27.10.09

In Vogue-More Dash Than Cash, The Book

Many UK Vogue readers may be aware that earlier this year, Alexandra Shulman, UK editor, decided to bring back a very popular feature that ran from the seventies called 'More Dash Than Cash'.

It managed and still does, to show stylish ways of dressing and offers clothes and accessories at affordable prices, based on designer trends of the season.

So at the weekend, when I was browsing the charity shops, I had decided to steer clear of clothes and look at the books and DVDs and I found this!!


Its around 20 years old, but the style advice in general is still relevant today as back then and there are some wonderful photos of Naomi, Cindy and Linda doing their thing back in the days!!

There is a lot of useful quotes and advice, one favourite part is 'Spacecraft', the section for keeping all your valued pieces. It reads: 'A wardrobe should be no idle consideration: it should be as much a pleasure as any other piece of furniture in the home. Treasure it, buy it presents, really make it an issue. That way, you'll relish time spent in its company and be encouraged to experiment with it's contents.'

Also: 'What Makes a Great Wardrobe? Versatility is the key word, which means having clothes that cope with every situation, so you don't have to rush out to buy something new the minute an invitation drops through the letterbox. The aim is to extract the maximum of looks from the minimum of clothes with the least possible effort and expense. A clever wardrobe has limitless permutations; will accommodate all the new clothes you do buy and can be worn even when fashion changes.'

One piece of advice I need to act on more often is 'So long as something is beautiful, it doesn't matter when you wear it' Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director, British Vogue.

Lastly, a quote from Ines De La Fressange, who only last week was voted by 'Le Figaro' The most chic woman in Paris: "I always buy the same things: navy blazers, navy and green sweaters, black turtlenecks, men's jackets, twin sets, white shirts, black pants and black ballerina pumps. Crazy things like plastic shirts, orange jackets and silver pants I end up givng away unworn". LOL, I think most of us have been guilty of something similiar!!

If you fancy a blast from the past and grabbing your own copy, then Amazon are selling it too, for less than a fiver, its well worth the read!!

33 comments:

Lemondrop Marie said...

Isn't it great to find a vintage book with advice that's just right for today? Love it! And maybe I will get one for myself, thanks for the Amazon tip-

Summer said...

That kind of design of clothes are really still in today. And good thing that they are featuring those again. =D


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Shopaholic said...

What a great find! 20 years ago seems like forever but I forget that all those supermodels were around then, and still beautiful today... time flies!!! x

Make Do Style said...

Fabulous - what a find!!

e.l. said...

Great, something from 20 years ago that still is good info. I guess you also have to remember to..what you are going to look good in. Not all of us are going to look great in stripes. We all have different sizes and body shapes. So I think the key is really finding what is going to accent the positive.

Eri said...

I must say you always manage to find something intersting!

See you soon x

Sal said...

Such great quotes, and founded in downright reasonable philosophies of shopping and dressing!

Winnie said...

Oooh a great find and brilliant quotes too!!

CalamityJem said...

I got the earlier version of this book from a car boot sale a while back & I agree it still holds a plethora of prised inspiration, timeless tips & savvy style info even if it is more than twenty years old....x

one of 365 said...

It's been too long that I've been to your site Sharon and boy have I missed it! Coming back here is like coming back to a fun boutique of fabulousness! As for the book, what a great relic. It is amazing what things will always remain staples in fashion and what ebb and flow. It will be interesting to compare and contrast the old book from the new. I read somewhere that Madame Alexandra is not the most fashionable dame so I'd be curious who put the actual book together. Oh Vogue.....you've owned my heart since I saw you in the doctor's office when I was a little girl. Great post sharon and thanks for taking the time to write out those quotes. xoxoxo--One of 365

Savvy Gal said...

back in the days i was guilty of blindly following trends. now i know what looks good on me and just follow my own style with a dash of trends here and there.

AsianCajuns (Lauren) said...

Those are genius tips, Sharon! Thanks for sharing them- I need to keep them all in mind, especially when I get tempted to do some quick online shopping ;)

Wildernesschic said...

What find I love those old Vogue books and such good advice. I must say I do follow them a little too literally as I dont go to that many black tie events but have the dresses lined up in case :))

Noémie K said...

congrats for your find !
I love all of vintage stuffs*°*°*

Marian said...

what fab quotes! i love finding all style books! cant wait to see the new 'more dash than cash' features
xx
marian

ellie said...

Thanks so much for the comment. Hope you haven't had to bring out too many sweaters yet your way.

The Haute-Shopper said...

It's good to know Vogue is bringing this feature back and thanks for sharing a few snippets from the previous version! I think style advice will always be timeless... it's just the trends themselves that change, but versatile staples such as blazers, cardigans, black dresses etc. have pretty much always been pieces everyone must own. I think I was a lot more crazy with what I bought back when I was a teenager and a student, but the realization of having to give away stuff that's never been worn is worse than that of just having spent money on a new item. I don't have issues with buying stuff, but I hate wasting things!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi everyone-as always, thanks so much for the lovely comments!!

everybodysaysdont said...

I had this book, probably about 20 years ago and loved it and read it cover to cover many times! I might buy it again to feel like a teenager again! x

Anika said...

Truer words have not been spoken! I agree completely with what you've delivered here

p.s. still uber jealous about your mad thriftin' skillz.

Haha, and a homie I am just not.

Hope you're having a great week

atelier said...

I had an already-written post no this More Cash than Dash Vogue thing!!!!! It's interesting that they decided to bring it back when the huge crisis is still arond..

La Mimi said...

It's so interesting that no matter how old the advice is...it still applies to the present moment. I find that very fascinating! :)
Thank you for sharing this lovely,

Hope you are enjoying the week!

xoxo
Mimi

WendyB said...

YOU should have written that book!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi everyone-thanks so much for your kind comments!!

Timeless Fashion... said...

What an amazing find! I love their tips: 'the maximum of looks from the minimum of clothes'... wonderful!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi Timeless Fashion-yes, a great quote, hope I can aspire to it!!

Rebecca said...

What a great find. I'm glad you posted it. I always check out the books at "my" thrift store, but never thought to look for a vintage fashion one...

And your suggestion (comment on my blog) is wonderful! I'll post the next time I wear boots with the outfit. I'm still trying to figure out which vest to try.....THANKS!

I need (and WELCOME) those kind of suggestions!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi Rebecca-thanks a lot and I'm pleased you didn't mind my suggestion too!

Karima said...

thanks for the tip, sharon, i am ordering it directly!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi Karima-fabulous news,you'll enjoy it!

Inspiration in Italy said...

Great post!

SR@MyStyle said...

Thanks for stopping by!!

Anonymous said...

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