You HAVE to Read This Awesome Style Advice from the 70s

Jessica Schiffer

If you read Who What Wear regularly, or simply follow fashion, you’re well aware by now that the 70s are back in a big way. So there couldn’t have been a better time for me to stumble upon a much-revered style bible from the era titled Cheap Chic that has since gone out of print. I had heard whispers of its greatness before, but the real thing is even better than expected! While a little kitschy, the bulk of the advice is incredibly timeless and wholly relevant to the recent trends of “wardrobe building” and minimalism.

As editors, we often write about the essentials you have to get your hands on, and the authors of this book, Caterine Milinaire and Carol Troy, appear to have prematurely stolen our fire. It’s a book that celebrates ALL women—their individual styles—but that also believes a proper “canvas” of items will help each one of us put our best foot forward. Or, in their own words:

“The basic concept of Cheap Chic for both men and women is to have a few clothes that make you feel good rather than a closet full of mismatched fashions. Find the clothes that suit you best, that make you feel comfortable, confident, sexy, good looking and happy… and then hang on to them like old friends.”

Check out the best highlights below, paired with our fave images of 70s ingenue Ali MacGraw!

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