Timeless Fashion

woman style cover

Woman Style
Your Personal Guide to Timeless Fashion

Have some Womanstyle, circa 1979. It’s timeless assuming time stops in 1985. The book itself is a basic fashion planning guide. It has all the info on fabrics, style, wardrobe planning, etc. The photography is something else. Soft focus seems to be the photographer’s favorite look for some pictures. Also, since it is about fashion, some of the pictures are not good at showing off the actual clothes.

I was in college at the time of this book and the basic wardrobe was jeans and a t-shirt. Cowl neck sweaters were a thing, but I think that is as far as my friends and I ventured for fashion in the late 1970s. I would have been all over the final picture of the boots and skirt. As you peruse the choices, I better warn you of the picture of the highly decorated reddish/pink room. (ALB is not responsible for any trauma related to looking at this picture.)


woman style back cover

western style wear

a very pink room


wardrobe planning


  1. I have the August 1982 Seventeen fashion extravaganza from right before my senior year of high school, and I swear I still have that in mind when picking out all of my clothes. I wore a lot of skirts in high school, but I went to work in the So-Fro fabrics in the mall right after school, so that explains it a little bit.

  2. I wore clothes that looked a lot like the middle woman in that last picture in 1979. When I was particularly stylin’ in the winter. I also wore the boots with a skirt much like the one Mary is admiring. And you could get away with those outfits for many more years than the others.

    I did have a dress in the exact color of the cover outfit (different fabric) and wow did that date badly.

    The rest of it, not even at the time. I tend to get lost in cowl necks and stick with turtlenecks.

    Even the warning didn’t prepare me for the overly red room. I think they misquoted La Vreeland — perhaps she meant to say “You don’t have to have taste to have style”.

  3. That’s Diana Vreeland in her deliberately outre room. She called it her “garden in hell.”

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