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Chic Simple Dress Smart Women: Wardrobes That Win in the New Workplace Hardcover – September 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Chic Simple
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446530441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446530446
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Stone and Kim Johnson Gross are the creators of Chic Simple, the ideology of paired-down elegance that is sweeping the nation. They live and work Chic Simple in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

I dress both my boyfriend and myself from the great tips these books offer.
E. Jones
I need to build a new work wardrobe and this is a great book for putting together a basic work wardrobe in a short time with minimal effort.
Trish the Dish
Great book for someone getting a promotion, returning to work after a leave of absense, or a new college graduate.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2002
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I really love the Chic Simple books ... I find the photographs, text and lay out to be really inspirational and compelling on a daily basis i.e. we all have to get dressed each day, and these books (especially "What Should I Wear?" - my real favourite) have made it more fun for me to wear, and buy, my clothes and accessories. There is one matter about this new book which has disappointed me in only a small way, and that is that the authors have chosen to use certain photos and text from older books in this, their new book. I dislike paying for the same content twice. I also had very high hopes for this new book, the first new 'big' fashion/wardbrobe-planning book by these authors for some years now, and was a bit cheesed off to find the same images/text, apparently recycled. It's just a small thing, but it seems to me to be a little lazy on their part. That said, I'm still a fan of the book, and wish I'd had it years ago when I started my first job (I wear suits for work & this book really focuses on that look and how to 'polish' it or expand upon it). This would be a great book for a recent graduate, or for the library of a corporate employer looking for a simple yet thorough and elegant style guide for their staff.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "generalbarnes" on October 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book does an excellent job of getting you from nothing to wear to a closet of every possible wardrobe nessessity for the office. The organization is fantastic, going from one interview outfit and then starting a collection of business appropriate clothing based on four suits. Great book for someone getting a promotion, returning to work after a leave of absense, or a new college graduate.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Kara Russell VINE VOICE on January 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For many years, I have had "Women's Wardrobe" by this writing team, and have referred to it whenever I was revisiting my closet space issues. As a character actress of many years, writer, and day-jobber, my closet tends to clothe many "people". These books really help you pare down your fashion thoughts to the essentials.

Some will find the pictured examples and the thoughts on appropriate work wear extremely conventional... but most work places ARE very conservative, especially when it comes to interviews, business meetings and public appearances. I think the only thing lacking in this book is an entire section about injecting yourself, your personality into this framework. They do mention this, but there could be more. However, to be fair, this is not their intent. This is SIMPLE, how to do it with less clothing, simple rules, few pieces to make things work well - and they succeed completely.

As an observer of people, I kept thinking how especially useful this book would be for several young friends who were leaving college and struggling with the mental dissonance of "what I wear should not matter, it is who I am and how I do my job" as contrasted with the tyranny of workplace dress codes. As a feminist idealist, it shouldn't matter what we wear. As a pragmatist, we all know that how you dress does matter, as much as looks, speach, cleanliness, and what school you attended. As an actress, it is a large part of creating a character: what you wear says things about who you are, how you think, how you live, and what you aspire to.

This book adresses all of that, and gives a marvelous basic guideline to build your thoughts of self-presentation AT WORK around.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Izzey VINE VOICE on February 1, 2006
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This book is Molloy's Dress for Success illustrated. And my one complaint with Molloy is that there were no photo illustrations.

The items featured in this book are completely real, and are geared towards professional working women, not ladies who lunch, downwardly mobile women, clerical women, or "girls."

This book fills a nice gap between Molloy and Kendall Farr, who in the Pocket Stylist tells you how to buy clothes that fit, but does not seem to care about looking "smart" and educated.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tonyi Thomas Pelham on October 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is broken down into three sections: the interview, succeeding in the job, and getting a better job. It fits anyone that works and give excellent advice. Of course, the pictures are a wonderful asset. This would make a great gift for any career woman.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trish the Dish on August 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book and returned it. Then after getting an interview appointment, and being out of the workforce for nearly 3 years decided maybe I did need to reference it to see what I needed if I decided to return to the office environment. So I purchased it again a week later. It's a great book for those on the fast track to CEO, Partner, Associate, etc. According to this book I only need four suits, black, navy, beige, and gray. Very John Malloy (who is mentioned in the first chapter) approach to office/corporate dress. NO colors allowed. Everything is black, white, navy, beige, well you get the picture. Oh, they do recommend burgundy shoes, and bag. And maybe a blue Hermes scarf! Just a little too stodgy for my taste, although, I will follow a lot of their recommendations. I need to build a new work wardrobe and this is a great book for putting together a basic work wardrobe in a short time with minimal effort. Job Well Done!
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