Fresh from her appearance as a formidable judge on the hit show "Project Runway," Nina Garcia has published a new book called "The One Hundred."
Inside, Garcia gives tips on how to wear not 20, not 50, but 100 different essential items of clothing in hopes that readers can look their best, no matter what the situation. Check out a few excerpts of the book below.
Think Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous," Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," Brad Pitt in "Fight Club," Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Aviator." The beauty of Aviator sunglasses is that they look perfect on the groupie from the '70s (Penny Lane), the fighter pilot from the '80s (Maverick), the lunatic from the '90s (Tyler Durden), and of course an aviator from the '30s (Howard Hughes). They are an eternally and universally fashionable shade that instantly brings out that cool factor. Wear them with your oldest jeans or with your newest tailored YSL jacket and look equally up-to-the-minute.
The classic Aviator is the Ray-Ban, but almost every designer at almost every price point makes a good version. Keep it as close to the original design as possible. Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren do it very well.
Stay away from too much shine. Nothing takes away the cool factor quite like reflective lenses or shiny rims. The rims should be in a matte tone of silver or gold.
Look for vintage versions. The more history they have, the better, the classier, the more you smolder when wearing them.
In 1936, the U.S. government commissioned Ray-Ban to design sunglasses for Air Force pilots. The pilots wanted something that would provide the protection of their aviation goggles without the bulk. Ray-Ban came up with the Aviator design, which was an immediate hit. After more than seventy years, the sunglasses have maintained their popularity, and the model that aviators wore in 1936 is the same model that fashionistas and celebrities still wear today.
An often overlooked and underappreciated accessory (shoes and bags get all the attention). Yet, a great belt can make you look slimmer, pulled together, accentuate curves, and add bling to an otherwise bland outfit.
A thick black belt on a black dress instantly narrows the waist and highlights your curves. A hip belt on top of a tunic will draw the eye down. A skinny belt on a low-slung trouser makes you look polished.
But the belt is not just about the silhouette.
Think of your belts as pieces of jewelry. Look for unique designs, styles, fabrics, and big buckles. Try out corset belts, hip belts, ethnic styles, red crocodile, green python, zebra print, etc., etc. These are the kinds of belts that you can add to a white dress, a black dress, or jeans and a T-shirt—and in seconds the look is transformed.
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LAI (Luxury Accessories International): If you want a really skinny belt, LAI is the place.
Lana Marks: The best crocodile belts.
Streets Ahead: The source for studded rocker belts.
Linea Pelle: Italian craftsmanship at its finest.
Some seasons it is not a "belt year," and designers are not making many. But you are almost certain to find a good belt at these top-end designers, who always carry really good belts: Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Azzedine Alaia.
A wide belt around the slimmest part of your waist creates an instant hourglass. Cinch it!