The Wishlist "Curse"
It sobers me to think that the six different books I've written "wishlist" posts for have one thing in common: they haven't been granted yet. =P I actually have a better chance of getting my hands on a book if I don't announce on my blog that I'm wishing for it.
Okay, not really . . . It's the other way around. Most of this meme's participants seem to feature any book they want and foresee getting, but I only stamp books with the "Wished For" status after I've tried and failed to hunt down even one copy. Perhaps these posts are the official admissions of defeat, which is why I don't really keep looking after I've published them.
So here's the seventh book that I'm not going to stress myself out hunting down . . .
One of my friends is a former model, and when I told her about my interest in David Kibbe's hard-to-find style classic, she said: "It's 2014. Why are you looking for a style manual from the 1980s?"
It was a good question--but I had a ready answer! What sets Kibbe's book apart is a system he mapped out for defining a woman's look and the cuts, patterns, fabrics, and even hairstyles which best suit it. The photos and sketches in his manual may be completely outdated, but its basic principles can be adapted to the fashions of any decade. There are thirteen "Kibbegories," and ever since I figured out that I'm a Soft Classic, everything in my closet has made sense. Now I understand why my favourite clothes work and why similar pieces I had thought would do the same ultimately didn't.
This is a big deal because, for the longest time, I had despaired of being able "to get" style. My mother may have been born a fashionista, but I don't understand something until you break it down into well-defined categories and rules. And in my experience, people in fashion rarely do that.
Well, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constatine often do, and I have found their books What Not to Wear and The Body Shape Bible helpful. But they tend to focus on a woman's "problem areas"--an approach which has made me what I can only call a defensive dresser for the last decade or so. =P In contrast, Kibbe's classifications are more like archetypes: a zodiac of feminine forms. And it does feel better to make your starting point the "form" of your beauty rather than what you perceive as your flaws.
There is already a lot of information about "Kibbegories" online, so I don't desperately need my own copy of Metamorphosis. But of course I still want one . . .
And now for an exciting announcement! This will be a week of memes at Shredded Cheddar, because I'll be bringing back my own on Saturday! =D
Locus Focus is a chance to tell others about a setting in a book (and sometimes a movie!) that you really loved or wished you could visit. My posts go up on Saturday, and if anyone leaves a link to his own post in the combox, I always read and comment on it.
Since I have a special agenda for May, I'll be blogging about Mothers' Birthplaces all month; but you can write about whatever other settings strike your fancy. I hope to see you then! =)
Image Source: Metamorphosis by David Kibbe