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Book Notes #1: Love Style Life by Garance Doré

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Highly acclaimed style photographer, illustrator, and blogger, Garance Doré is quite the charismatic writer. Her book, Love Style Life, is a bible for the modern woman looking for sound fashion advice and peace of mind regarding the crazy twists and turns of life. She offers an honest and funny take on what it really means to be the effortless, elusive "Parisian Woman" that society is so captivated by.

On Style

I loved the author's method for finding your personal style, which lies at the intersection of four key truths:

1. What you know about yourself. Be realistic about your daily needs. 

"I adjust and adapt not only to suit my tastes but also to suit my lifestyle. Knowing yourself is knowing the distance between your dream self and your real self." 

2. What you know about your body. Keep in mind what best flatters your body type. 

"Try, try, try, and cross things off the list. In other words, edit. That's how great style is revealed." 

3. What you want to say. How can your clothes communicate how you want others to see you?

"Our clothes carry the message we want to convey to others, and it changes, depending on what we're going through in our lives." 

4. Who you want to be. Style let's us stay connected to our aspirations. 

"Go on and dress for it. Borrow from your dreams. Of being a movie star. A great lover. A great mother. A respected teacher. A free spirit. An astrologer. An artist. A painter, a sculptor." 

On Business

"If you know how to create emotion, you can create a business."

On Elegance

"But what she radiated was not only self-assurance—it was simpler than that: she didn't think anyone was above or beneath her. ... She just was who she was and instinctively knew that was the only way she could be. ... 

If I make people feel good, if I encourage them to be themselves and be at ease, then I feel happy and present. 

To me, that's the heart of elegance." 


Full citation:
Doré, Garance. Love Style Life. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.