While the stereotype that book authors either dress too seriously or too shabbily is long gone, you'll still rarely them in the funky dressing territory. Most tend to lean towards a neutral color palette and basic pieces, which makes sense, because they're versatile and no-nonsense, and exude a professional vibe. Then there are those who elevate these simple outfits by way of one-of-a-kind details and accessories, like Katie Cotugno and Robyn Schneider, who (along with Maybe One Day author Melissa Kantor) are currently in Manila for a book signing tour.
Katie, who penned bestselling novel How To Love, a story of a young couple falling in love twice, and the recently published 99 Days, which follows a teenage girl as she tries to correct mistakes from her past over the course of a summer, looks distinguished in a black top and black and cream printed skirt, a classic ensemble that gets a fun upgrade with a beaded bib neckpiece and animal-print eyeglasses and totally reflects Katie's effervescent personality.
Robyn, on the other hand, tackles illness and tragedy in her novels, the critically-acclaimed The Beginning of Everything, about a boy who finds a new beginning after an abrupt and tragic ending, and Extraordinary Means, a story of two teens with a deadly disease who fall in love on the brink of a cure. but that doesn't mean she ain't fun. Proof? Her cosmic print stick on nail art, which she put on herself. She shares she got them from Comic-Con in the US because it reminded her of Star Trek.
The lesson: You can be smart, look smart, and still have standout style. Just like Katie and Robyn, jazz up whatever outfit you have on with accessories that scream 'you.'
Catch them at their book signing event tomorrow July 5, 2 p.m. in the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from National Book Store, Powerbooks, and National Book Store Express will be accommodated.