Saturday, March 19, 2011

Z is for Zippered Hoodie

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far! :) Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are concluding the book with the letter Z. :)

Z is for Zippered Hoodie:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"The Zippered Hoodie has become the denim or leather jacket of the modern day. Once an item worn exclusively by the fringe, it is now clearly within fashion territory. It seems that every respectable celebrity, musician, and model owns at least twenty of these. They are mandatory for going through the corridors of JFK, Hollywood Boulevard, and Saturday morning Starbucks runs. But when it is stepped up to a cashmere or fine merino wool version, it becomes a grown-up item that can be worn on the most sophisticated of occasions."


*Make sure your hoodie is fitted so that you look sleek and fashionable, not sloppy and frumpy.

*Always keep the hood up when your hair is less than perfect and there are paparazzi around.

*Buy a black cashmere version! (If I leave you with one last tip, it is to always buy a black cashmere version of an item if it comes in a black cashmere version.)

Fashion 101: Hoodie History

"The first hooded sweatshirt was made by Champion and was created to keep laborers warm in the frozen warehouses of New York. It took off as a fashion item in the '70s, when hip-hop was gaining ground and the hoodie was the subculture's uniform of choice. It also achieved a huge boost in 1976, when Sylvester Stallone appeared onscreen in his trademark Rocky hoodie. Over the decades, the hoodie became the standard garment of choice for the young, the brooding, and the cooler-than-though (i.e. skater boys, punk rockers, the hip-hop crowd, surfer dudes, paparazzi-avoiding celebrities)."

(All the information above is from the book.)

A little bit of Hoodie shopping:

Parting Words...

"Today's Fashion Cycles are getting shorter and frighteningly fast. There are more trends and more choices, and it semms that we are always under pressure to keep up. Calm down. Do not be moved by these fashion distractions. Do not be the woman who gets caught up in the fads. You should be the woman who has a personal style and who is not afraid to wear your favorite one hundred pieces repeatedly (while mixing in a few fads here and there for fun). Remember, repetition is a sign of style. There is a name for the women who wear a new outfit every single day: fashion victims.

When you change your look so many times, it seems like you are confused. You also deny yourself any chance of developing a trademark style. Yet, when you invest deeply in pieces that you love and will love season after season, these items become yours. And when you wear these items over and over againyour mother's heirloom necklace, your old Chanel jacket, your favorite black dressthey become a part of you. They show the world that you know who you are. You are no fashion victim. You are an original. Start dressing like one."


Well my dear readers, this concludes the A-Z series. It's been a lot of fun sharing it with you these past several months...I hope you've enjoyed it! :)

Have a beautiful and blessed day!



  1. What a run, FFM!

    Thank you so much for not only sharing the book but adding your own invaluable comments and shopping links!

    What's next for your "Book Club"? :-)
    I'll be looking forward to it.

    PS: I agree with NantucketDaffodil- what a way to end the alphabet!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by NantucketDaffodil! :)

    Crew Cricket: You're welcome! I'm so glad you've enjoyed it! :) I have another book in mind for the *Fabulous Florida Mommy Book Club* (thank you for that, it) that I think you'll enjoy. I just need to make sure it will work out as a series. Hopefully I can get it started in the next week or so.

    Have a great day ladies! :)

  4. Thanks for this series! It was really fun. Enjoy hearing that so many items I have or pine for were mentioned. Helps me feel better investing in some of them. I'd love to get a cashmere hoodie sometime. So far, I haven't found one on sale in my price range, but someday... :)

    Looking forward to the next one!

  5. suburban mom and ajr: Thank you both for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! :)