Wearable Vintage Fashion by Jo Waterhouse and Claire Bridge

Firstly, let me apologise for the rubbish photos. I am currently locked outside of my flat, and I can't leave (as the main door will close, and I don't have a spare key for that one). So I'm waiting in the corridor, doing my book review (always productive!).

I was sent 'Wearable Vintage Fashion' from the publishers to review, and it is currently available for £14.96 on Amazon.

I also need to say that although I am featured in the book, as well as Rockalily lipstick being featured, I was sent the book just as a blogger, for review. I am not affiliated with the book in anyway, so I hope my review still proves somewhat helpful.

If I were browsing, it would definitely get my attention, it is a sizeable coffee table book. I'm a fan of picture heavy books (despite loving reading) when it is about fashion. I think I'm less about the exact details, and more about swooning at pretty dresses.

The book is divided into sections, each decade from the 1920s to the 1980s and then a vintage street style section at the end.

I obviously turned straight to the 1950s section - its a good place to start if you liked pretty dresses!

The 1950s has been divided into 'Workwear', 'Teen Fashion', 'Evening Wear' and 'Cotton Dresses'. It then has two 2 page spreads of 'Get The Look' where it uses a vintage photograph for inspiration. They then create an outfit, using a mixture of pieces, not only vintage pieces from the decade. I suppose this comes back to the book's title- wearable vintage. It is very possible to get the look, without having to be truly authentic.

There is then an 'Icon' page for each decade, which for me, is the weakest element of the book. In the 1950s one for example, they have used Marilyn Monroe as the style icon. However the model is wearing a bad wig, and a 1980s sequin dress. It looks pretty 'fancy dress'.

The final element to the section is the 'Look Book' pages, which are great if you just like perving over vintage clothes like I do.

This page shows Rockalily lippy being featured (yey) but also another example of a poor 'Icon' page. This features the style inspiration of Carmen Miranda for the 1940s, but the poor girl just looks like a fancy dress advert. It seems like the title of the book was a little forgotten here.

Now for the vintage street style section. What is fab, is that I recognise some of the faces in there from other vintage bloggers I know. My picture doesn't really look so much like me anymore, but here I am!

Overall, I can imagine buying the book as a gift for someone, and I do like books I can flick through and look at clear and pretty clothes. I wouldn't buy it as a fashion reference one, but it isn't trying to be that I guess!

You're getting enough bang for your buck, and I wouldn't feel ripped off (as I do with some niche books that don't have enough content). The quality of the glossy paper and the cover is lovely too. 

How do you pick which vintage fashion books to buy?