Friday, October 14, 2016

Cheap Chic - (book)

Wondering what to wear?  Doing some fall shopping?  Lets take the time machine back a few decades.  I came across this book, which was reissued, in the library.

Originally published in 1975, "Cheap Chic" has been brought back with a forward by Tim Gunn.

It is amazing how relevant the book and style advice remains.  It was considered cutting edge when first published but now you would see the fashion ideas and advice everywhere.  Buy basics and have a fairly minimal wardrobe.  Shop anywhere from high end boutiques to thrift shops.

I enjoyed the "vintage" photos.  Most of them show outfits you would very likely see on the street today.

Apparently "Cheap Chic" has long been a touchstone for fashion writers and  now a fashion bloggers.  Original copies sell for hundreds of dollars I understand.

I enjoyed the book but most of all I was astonished by how it felt as though it could have been written yesterday.

Anyone familiar with either the original or the reissued book?  


  1. I have not seen or read this book, but I have lived long enough to see all those fashions hitting the stores again.

  2. Very cool!!
    I follow of bunch of upcycle/vintage bloggers - so inspirational!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Darla.

  3. I am not familiar with this book - probably because I am not particularly interested in fashion and usually buy and wear what I like, no matter whether it is fashionable or not. I tend to wear my clothes for several years, until they fall apart. But it is interesting to see how this book and the advice in it is still relevant after so many years.

  4. I have not heard of the book, but it reminds me of the Shabby Chic idea which has been popular here for a long time. I will look out for this book, as it must be a fun read.

  5. I've never heard of that book, but when I was looking through "back to school" clothing ads, I thought how much the clothes looked like the ones I wore in the 1980s. Now I dress for comfort, not style, but back then, both were very important to me.

    BTW, up until a few months ago, I had never heard of Tim Gunn!

  6. That title is ringing a bell and I am sure I read it. Of course, following hard on the heels of Cheap Chic was Dressing for Success by John Molloy (same publication year) which doomed us hitting the job market to several years of suits and blouses with a floppy tie at the throat instead of buttons. DFS was all but mandatory reading as my fellow women classmates at law school prepared for job interviews. I did NOT dress for success but chose to clerk for a non-profit so I could wear jeans to work!

  7. I've never heard of the book, but it sounds helpful. I've never had a stylish day in my life lol