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Does This Make Me Look Fat?: The Definitive Rules for Dressing Thin for Every Height, Size, and Shape Paperback – December 10, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (December 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812967658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812967654
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Words to live by . . . This chatty, entertaining illustrated volume by fashion guru [Leah] Feldon . . . offers up some useful skinny on looking svelte.” —People

“Follow these rules to banish the ‘F’ word from your vocabulary forever.” —Glamour

“This slimming bible goes beyond choosing vertical stripes over horizontals. . . . The next time you ask the question ‘Does this make me look fat?,’ the answer will be a resounding ‘no!’” —New York Daily News

From the Inside Flap

With a rousing ?we?re all in this together? attitude, Leah Feldon proves that a well-chosen wardrobe can render any figure fabulous. ?All we have to do,? writes Feldon, ?is choose the right clothes?clothes that camouflage any real or imagined figure flaws rather than highlighting them?and learn how to do it with ultimate style and confidence.? Take five pounds off your look with a new hemline; disguise a bit of bulge with a cleverly designed blouse; highlight your best assets with the perfect accessories. The key to ?camouflage chic? is dressing to suit your body type, comfort level, and lifestyle?all while maximizing your own personal flair.

Instead of spending another moment agonizing in front of the closet, you?ll learn how to:
* distinguish between ?yes? and ?no? colors
* lose the tummy without the tuck
* perk up your basic black
* create optical illusions for a long, lean look
* conquer the dreaded bathing-suit challenge
* follow timeless tenets of good taste

Packed with empowering, easy-to-implement tips, fun illustrations, and celebrity style secrets, Does This Make Me Look Fat? provides all the information you?ll need to create a slimmer, more stylish, and better-proportioned look (and to help your man do it, too!).

More About the Author

Leah Feldon, nationally acclaimed author and fashion expert, is one of America's most frequently quoted style gurus. Her wisdom frequently appears on the pages of People, In Style, Allure, Family Circle, Spa, Real Simple, Woman's World, and Health Magazine, among others.

Her most recent fashion book, an Amazon bestseller, Does This Make Me Look Fat? (Random House) was featured on Oprah, The Today Show, The View, Lifetime Live, and in a special six page section in Glamour Magazine (among other venues). Ms. Feldon's previous book, Dress Like A Million - On Considerably Less (Random House), was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and serialized in First, Redbook, Family Circle, and The Complete Woman. Her other books include the perennial classic Dressing Rich (Putnam), a Book-of-the-Month Club best seller for over five years, Traveling Light (Putnam), and WomanStyle (Crown). Both Dress Like a Million and Dressing Rich have been recently republished by iUniverse..

A former lifestyle contributor on NBC's The Today Show, Ms. Feldon also hosted The Learning Channel's premiere style series, Simply Style as well as PM Magazine, and The Home Shopping Show. Over the years she's also been a frequent guest/ contributor on other notable shows such as Oprah, The Jane Pauley Show, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Crook & Chase, Hard Copy, Debra Duncan, Mike & Maty, Marilu, Home Matters, 700 Club, and Today at Home.

In addition, Ms. Feldon was a longtime Special Correspondent for People Magazine, an integral part of the start-up team for In Style, and has written innumerable articles for other national publications including Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Redbook, TV Guide, Cosmo, and First. Co-author of The Okinawa Program, The Okinawa Diet Plan, Help Your Baby Talk, and Perfect Balance, She has also worked behind the scenes to write, shape, and develop various literary projects.

A popular guest speaker, Ms. Feldon, as entertaining as she is informative, has addressed conventions, women's clubs and groups, and has toured as a National Spokesperson for some of the country's most notable companies, representing them via TV, satellite tours, radio, and special in-store special events across the country.

Ms. Feldon can be reached via her website www.LeahFeldon.com.

Customer Reviews

The book is informative and an enjoyable read.
Lee Mellott
If you (like me) are blessed with a beautifull curvy body that looks best when it's naked, and worst when dressed to the nines, this book is for you.
Amazon Customer
It really helps you figure out which clothes will make you look great and which clothes won't.
Lupe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Your husband wouldn't dare tell you. Your girlfriend might not either. But Leah Feldon will! Filled with refreshing anectodes and jammed with information, "Does This Make Me Look Fat" gives you all the information you need to make good fashion decisions! You can look slimmer, taller, more elegant and better proportioned. Leah explains what styles work best for different body types, colors that slim, optical illusions that add sleek elegance, selecting a bathing suit without angst and much more! Her section on accessories covers everything from shoes that make your feet look clunky to belts that pack pounds on your waistline! She even includes information on what to look for in a quality garment and how to wear your hair for best effects. But Leah goes beyond telling you what will look best she explains in great detail why it will look best. So when you go shopping you will know what to look for. Interspersed throughout the text are interesting quotes from celebrities like designer Isaac Mizrahi and actress Minnie Driver. I would like to have seen some actual photographs of clothing but the line drawings included are helpful. The book is informative and an enjoyable read. I recommend it. But if you read the book and are still not sure if a garment makes you look fat just ask your mother!
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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Lupe on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I Really loved this book! I found the information extremely useful and wonderfully accessible. (The illustrations and quotes are great fun too.) I'm recommending it to all my friends! I Can't believe the reviewer who was going on about how superficial it is to care about what we wear. What planet is she from? She totally missed the point of this book and what the author is trying to say. In fact, it doesn't sound like she read the book at all. The author clearly points out that of course, we should love ourselves as we are, but that it only makes sense to choose the clothes that make us look our best. How we dress clearly reflects the way we feel about ourselves. Why would anyone---execept, of course, the reviewer---want to wear clothes that are not flattering? If she wants to look unsightly, that is certainly her priviledge and she has my blessings. But for the rest of us, who would like to put our best foot forward---no matter how fat or skinny we are--and present ourselves in the best light, this book is a treasure. It really helps you figure out which clothes will make you look great and which clothes won't. It's as simple as that.
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book does succeed in telling women how to create an unbroken line of monochromatics, which creates the illusion of a longer, leaner body. However, it is not in the books's scope to tell you how to flatter your unique shape. If you are a woman who is round all around, or thick top and down without much waist definition, these tips will work great. However, any curvaceous woman, like a pear or an hourglass, might wish to purchase "The Pocket Stylist" instead, as the advice there is not to make you look leaner as much as flatter your existing body type. As an hour glass, these tips made me look boxy, much leaner, but boxy as though I were shaped like a ruler.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I recently came back to this book, and decided to edit my review. Basically there are two kinds of fashion advice books: lots of photographs and not much text, or the text-heavy, sparsely illustrated. Both are useful, and you need some of each. This is one of the latter. You won't find current photos in color. You will find line illustrations of freakishly elongated girl-women, with legs three times their torso lengths. Useful for illustrating terminology; not useful for showing how something makes you look fatter or thinner. Where this book excels is in general principles. It will tell you to wear a short sleeve T with the sleeve ending at or above the narrowest part of your upper arm. Advice like this works no matter what the current style is, and these principles will work whether it's 1960, or 2007.

This book is not without problems. Despite the 2000 publishing date, it seems curiously outdated in some places. Does anyone still remember the knee-length knit vests that Bea Arthur wore as Maude, thirty years ago? Feldon apparently does. It's like the low-rise bootcut pant was never invented, either. All the pants shown are high-waisted, pleated and straight or tapered. Feldon also describes herself as a black-aholic. Most of us probably already have tons of black in our closets, and may be a little tired of it.

These detractions don't spoil the book for me, however. Feldon gives advice for women with short waists and long waists (and tells you how to determine which one you are), pear-shapes, large busts, and other variations, and most of us will relate to at least one of these types, and can benefit from advice in this book. If you get nothing else from this book remember: If it's in a fabric that is stiff, bulky, or shiny - it will make you look bigger. Take a look at your coworkers and see what I mean. These are rules you can use, right now, right where you are.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2004
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Feldon mixes some useful information about clothing construction, color, and line in with her other advice, but most of the book is devoted to exactly what the title suggests: making you look slimmer. Her advice on "dressing thin" works only if you have are heavier than you'd like but not curvy; if you have curves, the straight-up-and-down line, with no waist definition, will only make you look heavier by obscuring your thinner parts. If, like me, you are happy with your basic shape but would like to look your best, you will have to glean the useful information and discard the rest. Forget her advice about basing your wardrobe on black unless you want to look older, more tired, and outdated. Most people look better in a less stark dark neutral such as navy, brown, or army green. (And if you think black fades into the background, notice how someone in all-black stands out against the typical pale sidewalks and buildings of the city or the light greys of some offices; their contrast with their background can make people look larger, not smaller.) The emphasis is on very classic styles, mostly for work, and some of her choices are outdated, as mentioned below (Maude vests are the most hilarious example.) The book combines useful with not-so-useful advice. It's worth buying second-hand or borrowing from a library.
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