Book Review: “What on Earth Are You Wearing? An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fashion”

I was doing a bit of window shopping last week and stumbled into Anthropologie — ok, so the 25% off sale sign is what totally caught my attention. While perusing the discounted racks, I made my way over to the home goods section and started browsing through the books.

"What on Earth Are You Wearing? An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fashion"
“What on Earth Are You Wearing? An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fashion,” $11.99, barnesandnoble.com

The first thing I picked up was “What on Earth Are You Wearing? An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fashion (Chronicle Books)” by Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock. A book about fashion with lots of pictures AND it was marked down to $7.95 (originally $18.95) — total score!

As soon as I started reading, I knew a blog review was soon to follow. It’s a hilarious take on the fundamentals of fashion — an A to Z on everything from acid wash to zebra print — that’s very tongue-and-cheek and will make you laugh. And the fun watercolor illustrations by Kat Macleod will make you want to continue turning each page until you’re done (it took me a day to finish).

To get a better perspective on just how sarcastically funny it is, here are a few of my favorite style definitions as described by Michi Girl, the book’s fashion forecaster:

Cashmere: A type of wool made from cash.

Fanny Pack: A pouch worn by people without any self-respect.

Jumpsuit: Unless you’re an astronaut, baby, boilermaker, downhill skier, plumber, mechanic, race car driver, skydiver, prisoner, or female truck driver, there’s no place for this garment. You’re exempt if you are shaped like a pencil. Bitch.

Taffeta: A lustrous silk-like fabric made from ’80s prom ingredients, such as stretch limos, Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode, New Order, West Coast Coolers, and at leastΒ two guys named Corey.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think. The book is still available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,Β eBayΒ and the publisher’s site (it’s sold out on Anthropologie.com).

— Andrea, S&P Editor


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