looking, working, living terrific 24 hours a day

24/7 Power Looks

Looking, Working, Living Terrific 24 Hours A Day
Cho and Lueders
1982

This title sounds exhausting. At my age, I think showing up for work with my hair combed is an accomplishment worthy of my next performance review. (Holly take note!) This was published at the time the mantra of working women was “I can do it all!” (See this commercial for Enjoli perfume, and you will get the idea.) Those of you old enough to remember this, get ready to cringe.

This book combines looking good with career/personal success advice. I will cop to buying into this type of dressing for success looks. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the budget to sustain this look and it really didn’t make me powerful in my job. (Naturally, I moved to librarianship so I could have the real money and power!<<sarcasm)

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Fashion Design for the 80s

Fashion
Color, Line, and Design (3rd edition)
Geringer
1985

This is more of a text than a DIY book for the average library user. It’s actually quite good and comprehensive. Since the book focuses on core design skills, the fashion examples aren’t as crucial. I would think it would be a reasonable choice for a specialty collection. However, since there are a lot more choices featuring 21st century style that would work better for the average public library. Bottom line, this is one that would be dependent on the kind of library and the kind of collection. Personally, I could live without 80s fashion examples, but this is something students might find interesting. You never know if if big shoulder pads and leg warmers make a come back.

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Glamour “Don’ts”

Clothes for Disabled People
Goldsworthy
1981

This is one of those “where are they now” discussions. Or we can call it a #throwbackthursday type of post.

Back in 2009 when we started this little dog and pony show, we just put up covers and didn’t really look to deep into some of the titles. I started looking at a few of these early titles and was a bit curious if they were still hanging out in libraries. It’s still around, but it looks like it is mostly in university libraries.

For the most part, this book is about clothing construction with a few modifications that make it easier for the user to dress themselves.

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T-Shirting

T-Shirting: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting it On Your Chest
Platt
1975

Submitter: I had high hopes from the cover this book might be a groovy book that, when put out on display might get someone to check it out. But alas, its one of those disappointing craft books with bad black and white images.

Holly: Fair warning before you scroll down: two of these images are potentially NSFW. One is a t-shirt model with “special skills” (image 6 below). This might have been a cool book in 1975, but I agree with Submitter: black and white images are just disappointing in a craft book. I want to see those chest handprints in living color (image 3 below…NSFW…).

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Hippie Crafts

Hippie Crafts: Creating a Hip New Look Using Groovy ’60s Crafts
O’Sullivan
2005

Submitter: This book has not circulated since being purchased back in 2005. From the looks of it, I can see why! Maybe Mary can delight us in some of her 60’s threads.

Holly: Mary is cool, but not this cool.

Mary: I am quite certain I sported a few similar items, but I am going to say no to the vests in the 5th picture. Some of these should have stayed put in the 1960s.

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Fashionistas

Fashion Source Book: A Visual Reference to Twentieth Century Fashion
De La Haye
1988

Submitter: Although the early chapters are informative on the history of fashion, the lack of anything past 1988 makes this book an easy weed for a public library. Like shoulder pads – off to the dumpster with this book.

Holly: As a “source book” it’s definitely past its prime. If you need the space for current fashion books, let ‘er go. If you’re not strapped for space, it might work as a fashion history book. I think¬†actual fashion history books are still better, but #budgets, amiright?

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Princess Di Fashion Tips

Princess of Wales
Fashion Handbook
James
1984

The Princess of Wales was an icon of fashion during her short life. I was in college when she married Prince Charles and many of us got up early in the morning to watch the royal wedding. Back in the day, I got the feeling that you could slap the picture of the Princess on any book and it would probably sell millions.

This book was more about her personal fashion sense and had more narrative than I initially expected. I honestly was thinking this was going to be very little text and more a bundle of Diana’s memorable outfits. The designer and fashion types would find this a decent choice, the Princess Di fans would probably be disappointed there wasn’t much in there about her specifically.

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Dress Right for Work

Dress with Style
Wallace
1983

This book was hitting the market just as I was hitting the post college job market. Since I have/had no fashion sense ever, I would have been a target market for this book. As these types of books go, this isn’t too bad. The general theme is relatively conservative, job appropriate style. A very good choice for a collection back in the early 1980s. The clothing is a pretty good choice and some of the examples wouldn’t be that out of place in an office these days. I remember that scarves and ties were quite the thing in professional dress. I believe more than one expert touted a scarf as the equivalent of a man’s tie.