For Christmas I was given the small coffee table book Style by Kate Spade. To be honest, I didn’t know what the buzz was about her.
Now I know.
She’s brilliant, just brilliant, when it comes to style, etiquette and cultivating a glamourous lifestyle. I read it cover to cover in one sitting, absorbing the watercolor sketches of fabulousness and wishing I hailed from Kansas City with a husband to make purses with every year.
Things I loved learning in this book:
- Turquoise is Kate Spade’s staple color, much like navy blue is to most women.
- Her cardinal rule for shopping: Buy what you like.
- Style begins with stance: do you slouch, slump over or walk without confidence?
- Much to my delight, Kate declares Ray Ban’s aviator sunglasses a fashion necessity.
- Baskerville typeface is one of the most distinguished fonts for book designers.
- Rolling hand-washed sweaters in a towel is a great way to squeeze out excess water.
- Bleach is not your clothes’ friend no matter how white you want to get them. Pre-treat with mild detergent instead.
- Kate takes travel candles wherever she goes. I’m sold.
- Bottled water is her travel staple. Done.
- Coco Chanel made the LBD (Little Black Dress) a fashion staple for women’s closets
I can’t wait to check out her other two books Occasions and Manners.