The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable Hardcover – 7 Feb 2008
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'Bright as a button and bitingly funny to boot. This guide to all things fashionable is quite the page-turner' -- London Lite
'Reclaiming fashion for the savvy modern woman, The Meaning of Sunglasses is light-hearted and smart' -- Irish Examiner
'Refreshingly down-to-earth. I found myself laughing aloud' -- Guardian
A witty, tongue-in-cheek demystification of fashion - a wry, philosophical A-Z that conveys fashion's delirium and delights
-- Easy Living
An irresistible combination of insider's fashion knowledge, myth-busting common sense and a sparky sense of humour -- Elle
Good fashion writers with a clear, clever voice are rare and wonderful things. Hadley Freeman is one of them. Brilliant. -- Observer
Proof, at last, that fashion can be smart and funny -- Harper's Bazaar
In this funny, chic and wise book, award-winning fashion writer Hadley Freeman separates the nonsense from the fabulous and shows that falling in love with an It bag doesn't mean you have the IQ of an It girl. Ever the entertaining guide, Hadley shows how to wear shorts without looking like an extra in "Hamlet", what to spend money on, and what not to, and why only harpists should wear velvet. And most of all, she shows that you don't need to be thin, young, tall or rich to enjoy fashion, you just need a sense of humour. If you've ever lusted after an improbably priced key ring, wondered why there's a large chunk of fashion that girls get but boys don't, got into an exuberant state at a party and left your clutch 'bag' in the ladies or spent fruitless hours worrying about what to wear on a date, this is the book for you.See all Product description
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If you are looking for something useful, you are not going to find it here. Arranged alphabetically, entries are often over-written rants that are trying to be witty but more often than not fail.
Oh, and someone should have pointed out that referring to something as “mongy” is completely and utterly unacceptable.
But pedantry apart, there's much to delight in this book, not least that it doesn't leave the (extremely) average woman feeling utterly inadequate in every respect.
Hadley incisively pins down that so much behind fashion and beauty marketing is that it can make us closer to those two holy grail states of being (as determined by the same said industries) - Thinner And Younger.
Once she points this out, so much falls into place. We don't need to fall for this and feel guilty if we were are not doing our utmost to be those things - why are they 'better' in the first place - instead Hadley opens up our world to enjoying fashion because it can be beautiful and fun. If you like her columns in the Guardian you will like this, and if you hate fashion and feel it is shallow, evil and manipulative, then you should read this too - that is just fashion marketing - fashion itself is art you get to wear on a daily basis. Also bloody funny.