After reading one too many fashion books that offer the same fashion advice as the previous 10 fashion books I just read, I was delighted to read Closet Confidential: Style Secrets I Learned the Hard Way by Winona Dimeo-Ediger. Instead of dictating rules like you simply must stock your closet with crisp white shirts in spite of the fact that they are a stain magnet and they wrinkle the instant you put them on, Dimeo-Ediger offers advice for real women dressing for real life situations.
The book includes plenty of practical advice on things like budget friendly alternatives to spending $300.00 on designer jeans and how to layer different tops to create different looks. Closet Confidential also includes such sage wisdom as explaining what the hell a grandpa sweater is and translates the word for shoes in 9 different languages.
The irreverent tone throughout Closet Confidential makes it a highly entertaining read. The author gets the fact that fashion should be fun and her sense of fun combined with her passion for fashion make reading this book feel more like chatting with a fun loving friend about fashion than reading a serious style manual. Instead of giving you some strict formula for the "correct" way to dress, the book focuses on how to be comfortable and feel like you.