Sunday, April 01, 2012

Fiction about Fashion

First of all, sorry for the lack of posts, though this one will probably be the last until the end of April, after exams. I thought I'd post something a little different this time: some books where fashion is one of the key or underlying themes (well, maybe not themes, but basically, they're always talking about who's wearing what).

Pretty Little Liars
...started off as books! Yes, they did, and just as much as style is commented on in the show, so too with the books. Spencer Hastings was the preppy one, Hanna Marin was the girly girl, Emily Fields was the athlete, and Aria Montgomery was a mix of vintage / eclectic. Clearly they reinforced this with the show, putting Spencer in pleated skirts and plaid, Hanna in floral dresses and floaty tops, Emily in jeans and t-shirts, and Aria in leather jackets and feather earrings.

The Clique Series
Please do not groan. I know the series is corny and totally not realistic, but Lisi Harrison wrapped up the series with a really good lesson. I actually wanted to know what would have happened if there was another book! This series is about a group of spoiled seventh graders who take a new girl under their wing who doesn't care about fashion at all, just about making friends. The girls wear all the big labels like Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Juicy Couture, Ron Herman...the list goes on. They always need to have the latest trends and go shopping at least once a week. This series made me more aware of the biggest fashion designers and labels.

How to be Popular
This has got to be one of my all-time favourite books, though fashion is really only mentioned at the beginning, where social outcast Steph Landry wants to turn things around in her junior year of high school. The rest of the book describes her rise to the top (well, I guess you could say that); and contrary to what you may think, she does this solely by being nice and outgoing to everyone (even though they have tortured her for years).

Kiss & Blog, Art Geeks and Prom Queens
Two books by Alyson Noel that I absolutely love, plot-wise and fashion-wise. Kiss & Blog is about two girls deciding that this year (sophomore year) will be their time to shine. They've spent the summer reading fashion magazines, learning how to put on makeup, and buying new clothes. Unfortunately, Winter is not as willing to be fake and phony to get in with the popular crowd as her friend Sloane, who ditches her as soon as she makes it on the cheer-leading squad. Unlike Sloane, Winter has a more artsy fashion sense and prefers leather jackets, studs, tunics, and leggings to the pastel colours of the popular crowd. I only liked Art Geeks and Prom Queens because of the fashion at the beginning; the rest was along the lines of drinking, partying, and boyfriend drama, but it did have a good ending. The story line is similar to that of Kiss & Blog, except it's the new girl trying to fit in.

Another corny book about two best friends entering seventh grade (I know what you're thinking- "Maria, why on earth do you read tween novels?"). This book is all about fashion. The two girls take on writing an online fashion column for their school's paper. They have really good taste in fashion, and lots of advice on what to wear (and what not to wear). But the story takes a turn as the girls' tastes in clothes start to veer apart. Apparently there's a sequel, but I haven't read it (yet).

On another note, I finally made a Polyvore account! See my creations at

Stay stylish this month, as I won't be around to update you on doing so!