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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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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.
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!"
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book when it first came out. With a big work function coming up, it was the book I pulled off the shelf prior to going shopping. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Butler
Very disappointed by this book and I agree with every other 1 star review on here. I was given this book by a friend who raved about the blog behind this book. What!!? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Toodles
Sally is positive and encouraging. This style guide is for people who need the basics. It's not high fashion or an academic type of read about the industry and fashion as it... Read morePublished 16 months ago by rjh3339
Practical, creative, funny, and inquisitive, Already Pretty is a thoughtful and well-articulated guide to one of the most important messages there is in life: own what ya got, and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by JoAnna J.
I purchased this book over a year ago and have used it throughout the year. Sally provides real fashion advice, coupled with representations of women in fashion that we do not get... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Allie Moen
This is a great style guide that gives good advice under the awesome blanket of loving yourself. I love the body positivity here and the way the author makes sure to couch... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Atwood