Most helpful positive review
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A great find!
on 21 September 2001
A fab book containing all you need to know about recognising quality clothes and accessories - really useful even if you don't shop vintage!
Weil describes the different types of fabrics, tells you what details to look out for and how to care for your stuff. She also goes through the various types of secondhand shops and what you're likely to find in them. The book insists a lot on designer names, but the information can be applied to no-brand stuff as well.
What she doesn't do is give you an in-depth history of fashion - although there is a summary of the main silhouettes of the 20th century, decade by decade. She also won't tell you how to integrate your vintage finds with your everyday wardrobe.
All in all, it's a really good foundation book - everything your mum should have taught you about buying good clothes! And there's a list at the back of recommended brick-and-mortar and online shops.