Sunday, October 11, 2009

Review: Mrs. O- The Face of Fashion Democracy

Thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place, I was sent a copy of a new book: Mrs. O- The Face of Fashion Democracy, by Mary Tomer.

I've been really focused lately on getting ideas for improving my sense of personal style, so have been reading lots of fashion magazines and books, and was excited to get to review this one.  Yes, it's a book about a beautiful African-American Democrat, and I'm a short, chubby Republican, but fashion and style transcends all those boundaries.

I really enjoyed looking through this book- savoring the beautiful pictures of Mrs. Obama's dresses and jewelry, reading the stories about the designers of her clothes and the ways they were inspired to come up with their designs, and imagining myself on the trips and at the events where Mrs. Obama was photographed.  The book shows Mrs. Obama's style evolution as she went from a young girl to young lawyer and wife, then to being a candidate's wife during the Presidential campaign, at the Inaguration, in the White House and on her trip this year to Europe.

Again, I was struck by how simple it can be to look glamorous- just take a well-fitting piece of clothing and add a few accessories!  I was impressed by how often Mrs. Obama truly made the outfits she was wearing her own. Many of the pages in this book include pictures of the dresses as the designers made them alongside pictures of Mrs. Obama wearing the dresses, having added brooches and necklaces to slightly change the look.

I also like this book because, while some of the clothing pictured in it are expensive, custom-made pieces, Mrs. Obama is also a big fan of affordable clothing from places like the Gap, H&M and J. Crew. Places that are in my mall.  I spent a lot of time thinking "I could wear something like that!"

This would be a great book for any fashion-lover. The pictures are beautiful and the writing is well done and is always interesting. The book is available now online for pre-order and will soon be available in stores.

Disclaimer: I was sent this book so that I could write this review from personal experience.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions presented here are mine and mine alone.