointing, to say the least. I wanted to learn how to apply style to myself, not hear all about Jessica's anecdotes and see Jessica's outfits. The title of the book is unfortunately accurate...it's about Jessica. I'm sure she's a sweet person and I wish her well, but honestly, this book sucked and is NOT worth the $10 I spent.
109 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you only want to know what the author wears buy this book. 5 July 2011
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I bought the e-book version of this book because I have been a reader of WIW and wanted to support Jessica but I felt like this book was only about Jessica and not about what EVERY woman should wear. When I read this book I realized it is a 1 note kind of thing. All of the outfits are what would look good only on her body type and it's not about what would look good on several different body types. I don't fit the mold so I don't relate. I'm sure she would say, "then it's not for you," but that's what I thought style books were about - how everyone can translate something into something that works for them. Reading this also made me realize that her outfits have become less creative and fun as her blog got more attention and popularity and that a lot of these illustrations are pictures of things she's received c/o a brand. Is that more advertisement? I'm a little disappointed and would suggest you buy Nina Garcia's book or a What Not to Wear book if you're really looking for a global style perspective. Perhaps her next book will be more inclusive and not exclusive.
71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. 13 July 2011
By kc2010 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to get this book after seeing it on her website.
My first disappointment was to see how tiny and thin the book was.
I was hoping it was more about how to build your own wardrobe and tips on how to put outfits together.
HOWEVER, this book is mostly all about the authors wardrobe/style. Some of the looks in the book are quite dated... and very vintage looking, as in non modern.
I thought that she would use real photos of what she wore and drawings of outfits she could think of and give examples of to individuals that will look good on them-- however all the drawings were of her and her old outfits. If i just wanted to see her old outfits i would have looked on her blog.

In the book it said that she used to work for a high end designer, well after reading this book i would not think she could have.
Another thing that bothered me is the outfits that she picked only compliment her body type-- therefore it would not help most of the women who have another body type.
90 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is just silly. 5 July 2011
By Waffles McGee - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, I've followed WIW for a long time but when I saw that this book is just a vanity project filled with doodles(not photographs) of her exact wardrobe I was appalled.
For starters, you don't even have to buy the book for the drawings because they're all on her site and since she's digging up outfits from years gone by, there are items that are seriously dated and aren't staples at all.

Secondly, Jessica doesn't take her own advice and this is what is truly disappointing. Her closet is full of clothes that are given to her for free by sponsors and anything of quality was GIVEN to her so I don't know how she can give advice on telling women how to spend their shopping budget. Whatever she has purchased without sponsor $$ have been completely hideous. Oddly enough she's showcasing her shoe collection but she only wears two pairs in any given season, both impractical for walking admittedly.

Another reason why this book is a serious disappointment is that it's all about her, I'm not 5'9, I'm small and wear a size XS. I don't really find anything useful visually and I get more practical advice and examples from any fashion magazine each month.

Last but not least, if you are trying to wear a half slip or any slip at all with a MINI skirt, I'd think you're better off buying a lined skirt(ahem, quality) or wear a boyshort underwear in the same color as the skirt or "shapewear" briefs so the skirt moves independently of the skirt if you want some additional coverage and won't ride up exposing your hoo-ha's.

I liked Jessica for what she was back when she was into thrifting and was much MUCH more creative and dressed appropriately for her age. But for the past few years she's been primarily spewing self help nonsense and shoving any old sponsored clothes in the readers faces. Her writing has NEVER been her strong point and she really didn't need to write a book because it simply isn't what she's good at. Spending $10 on a book by an author who doesn't take her own advice to tell me "but no matter what ANYone says, just wear whatever makes you feel good because that's all that matters" is...silly.

Conclusion: If you're curious, pick through it in the bookstore and glean anything remotely useful to you there.

I feel great in a sequined polyester jumpsuit, btw.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Buying 20 July 2011
By Safron - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an OK book, nothing special and I think there's better style books out there. I was kinda disappointed at how thin the book is. I went through the whole book in less than an hour and don't feel as inspired as when I'm reading her blog. The illustrations are really good but overall, it's not worth buying, I suggest just reading her blog!
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