Ms. McMillan's first book is a quirky, short read that is part memoir, a little philosophical, and offers straightforward, how-to common sense fashion advice for the everywoman--especially for those in midlife who may have become complacent about getting dressed every day.
Fashion from the field draws from nuggets of information the author gleaned while working as style editor for a small, rural weekly newspaper in an affluent region of Connecticut where many notable names in fashion have homes or second homes. She also writes from advice doled out by her fashionable mother in rural Ohio, who graces the book's cover in a photograph taken more than 56 years ago.
In the chapter on organizing one's closet, which the author says is a key to dressing well, Ms. McMillan suggests that a person tackle the project on a rainy day with a glass of wine or a cup of tea in hand. She also advises that women approach the project with the same kind of passion they have for shopping.
The author recently celebrated the launch of the e-Book with a virtual Party in My Closet!, where shoppers visited the author's website at to purchase a few very much loved, but no longer required fashionable items that were looking for new homes. All were items the author found during a recent closet-cleaning session of her own.
Other topics covered in the book include: Can style have substance? How you can participate in New York Fashion Week, and from the experience update your look using what you already have in your closet. What to wear when you're not sure what to wear. The definitive word on the time of year when you can wear velvet, and the simple, but most important advice ever about developing and maintaining your style.
Fashion from the field, which is available from the author's website at http://www.MelanieMcMillan.com, sells for $4.97. It is available for immediate download in PDF format, and in formats for readers who use Kindle, Nook and other reading devices.
Ms. McMillan, a theology student who recently unchained herself from a job in "corporate,"