When she is not in her role as fashion director or judge she is a mom to two boys and author 4 times over. She has penned the following books in an effort to help women navigate the sometimes overwhelming maze of trend and personal style:
The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart
The Little Black Book of Style
Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
I had the opportunity to ask Nina my Style Maven questions.
LISA: Can you describe your personal Style aesthetic AND attitude about fashion?
NINA: Style always comes from knowing who you are or who/what do you want to be. As I described in some of my books, there's nothing wrong on taking ideas / imitate when trying to establish your own sense of style. We all need fashion / style icons. I got inspired not only by movies, paintings or looks I've seen on the runway but also by looks seen in the streets of New York. One piece of advice that I can give you: always keep your eyes wide open... the unexpected can happen in front of your eyes.
LISA: What are the key components / pieces in your closet?
NINA: I think is key to have some classic pieces of clothing: a little black dress, a pair of well-fitted trousers, a trench coat, jackets... I also like to have fun with the accessories: vintage jewelry, handbags, etc... and the most important element of all: don't forget to always own the outfit.
LISA: How do you feel about Vintage Clothing and Accessories?
NINA: I LOVE (capital letters) vintage. There's nothing more rewarding than finding THE vintage dress you have always dreamt about it. When I go vintage shopping I always have a clear idea of what I'm looking for. As you can also imagine, I love shopping for accessories... Accessories make a look, they add the perfect note/mood to your outfit.
LISA: What are your favorite Vintage pieces (Clothing and/or Accessories)? Do you only wear designer vintage?
NINA: Vintage jackets are a must. I have some Chanel ones and trust me, they age beautifully. This is one of the best investments you can ever do.
LISA: What are you wearing this Spring/Summer? Tell our readers the key elements for your S/S 2011 wardrobe
NINA: This spring is all about colors, prints, florals. I love a good Emilio Pucci, Cavalli, Missoni, Dries Van Noten print. Also Jill Sander & Prada presented a very fresh collection that we have seen in tons of magazines covers. I also recommend to take a look at Calypso for Target, they presented a wonderful collection for this summer.
LISA: If you could give women 1 piece of STYLE advice, what would it be?
NINA: Be confident in what you wear… confidence is one of the best styles to have!
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