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

3.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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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.
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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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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By Giulia V. on January 26, 2015
I suspect this woman might be colorblind and not know it. She definitely has no eye for proportions, no idea of what constitutes "quality" when it comes to clothing, and no business telling other people how to dress themselves.

If you are determined to try and develop new weird insecurities and learn ineffective tips for keeping your secretly hideous body in check, then by all means, buy this book. If you want to really learn how to dress better, don't.
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12/22/15

My previous review was removed after being online 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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I bought this book after college, when I began wanting to branch out from jeans and flip-flops but wasn't sure how I wanted to dress instead. I didn't like the outfits Sal posted on her blog, but a couple of bloggers I really respected recommended her--and I liked the idea of doing mini assignments to figure out my style--so I gave it a try.

Honestly, I had some fun answering the questions in the first part of the book, but the second part was all about what to wear to accentuate or minimize different body parts, which seemed sad to me rather than enlightening. Because I was so eager to experiment, I tried some of Sal's suggestions anyway and spent about a year wearing A-line skirts, waist belts, and bright colors. In the end, I realized I didn't like dressing that way at all, but I do think the experimentation helped me work out my style, even though it was in a roundabout way.

Since reading "Already Pretty," I've found some other resources I would recommend instead. Free blog series: Coletterie's "Wardrobe Architect" (intended for people who sew but useful for those who don't too), Putting Me Together's "Building a Remixable Wardrobe." Books: "Women in Clothes" (not a style guide, but a great window into other women's thoughts on dressing themselves), any of the "What Not to Wear" book (though they should be taken with a grain of salt—but then all of these things should be). And you should probably also read the Recovering Shopaholic blog, just to keep it all in check!
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