As is the case with most fashion how-to’s, Nicky’s book is, for the most part, lacking a significant amount of substance.
Also? While I appreciate that despite being an heiress, Nicky has tried to pen a style guide that is down-to-earth and relatable, it still definitely sounds like it was written by a rich girl. There’s lots of name dropping and references to designer brands that most of us every day girls can’t realistically afford.
There’s also a blasphemous “activewear” section in which she says one should never wear colorful workout shoes! The horror.
And let’s not forget the pull quotes. Can we please talk about the pull quotes?
But annoying quotes and snobby rich girl tone aside, the book did have a few helpful tips that I found valuable enough to share. The first? Nicky’s signature 365 concept.
3 – The three types of occasions you most commonly need to dress for.
6- The six wardrobe staples you wear to these occasions.
5 – The five supporting accessories to compliment your 6s.
The idea is to determine a 3-6-5 list for each of the four seasons, bringing focus to your closet and intention to your shopping trips.
At this point I could have put the book down as my three most common “occasions” are working (at home), going to the gym, and running errands around town. Essentially, it could have been a one page print out that simply read “You don’t need a 365 strategy, Katrina. Just go buy more yoga pants!”
In all seriousness, I do have reasons to wear pants designed for activities other than yoga, and the 365 concept was a helpful tool in determining what I need (or don’t need!) to look chic this fall. Here’s what I came up with for my Autumn wardrobe:
- Working out/Working from home (Not basing any of my 5s or 6s on this as I already have WAY too many workout clothes.)
- Running casual errands
- Date night/going out with friends
- Skinny jeans
- Oversized sweaters
- Military jackets
- Collared shirts (bonus points if they are plaid!)
- Tall boots
- Satchel purse/bag
- Fall hats! (Oversized fedoras, slouchy beanies, etc.)
- Cute, comfy flats
Not everything I wear is covered in the list above — I might throw on a cocktail dress for a special event or decide to wear a pair of funky overalls with some short booties. The idea is not to encompass everything you’ll wear this season, it’s to bring attention to the major players you’ll want to slip into over and over again.
I’ve since moved my 6s and 5s to the front and center section of my closet. It’s amazing how much easier getting dressed is. It’s also amazing how much awesome stuff I had that I totally forgot about because it was hidden behind a mountain of maxi dresses and items adorned with fringe.
The most important revelation was that I already have plenty of staple pieces that align with my 3s. I also have plenty of non-staples, but that’s an entirely different blog post. (I’m talking to you, sequined Minnesota Vikings jersey!) Strangely, knowing that I have loads of great 6s and 5s hanging in my wardrobe takes away the desire to go buy new stuff. In other words, a Nicky Hilton fashion book has motivated me to shop less — go figure!
The other tidbit I found interesting? Nicky’s can’t live without $30 item — the American Apparel mini skirt! While I’ve never tried one on, I definitely will the next time I find myself visiting everyone’s favorite spandex supplier!
Admittedly, a stretchy mini skirt may not deserve a spot on my list of 6s…but I may just have to snatch one up anyway. (If only so I can wear it with a super bright pair of rubber rain boots.)
Take that, Nicky!