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Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well Paperback – June 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475148275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475148275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, blogger, teacher, and communications professional. She earned a creative writing degree from Binghamton University in 1998 and, after graduation, worked in the book and magazine publishing industry for ten years. She has contributed writing to local newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout her entire professional life. In addition to writing her popular daily style and body image blog Already Pretty, she has contributed to The Frisky, typeF, and Glamour and is an ongoing features contributor to the Minneapolis StarTribune. She offers personal shopping and style consultation services, both in person for clients living in the Twin Cities and via e-mail for clients worldwide. She is one-third of Strong, Sexy, & Stylish, a collective of experts working to teach women to love themselves. Visit www.alreadypretty.com for more information about Sally, to participate in online forums related to this book, and to purchase a companion PDF.

Customer Reviews

Very disappointed by this book and I agree with every other 1 star review on here.
Toodles
Since reading "Already Pretty," I've found some other resources I would recommend instead.
Mia M
I borrowed this book from my local library but I'm incredibly glad I never paid any money for it.
Tara

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497 of 537 people found the following review helpful By Laura K. Smith on March 16, 2013
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I guess I must have thought there was some secret in here about creating style but it's very basic information about what looks good on you if you have narrow shoulders vs. broad shoulders, thick waist vs. thin waist, etc. I can't imagine going through all the exercises in this book and getting any new information about which things look good on me and which things don't. Maybe I pay more attention to this or I was taught well growing up but really, how can a grown woman NOT know these things about her body. I read this in maybe an hour and was very disappointed. It's for women who really have no clue at all about dressing themselves. Watch "What Not to Wear" and you'll get much more from that than you will from this. Too bad because it's a good idea.
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433 of 479 people found the following review helpful By SusieQ on March 30, 2014
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When I first looked at this woman's pics on her blog, I questioned my own taste and style because, quite frankly, her outfits are either frumpy or just plain weird. I know a lot of stylish women who can thrift successfully but her choices just look dated and I'll-fitting.

As far as body image, rather than helping to create acceptance, I see a whole lot of made up body issues and silly wardrobe challenges that few women actually have.

This is probably the least helpful style guide I've ever read.
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122 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Sa0rah0rah on January 19, 2015
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Nothing new worth reading that I didn't already know. Nothing earth-shattering that I couldnt hear on The View, the Today Show or any Oprah-esque tv show. Save your money!
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479 of 543 people found the following review helpful By Rose35 on March 28, 2014
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Go to her website, alreadypretty.com, and search her "dressed for" posts. Scroll through and ask yourself, do I want this person dressing me? I certainly wish I had done the same.
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321 of 377 people found the following review helpful By C. Young on April 1, 2014
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I only read the sample on my Kindle, but couldn't delete if off my reader fast enough! The writer's blog is nothing but questionable outfits (like she seems to have a thing for 90s cast-offs) and wordy armchair psychobabble. On her blog she comes off as smug and overly critical. There are books that do a much better job of giving advice on personal style.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By phoebe75 on January 21, 2015
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The information offered can be found for free online! She does not give any new perspective on dressing at all! Luckily, I borrowed this book instead of buying it- so I am not out any $$. There are many other books on the market that offer new ideas and tips- so save your money!
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Tara on January 23, 2015
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I borrowed this book from my local library but I'm incredibly glad I never paid any money for it. The author seems obsessed with legs far apart, hands on hips poses and clothing from the 1990s. Every styling choice is obsessed over to the minutiae to the point that even though I have no neuroses about my body shape, I am left feeling perhaps I should feel more insecure! There are lots of other, better known styling guides that are worth paying for.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Already Witty on May 21, 2014
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12/22/15

My previous review was removed today, after being up since May 21, 2014. (If you look above, that's why the date hasn't changed.) Sally McGraw's fake Facebook "friends," finally came to her rescue. (Recently she made an unprofessional plea for help, then changed the privacy settings to protect her unethical tactics.) So I'll briefly repeat what I wrote, before her stupid censors' attack again. I bought her book at a thrift store and found it lacking in any expert, creative content. I think her style is dowdy and dated. Additionally, I also disliked her smug, condescending and arrogant tone. If you want to learn about personal style, however, you'd be better off subscribing to famous fashion magazines. You won't discover anything new or valuable from the overly sensitive, self-proclaimed "Mayor of Matchy-Matchy Town!"
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