Refinery29: Style Stalking is a new street style book by Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi, the co-founders of the fashion site Refinery29. I have to admit, I’ve heard a lot about Refinery29 over the years, but it’s not a site I frequently read. However, I do love fashion and I get a lot of inspiration from seeing how clothes are styled in real life (ie not in fashion editorials) so I decided to check this book out. In my opinion, for the most part style books can only go one of two ways: they are either painfully obvious (little black dresses never go out of style!) or not practical for everyday life (as great as Harajuku street style is, it’s never going to work for me). I was pleasantly surprised by Refinery29: Style Stalking. The outfits are neither boring nor out of touch. This really is a great guide for how to incorporate runway trends into your everyday wardrobe.
There are plenty of great photos in this book, which is a must for a style guide. It is formatted almost like a magazine with tips next to each outfit. Refinery29: Style Stalking is divided into chapters based on trends: Brights, Layering, Ladylike, Black, Mixed Prints, Denim, Good Vintage, Ugly Pretty, Metallics, and Tomboy. Each chapter is then divided into sections: Basic Training (simple ways to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe), Style Moves (statement pieces for that trend), 1 Piece, 3 Ways (3 ways to style a piece of clothing), Rule Breakers (unusual ways to work the trend into your wardrobe), Year-Round (ways to wear the trend no matter the season), Q&A (Q&As with a fashionista about that specific trend), and Zoom Lens (close-up photos). I love that this book incorporates so many different trends and styles, so it’s easy for anyone to find something they like. The outfits and trends included are easy to duplicate. I wouldn’t wear every piece or even every trend in this book, but it is very easy to draw inspiration from and it’s also easy to tweak each outfit slightly to fit my style better. My favorite parts of the book (besides the pictures) were the 1 Piece, 3 Ways sections. It’s a pretty easy topic, but I loved seeing the different ways they styled each piece.
4 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Refinery29: Style Stalking from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.