By Meeta Agrawal
Updated February 01, 2008 05:00 AM
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Ever wonder why grown women wear mittens? Or why designers constantly flash back to previous decades? British journalist Hadley Freeman spins wildly entertaining theories on the often ridiculous trends to which women subject themselves in The Meaning of Sunglasses. The breezy entries in this A-to-Y compendium range from instruction (the right length to wear a skirt) to outright indictment (why velvet should be banned). Though her choice of topics can seem scattershot — spa etiquette has its own entry, as do Kate Moss and music-festival attire — Freeman provides cheeky perspective in sample-size morsels. B+