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Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  494 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
We must all listen to Nina Garcia. Sharp and genuine, her advice can make or break an outfit."
--Tim Gunn, Fashion Consultant and Mentor of "Project Runway"
"Believe me--there's pressure when you're deciding what to wear to a meeting with an iconic fashion designer or a member of the press. It can be terrifying. But instead of panicking, I stop, take a deep breath, and rem
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published 2010 by Voice/Hyperion
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May 04, 2011 Eileen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Argh, erased review!

Essentially, this book betrays Nina Garcia's lack of ability to consider other points of view. In her brain, all women are rich, live in Manhattan or similar upscale urban areas, dress for professional office jobs, and walk seldom enough to regularly wear ridiculous shoes. She discusses what women should wear for specific occasions, including several occasions that only very highly privileged women would ever experience. For instance, who on earth regularly schedules appointm
Karissa J Murrell Myers
I feel like this book was more about "How to Look Like Nina Garcia in Every Situation" than it was a book about fashion.
Mar 11, 2016 Relyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary Jo from Trust Your Style blog
My favorite thing about this book is Ruben Toledo's art. His watercolors of high-stylin' fashionistas are wonderful. I had never heard of Nina Garcia before, (no TV, remember) so I didn't know what to expect when I read about her book on Mary Jo's blog. Everyone seemed to gush about it and when I got to my library website there was a huge backlog of requests for it. That certainly made me curious. While I don't necessarily think that the women I know need a book to tell us what to wear on each o ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pe Nina Garcia am „cunoscut-o” prima oară atunci când m-am apucat de vizionat Project Runway, reality show-ul care timp de unsprezece sezoane a adunat ce e mai bun dintre designerii aspiranți, pe care a încercat să îi lanseze în lumea modei. Cu o carieră în domeniu ce datează din anii 80, din care opt ani petrecuți la Elle și aproape șase la Marie Claire, ambele posturi în calitate de Fashion Director, pot să afirm cu încredere că e o femeie care știe despre ce vorbește. Și totuși, experiența va ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book at the dollar store. I KNOW a whole dollar. I purchased it mainly for the the art work. IT Is amazing. They have a picture of the Queen Elizabeth and I want to blow it up and put it in my room. I love Queen Elizabeth and love the blub about her. Sorry I know alot of women are not working in a major city and need the whole high power outfits but I still like the advice so far. I swear ladies we are way too comfortable now adays. I want to reenact the fifties or mad men in my close ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fashion, style, 2011
The bookstore where I worked for the past 11 years recently closed. So I am embarking on a new job search. The other day while fretting over having to update my resume, it occurred to me that not only do I not have an outfit to interview in, my current wardrobe is only appropriate for a Starbucks employee. Because of the dress code at my former job, my closet is full of black polo style shirts and khakis. Right now the only social invitation I can accept from you is one where I'll be making latt ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This week was full speed ahead girly mode: bought new shoes, looked at a lot of fashiony pictures online and read Nina Garcia's Look Book. In case you don't know who she is, Nina Garcia is one of the judges on Project Runway and is the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine. In short the woman knows fashion and from what I've seen is pretty good at being practical without compromising style. So naturally I was curious what her choices would be when it comes to all of those instances when we s ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was prepared to completely hate this book, but it was better than expected. I still think the idea of someone else needing to tell you how to dress in general is weird. That being said, there was actually some very good advice in this book.

Almost 100% of the good advice is in the first section of the book which deals with work (interviews, office parties, et cetera). She even made a point I didn't consider that when attending a work party you are trying to network at, wearing too many fantasti
Rebecca Schweitzer
Mar 15, 2011 Rebecca Schweitzer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever wondered what to wear
Shelves: 2011
The best modern guide for what to wear anywhere.

Pros: If you've ever wondered what to wear to an afternoon garden wedding or how to dress for that job interview, you've probably been able to find some sort of dressing guide to help. But what do you wear to break up with that sweet guy who just isn't right for your? And what about the first day at your new job? How should one dress for a blind date or therapy since both situations will have people making conclusions based on your outfit. This is
K.l. Bester
Oct 12, 2015 K.l. Bester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of her advice has to be taken with a grain of salt (sorry, not everyone can afford a 'simple' pair of Louboutins!) but she has some good advice which can certainly be translated into the real world where most of us live and shop. And the artwork! I believe I've now read and ogled all of the books by this dynamic author/illustrator duo. Fabulous.
Jun 13, 2014 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fashion
This is a great book to keep for reference. It's also a fun read for the fashion conscious to see if they were dressed right according to Nina for that occasion! But if you're the least bit unsure of what you should be wearing for an event, Nina really does give you good solid advice from head to toe. If you're unsure of a reference about a designer, just google them. She's referring to a "look", the usual style of the designer (tailored, feminine, bold, casual, etc.). This can be your road map ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, aoc
I was surprised by how much I (as a non-fashion-person) liked this book. Nina Garcia writes with a style that is both authoritative and conversational, and both informational and mildly funny. The strongest section is the first, about how to dress in various work situations. (The part about how to dress and carry yourself for a job interview made me want to go out and start becoming a high-powered business woman like, immediately.) It does eventually start to get repetitive, but it is a book tha ...more
Dawn Fielder
Feb 25, 2014 Dawn Fielder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is really handy. it has lots of great style ideas although some of them are a little impractical but I got a lot from this book.
Feb 26, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I found this book fun and I really enjoyed Nina's humour. I think people that disliked this book either take it too seriously or don't know that there really are people out there that need help. I think this book is appealing to women about 16 to late thirties. While a lot of the information will seem like common sense to women who have any interest in clothes, there are still some great tips on silly things that sometimes don't seen like a natural reflection of the style that you might want to ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Ayana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with a lot of useful information. Nina gives you ideas of things to wear for every occasion imaginable like engagement parties, brunch with the girls, Halloween, Valentine's Day (with ideas for both single and attached women), and of course the first date. As a single woman, I think it's kind of hard to think about what you're going to wear on a first date or trying to think ahead to the second, third, or fourth date.

This is definitely a book that I would like to invest in for the futu
Sep 09, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book goes section-by-section with advice on what to wear for many of life's big occasions (from a job interview to a baby shower). Ms. Garcia even has a chapter on what to pack for the hospital when you're about to deilver a baby, and I think she did a great job with her advice in that section! However, she recommends purchasing many clothes that cost a lot of money; money that most people who aren't celebrities or millionares have to throw around. So take her advice with a grain of salt, a ...more
Dede Laurence Guest
Love Ruben Toledo's illustrations!
Jan 20, 2016 Cherie rated it it was ok
Nothing really new to offer. Very vague and superficial.
Sonja Isaacson
Apr 19, 2012 Sonja Isaacson rated it liked it
Shelves: style
My problem here is that the majority of her occasions, I've already done. No doubt I wore something Nina wouldn't approve of, but oh well. These occasions she includes are no longer an issue. I would not get this book solely for the "work" chapter which is the only one I feel may be of any use to me. I think this would be better for someone more of a high-school or college-age. As always, the drawings are fantastic. But I worry that Nina thinks they are all her, and that she is still that young.
Jun 24, 2011 Zelda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as her second book. Notably riddled with misattributed quotes and silly tips of the hat to fashion rule breakers (Britney Spears? Really?). Still, it had its moments and wasn't a total loss. Most importantly, the book made me feel that all of the limitations of the physical world were stripped away opening a universe of possibilities before me. Because, in a world where Rachel Maddow is considered a "sexy" fashionista, what could possibly be unachievable?
Oct 31, 2010 Jianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While most people don't need an entire page to tell them "never wear a Snuggie," it's a fun, quick read, and Nina Garcia has a pleasant narrative style. Also, chapters like, "what to wear when you've been cruelly dumped" and "what to wear for a Netflix night in" "what to wear when you're volunteering," etc. do lead me to believe that she did try to address—as the book cover tells us—what to wear for every occasion.
Dec 18, 2010 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fashion
The target audience for this book is someone who is clearly urban, young (or unwilling to admit being over 30) and not really settled in her career or life. There are whole chapters that aren't useful if you have a job and are married already. Also, the idea that you should have to glam it up to stay in with your significant other is just absurd. Women should be able to let their fashion guard down some time!
Oct 25, 2011 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the first time I saw this book, I fell in love with it! It helps me on how to dress myself more and now, that I have it and finally done reading it, I feel more confident on how I look. Thank you to this book and Nina Garcia.

I still keep on reading it even though I finished the book already. It's really a good read. And will surely recommend this to my friends who also loves fashion.
Sep 19, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this book very much. It's very thoughtfully laid out with all kinds of practical advice on what to wear for an amazing variety of occasions. Also included is some background information on style, Holidays & global culture which is both useful & interesting. The conversational style is engaging & the use of quotes adds another level of interest. It's the kind of book I'd refer to again.
Mar 24, 2012 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, october
Am I the only one surprised that a book on what to wear for every occasion doesn't actually contain any photographs of ideas on what to wear? Or that what to wear to get my hair cut or to meet my potential surrogate are events that so many women need help with that they make the book? The drawings are cute and charming, and worth a quick look through the book.
Sep 16, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had some good ideas and I just wish I could dress in the way in which Nina recommends - especially to go to all the fabulous events she lists. Overall, I didn't find it very practical for an everyday woman; more for those working in a high-end industry in a cosmopolitan city that has all the designer stores.
Fun fashion tips and the illustrations are wonderful. It isn't really a book to read from cover to cover but a reference book for specific situations. She tells readers what to wear for everything from a job interview to a meeting with a surrogate (seriously!). I'd said she covers all her bases!
Sep 20, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not impressed! This is a "guide" for what to wear for every occasion. It gives a brief description, but doesn't provide good illustrations for outfits. Rather, there are "thumbprint" models on the inside front and back covers along with a page number of where the description is found.

No! No! No!
Jun 27, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is a fun book to flip through. It has pretty pictures along with Nina's tough-as-nails fashion advice. I feel like she would stab you if you showed up at her office wearing the wrong outfit. But I do enjoy her sassiness and her advice, as always, is good.
Oct 15, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina Garcia pens a great book about what clothes to wear for almost any life event. She adds interesting quotes from authors and uses a conversational and fun style. Illustrator Ruben Toldeo carries the book through with fun and professional drawings.
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Nina García (born Ninotchka García) is a magazine editor who, until August 18th, 2008, acted as the Editor-at-Large of Elle, as well as a judge on the Bravo reality television program Project Runway.
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