Style Blogs to Books

March 19, 2012

There are a gazillion style blogs on the web, and more appearing each day it seems. Some bloggers have charmed an extraordinary number of followers and are taking an additional step of collecting the best of the blog in book form. Advanced Style (shown above) is one of the latest to produce a book – in fact, it hasn’t even been released yet. Check the shelves for it on May 22nd, 2012. The focus is on Ladies and Gents who maintain striking style well into their “advanced” years. Some of the lovely, confident characters appearing in the blog remind me of Jenny Joseph’s wonderful poem: “Warning”


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph
Scott Schuman is another extremely popular blogger who prolifically produces posts of fashionistas roaming the streets on his blog, The Sartorialist. Much like his peer Bill Cunningham of the New York Times, Schuman strolls the streets of the world  in search of supremely stylish “everyday” folk. There are some famed faces, here and there, but in general these are just guys and gals who’ve “got it” style-wise. This volume collects the best images of the site while a second issue (Part II) is slated for release in September 2012 and promises to reveal some never-seen photos. Here is a little collection of my favourite images from The Sartorialist site:
One more stylin’ style blog on its way to book publication is Tomboy Style.  Lizzie Garrett has struck a chord with the non-girly girl – her blog celebrates a flair for fashion that appears nonchalant and yet captures the spirit of a confident girl who enthusiastically embraces the adventures on offer in the world around her. The blog editorials and image collections are historically interesting and informative too – I expect they will be just as good reading in the book version.
 The book will hit the shelf on April 3, 2012 – I’ll be adding it to my wish-list. Learn more about the story from Lizzie herself:

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