Please . . . Steal This Style!

steal this style coverPlease . . . Steal This Style!

I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way I abdicated style for comfort. The photographs from the spring fling in Brazil were not pretty. What was I thinking with that flouncy blue-flowered top? I hate florals, and I hate flounce. But I was hoping, as mom used to say, to “hide a multitude of sins.”

Sherrie Mathieson comes to the rescue with her bright, hip book Steal This Style: How Moms and Daughters Swap Wardrobe Secrets. It shows us how to take our cues from the younger set without looking like pathetic oldsters trying to pass for youngsters.

Mathieson is a nationally known style consultant. She has costumed and styled Academy Award-winning actors, rock stars, and athletes all over the country. She keeps up a private style consulting practice as well.

Her book is built around before-and-after photos, the former of a mom and the latter of that same mom with her daughter. The transformations are jaw-dropping. But what’s even more extraordinary is that they’re not that complicated.

My response to Sherrie’s book is the same as I have with great conceptual art. I am awed by the brilliant simplicity of the gesture.

I think that this is my favorite before-and-after, because, well, this pretty much could be me on the weekends:

steal this style 1 before steal this style 1 after

Lucky for us in Austin, Sherrie will be in town on October 15 at BookPeople bookstore to talk about her styling secrets and sign her book. She’s being hosted by the fabulous founder, Allison Allen.

0 Responses to Please . . . Steal This Style!

  1. Pam September 22, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Hey, Ann!

    Don’t look now, but you’re wearing floral in your photo above. Oops!!

    Seriously, you look great, but I just couldn’t resist pointing that out. I’ve spent decades telling people to wear solids for TV and photos, so your photo jumped out at me. As a “mug shot,” the look works for you!


  2. Ann Daly September 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    Right you are! I love this jacket. I guess for both of us it’s the exception that proves the rule.