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Book Review: Cheap Chic

Jan 18, 2016


Cheap Chic by Caterine Milinaire and Carol Troy

Cheap Chic was a 1970's fashion Bible of sorts. It tells all about every tip or trick in the fashion world. What are the basic staples, the colors and trends of that decade. In the 40th anniversary edition the forward is by Tim Gunn, the Project Runway judge and fashion icon.

This book has a lot of interviews with the fashion icons of the day and had lots of pictures. In the new version of the book, the only change is the forward. Everything else in the book looks like the original print that came from the 70's. This book focuses more on style and not the actual fashion pieces of the day. In that time, people didn't buy clothes all the time, they only purchased a couple pieces of clothing a season. Closets were smaller and so were paychecks, so the amount of clothing purchased was not large.

It was definitely fun to see what kind of fashion was in the 70's but I didn't think it was really relevant or what I was expected. The title is definitely misleading as it didn't tell of ways to be cheap while being chic. I thought with the reprint it would have been updated to include some modern tips but it didn't it was pretty true to the original print.


I received this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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