Fashion Forward?

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Woman Style
Your Personal Guide to Timeless Fashion

I keep thinking fashion books should be a slam dunk for weeding say after 10 years.  This book was also kind of cruddy on the outside.  Seriously.  Even though timeless is part of the subtitle, I can’t imagine that this book is worth hanging on to for this long.


How about this one:

How about some help with your fashion budget?

  1. Staggering prices for 1979! $1000 would buy you only one work week’s worth of clothes when the median household yearly income was just under $17000. That was for the “budget conscious.” Wait a second, this is bringing back some memories. I think I read this one in the early 80s (when I was making less than $4 an hour.) Not too many $40 silk blouses in MY wardrobe.

    I’m also amused by the listing of fairly generic items, and then the suggestion of an additional cashmere sweater–“pale blue. ” I guess it goes with everything, unlike grey, or white, or BLACK.

  2. Are you putting this one up for sale? I’m starting to collect vintage style books. They often have better advice for various body types then today’s modern books.

  3. Does thinking that those fashions look pretty good give away my age? The black man’s outfit is really dated, but most of the other clothes actually seem rather timeless, just as the title promises.

    And, like Carol, I think those prices were way too high for an average wage earner in 1979.

  4. These photos must have been fashion forward for ’79, because they look at least mid-80’s. And I may as well give away my age, because my first thought was “Damn-I miss dressing like that”.

  5. I received Leah Feldon’s Dress Like a Million (On Considerably Less), published in 1993, as a birthday gift in 2001. The illustrations in that one are as hilariously dated as they were when I was a teenager.

  6. I’m not excited by the images inside, but am I the only one who finds that cover styling kinda stellar? It actually IS kind of timeless, in the modernist sense at least; all art deco/20s/classic silent film, with anticipation of what’s come to be considered the more classic end of the 80s. Not a bad job.

  7. I attempted to comment earlier (before there were any comments), but it didn’t work.

    But the short version of what I was going to say is…those prices are pretty realistic for TODAY. I was expecting much lower numbers.

  8. It is timeless in a way. There are still Polo-Ralph Lauren ads where people dress in many of the same fashions. Besides, there are some fashions shown here that I would much prefer to some fashions that seem to be current (i.e. tights with a low baggy crotch, tight acid-wash jeans).

  9. Wait, I think this one should be kept ’cause I think these clothes are all back…And doesn’t it say something about how cheap clothing has become that these prices seem about right after 30 years? It’s a fascinating artifact of when we didn’t buy enough clothes to wear something different every day of the month.

  10. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks the prices are ridiculous–I often pay less than that for those items now!

    Given when the book was written (which, btw, was the year I was born!), the clothes don’t look awful. I’d wear some of that stuff.

    But then, I go nuts over Gunne Sax dresses from the 70’s, and just bought a square dance skirt with an Eastern European-style print…so maybe I’m not a good example of modern fashion!