“Stylish dressing can be highly individual, friendly to all figures, and deliciously creative. When women are taught to dress expressively and personally, they link looking good in their clothing to feeling good about their bodies. Style should highlight the aspects of your physical form that make you swell with pride. Style should be accessible to all women. Style should empower all women. And it absolutely can! Clothes are vehicles for self-expression, and there is no wrong way to express yourself.”
This quote from Sally McGraw’s first book, Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress It Well, sums up Sally’s body-positive, inclusive and highly encouraging style philosophy. In six roll-up-your-sleeves chapters she illustrates how cultivating personal style can foster self-love and self-respect. She offers tools and exercises to help you dress for the woman you are right now and create a style that is unique and truly your own. I liked that the “fundamentals of figure flattery” chapter has many tips on how to highlight or downplay every aspect of your figure, but also emphasizes that you’re the one in charge. After all, conventional figure flattery rules are not the be-all and end-all of personal style. The book also features outfit pictures of many fashion bloggers representing a broad range of ages, shapes, sizes, heights and ethnicities. With their help, Sally demonstrates how to make your clothes work for you, and not the other way around.
Sally, who created the Already Pretty blog, is one of several successful style bloggers and street style photographers who are now also publishing their work in the form of a traditional book. It’s a growing trend in the blogosphere that is undoubtedly here to stay. In September Tavi Gevinson from Style Rookie has her first book coming out, and next year we can look forward to a collection of essays by The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine. In the meantime here’s a round-up of seven other bloggers who are bringing their blogs to our bookshelves.
- How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less by Kathryn Finney from The Budget Fashionista.
- Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen from Advanced Style.
- What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style by Jessica Quirk from What I Wore.
- Facehunter by Yvan Rodic from the blog of the same name.
- The Sartorialist and his brand new book The Sartorialist: Closer, to be released on 29 August, by Scott Schuman, creator of the The Sartorialist blog.
- Tomboy Style by Lizzie Garrett Mettler from the blog of the same name.
- Style Yourself with Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes as the main contributor.
We are adding a new category to YLF Books for books by style bloggers and you will notice these titles starting to appear.
What do you think of the move from blog to book?