The former muse and creative director for designer label Tuleh, and a New York-based fashion consultant, Amanda Brooks is a fashion chameleon with an amazing taste and an eye for the elements of personal style. I'm dying to read her recently published book I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Styl, where she tries to help women find their own personal style. Part scrapbook, part inspiration board, and part cultural history, it describes Brooks's own long road of defining the difference between fashion and style, cataloging her icons and different looks, such as : bohemian, minimal, high fashion, street, eclectic, cheap chic, vintage and classic.
As she claims, the style is actually the result of hard work. "My greatest belief about clothes is that style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it". And when it comes to finding your own style she says, "I just feel that fashion is about inspiration and each person finding their own, and I don't feel like it's up to me to tell people what's right for them, (…) I just think you should wear what you're comfortable in". So don't expect that she will tell you what to wear or how to wear it. But with her help you'll figure it out for yourself, just like she did, through trial, error, careful study, and soul-searching, because the cruel truth about personal style is that it cannot be bought off the rack or cribbed from someone else.