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The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

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In the wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style, fashion authority Nina Garcia showed women how to think about personal style in an entirely new way. Encouraging readers to creatively assert their style identities, Nina showed women of all ages how to hone and self-edit a distinct fashion voice.

With her style philosophy firmly out in the world, Nina decided to address
Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by It Books (first published August 26th 2008)
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Very silly (in my opinion) but fun to page through and think about items that could be good gifts for me or someone else. Would NOT recommend buying it -- unless you're actually serious about following through with her suggestions; a library rental is perfect since it takes about an hour to peruse, which is about as deep as I needed to go with it.
I devoured The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own in just a few short hours. I soaked up all of [the ever-so-fabulous:] Nina Garcia's words regarding her take on 100 classic pieces, delighted in the fact that I own many of the items, envied those I didn't, and appreciated Ruben Toledo's whimsical illustrations. Forget industry magazines' lists of style must-haves and shell out a few extra dollars (or Euros, yen, etc.) for Garcia's Greatest Hits.

If I had to sum up the
Nina Garcia understandably has expensive taste. I knew that I would be skipping right over suggestions like the Birkin bag, the cocktail ring, the Pucci, and the Missoni knit. But, I could certainly take those designs into consideration when shopping and look for similar silhouettes and patterns in my price range.

Having recently cleaned out my closet and committed to filling it out with quality, lasting pieces instead of just great deals, this book was helpful. It gave me a great place to start
Steph H.
In her second book, Garcia lists the (in her opinion) 100 pieces every woman must own. From an A-Line dress to Cashmere knits, she covered nearly every essential I've ever heard of. Only the mention of an IPod/IPhone kind of confuses me. I don't see where both items are making women 'stylish' (but I won't start a discussion about that now because everyone knows I'm an crackberrian and thus very biased). Anyways, Garcia gathered not only essential clothing items and how to wear them, but also ver ...more
The Good: The focus here is how to build a wardrobe of stylish pieces that you can wear in to your 50s and beyond, and I totally appreciate that. Garcia allows mixing in a trend here or there for fun, but basically insists that the truly stylish don't follow disposable fashion. The layout and design of this book is also adorable - the illustrations are spot on and help to make the book seem like the classic tome it clearly wants to be. And as I get older, I'm starting to appreciate the importanc ...more
It's a bold title: The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces EVERY Stylish Woman Must Own. But is it true? Yes and no. While the full one hundred won't apply to everyone, there is at least something to appeal to nearly everyone (since when is Champagne a fashion accessory?). There are items that fall into classic categories, and nearly every woman will own them no matter what their personal style statement is. I would say great jeans, a trench coat, a great sweater, a black dress and that one wear- ...more
As if I needed verification that I'm not a stylish woman... If I aspired to be, I'd need more than a couple of items, including:

Ankle Boots
Belts (can you believe I don't own a single one?)
Cashmere Sweaters
Cocktail Rings
Cowboy Boots
Driving Shoes
Gloves (not winter gloves, 'fancy' gloves)
Investment Bags (i.e. the kind that cost more than $2k)
Leather Pants
Missoni Knits
Signet Ring
Tuxedo Jacket
Wellington Boots
and a Zippered Hoodie (nope, don't
Despite the fact that regular people like me might never be able to get all the 100 items in this so-called "guide" that Nina Garcia wrote, I think many will find this list rather useful. It's a great book to discover what your style is because as you go through the items one by one, it becomes very easy to decide what works for you and what doesn't.

For example, The Birkin bag might be listed, but even if I could afford it, I already know that the bag is not for me. It just doesn't fit my style
As I stare down my 35th birthday in a little over 6 months, I've decided to stop waiting to look better. I'm not going to wait until I lose weight. I'm not going to wait until my skin is a smooth as the proverbial baby's bottom. I'm not going to wait to win the lottery. I deserve to look good NOW.

I've always liked Nina Garcia as a judge on Project Runway. Her ideas of the 100 things every woman most own should naturally be taken with a grain of salt, but she's not really to far off the mark in
Nov 11, 2013 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Relyn by: I enjoy this author.
The idea behind this book is that it features the 100 items the renown Project Runway fashion judge reaches for again and again. I enjoyed the book immensely - especially Ruben Toledo's illusrations. That man has a gift, I tell you. I don't think I've ever read a book featuring watercolor illustrations that I didn't like. The book prompted me to think about my own fashion favorites. I don't have 100 must haves, and I really don't think someone outside the fashion world would. But, I do have look ...more
This was kind of silly but since it was a free download via my state library I was compelled to check it out since I'm a fan of Nina Garcia. Many of her "essential" items are beyond financial reach for most women, though she does offer cheaper suggestions. She took it a step further and writes about the history of many items (how the totally unaffordable Birkin bag came to be). That was a plus.
For those not born with style confidence ( this is a really helpful book. It breaks down what the author considered to be 100 pieces of clothing that every woman should own. I don't agree with all of them but I still got lots of ideas. It helps you examine your wardrobe and figure out which classic pieces you already own and where you should spend your money in the future.
Obviously a light read, but Nina is right on about the 100 items every girl's closet needs. There were a lot of things you expect (LBD) but so many I didn't (boyfriend sweater? leather pants?) and really great tips about styling and buying vintage. One of those books I'm sure I'll refer to frequently.
I say meh. I've been reading a lot of style and fashion books (in an ongoing attempt to dress less slobby and tooly) and this feels like a retread. Also, don't tell me I "must" have this or that thing. I'm never going to own aviators or a Chanel purse.
Feb 05, 2014 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fashionistas on a budget
Loved this little book on style from the formidable, Nina Garcia. Like another reader commented, I devoured this book in a few hours as I reflected on my own wardrobe. Yes, I have a lot of the items listed. And, no, it doesn't take a massive amount of money to be stylish. Thrift stores are my friends and style comes in all price points. Thank you for reminding me that I needn't dumb down my sense of style just because everyone else wants to live their lives in sweatpants, white tennis shoes and ...more
K.l. Bester
I really enjoyed Garcia's writing style and thought most of the items on her list were solid. I disagree with the price point one has to hit in order to, for example, purchase an 'investment bag.' In Garcia's world that means spending thousands of dollars. For me, I think spending about a hundred is plenty to get a nice bag in a classic shape that is well made and will last for years. So, things like that seemed a bit out of touch with the real world, but for the most part she made solid recomme ...more
I enjoyed this book this book a lot. Nina Garcia writes in such a engaging manner, I read this book in thirty minutes.

The illustrations are so charming and makes this book even more enjoyable. The items are arranged alphabetically for easy reference. Each item has styling suggestions, where to buy, famous celebrities or movie scenes featuring the item, and awesome quotes. I like that she gives options for every budget. For example, I found a pair of aviators from that fit the bill
Mardel Fehrenbach
I actually enjoyed this book a great deal. I expected to be light, frivolous, and highly subjective and it is all those things; yet I was still pleasantly surprised. Of course I am biased a bit because I tend to be like classic things and I admire Nina Garcia's style. In that sense I am probably closer to her target audience. Any book about style is pointless if one does not admire the style sense of the author. I don't agree with all her choices, but I didn't expect to. Even as I read her book, ...more
Okay, I admit that I am not a Fashionista. I live in a rural area and wear a uniform to work, so the chic part of my wardrobe is slim. But I would love to improve in that area (I keep watching What Not to Wear, hoping something will sink in) and this book is a great guide.

There are quite a few items on this list of 100 that I actually own, surprisingly. Little Black Dress, Wayfarer sunglasses (so glad to learn that those are classic, I've been wearing them since college), Ballet Flats, Cable-Kni
Jane Dugger
My thoughts are mixed about this book. I'd prefer to give it 2.5 stars.

I liked it but expected something different. I really thought it was going to be about the one hundred clothing pieces every stylish woman must own. It was not.

Let me preface the reason I picked up this book: I want to have a theme for my sewing hobby next year. I thought it would be cool to sew the essential classic "never goes out of style" items every woman should own. So when I came across this book in the library cata
It appeared to me that the author struggled to find 100 pieces in which to include in this book, i.e, blackberry, iPod, zippered hoodie....

For me, some of the advice was a no brainer. A lot of the tips were geared toward the younger (hipper) generation. How to wear red lipstick? Really.

What I did found most interesting were the short side boxes of historical lessons that explained where a product originated and/if it was brought back around.

I found the tip on wearing a jean jacket with white j
I admit it, I have no sense when it comes to fashion. I can't tell you who makes the "it" pair of jeans this year or who makes the best shoes. I do try to look put together when I leave the house but it is time that I take a lesson from Nina Garcia, authoress to The One Hundred, A guide to the pieces every stylish woman must own.
When I received, The One Hundred, from Harper Collins to review, my first thought was, "Why did I ask for this book?!" I thought that even though I had no fashion sen
A fashionista of Project Runway fame declares the 100 things needed to be stylish. Here's the list of the ones I have:

* camel coat (only it hasn't fit in years)
* cosmetics bag
* denim jacket
* fur (faux, around the hood of my not-exactly-fashionable parka)
* iPod (just a Shuffle, though)
* jeans
* knee boots (a recent acquisition--I admit they make me feel more stylin' than normal)
* luggage
* one-piece swimsuit (bikini is on her list but lucky for my fellow humans, not on mine)
* pajamas
* pe
An excellent, streamlined style guide. Nina Garcia spells out the top 100 CLASSIC items a woman should have in her closet. Most of these you know (Trench Coat, Ballet Flats) and some you might not think of (Converse "chuck taylors" and zippered hoodie). What I like about this book is that for every item (and she doesn't wax poetic, either) she mentions what designer does it best - low AND high end. I found this invaluable; taking away a lot stress about where to find quality items. I also liked ...more
Sonja Isaacson
I give this a pretty strong 4. She misses a 5 being that I disagree with the "Every" in her title - I will not wear stilettos. I rarely wear jewelry so a brooch is not happening. And scarves as accessories and not to keep your face and neck from freezing are rather silly. But I really enjoy having things listed, and also that she gives hints on what to wear items with or preferred brands/colors/etc. I know my wardrobe is in need of some help and I think this would be a good jumping off point jus ...more
Wonderful if you can get past the illustrations. Great vocabulary and trivia of fashion history scattered throughout. Covers everything from iconic, budget-friendly essentials to the most aspirational luxury pieces available and everything in between. Rarely, she gives incredibly hacky ideas like pairing a wrap dress with jeans or doubling polo shirts. To be fair, it was written in 2007, though. Regardless, a solid 90% holds up and it's still a solid reference.
- design of the book is gorgeous. the cover and the illustrations look so posh
- the illustrations saved me from going to Google every time i didn't know what something was (e.g. caftan?? Frye Harness boots?? pea coat??). that was really convenient. it's even better that i got many inspirations from those illustrations.
- the book provides many useful tips on how to shop for items and how to style them, and it also brings in the history and fun facts of those pieces
- short and to the point, very e
I actually loved it. But, if I hadn't seen the entire "Ugly Betty" series. I would have read it while rolling my eyes and firmly disregarding everything and the cost to which it would be to maintain these fashion necessities.

Instead, I took notes and rated myself on a fashion checklist (which I found fascinating...created from the 100 "items").

Now when I'm thrifting I have a list of items to keep my eye out for :)
I absolutely loved this book. Nina Garcia writes in such a personable manner, you feel as if she is in the same room as you. And probably going through your closet.

Not only is the writing style engaging and personable, but Ruben Toledo's illustrations are so charming that the book is just a joy to read on every level. Each featured item is enriched by styling suggestions, where to buy, famous celebrities or movie scenes featuring the item, and awesomely appropriate quotes. The items are arrange
Charlotte Nance
First of all after reading the other reviews for this book I have to add this caveat: Nina herself says that this list is HER list for herself..what makes her feel classic. She says that we are to take what we can use, toss the "so not me" pieces, and add in other looks to have our own list, which is what I have done.

Each piece she has listed that I am missing or that I feel I need, I have been slowly adding to my closet. It's amazing to think that I hadn't realized how a simple bangle or stack
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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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