I haven’t done a book review in a while, since I don’t usually read about fashion and style. So I thought it would be a good idea to write about “The 1950s Look” – even though I didn’t finish it.
I wanted to love this book, I really really did. I kept looking for other reviews about it to see if anyone else felt the same way about it I did, and was left with that feeling like someone just told a hilarious joke and you’re the only one who doesn’t get it. I hated this book. And once again, it was my arch-nemesis of literature, a great topic ruined by dry writing. And oh god was this ever a good topic, and oh god was the writing dry! In fact there was hardly any writing at all. More than half of it was magazine excerpts, which sounds great, but in reality just doesn’t work. I would have thought that reading old magazine articles would be fascinating, and apparently to most people it was. But it ended up coming across to me as just lazy. Zero of the author’s personality came through. And with the best of intentions, the work was much too detailed. I don’t care what fabric men preferred for their suits in 1954 vs. 1953. I just don’t.
So in an effort not to give up completely, I decided to plow through and at least try to find some interesting sections. To my disappointment, even the parts about some of my favorite topics, underwear, makeup, and hair, were boring as hell. I just couldn’t do it. Even now I’m tempted to try again because the topics are so great, but every time I did that I immediately gave up. Still, I guess I’m glad to have it on hand as a reference in case I ever need it.
I won’t tell you to avoid this book completely because it is full of interesting information, pretty pictures, and most people who read it absolutely loved it. But if you can manage to read a few pages before buying it, that would definitely be a good idea.