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Dressing Rich: A Guide to Classic Chic for Women with More Taste than Money (Perigee Book) Paperback – May 30, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Perigee Book
  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (May 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059517793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595177936
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leah Feldon, author of Does This Make Me Look Fat?, Dress Like A Million, Traveling Light, and Womenstyle, has been helping women look their best for over 20 years. A former Today Show contributor, People Magazine correspondent, PM Magazine host, and creator/host of the Learning Channel's Simply Style, she also works as a media spokesperson and personal style consultant.

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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.

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really enoyed Leah Feldon's book, "Does This Make Me Look Fat" and wanted to read some more of her work. Based on the good reviews this book received and the interesting chapter titles, I ordered it sight unseen.
Be warned-this book is from 1982. Nancy Reagen is often held up as a rich dressing woman to emulate. (What?!)Most of the fashion drawings show very heavily padded shoulders and wide belt styles a la 1980s. But worst of all, the 1980 advice often contradicts Leah Feldon's 2000 advice. For example: 2000 advice: wear dark colors-author's wardrobe is mostly black & dark colors-looks richer.1980 advice:off white jackets and slacks are "fashion essentials." (Miami Vice?) Even the cover is a contradiction-in the book the author states that long hair never looks elegant hanging loose,yet the cover shows a woman with a mane of hot-rollered slightly frizzy long hair hanging loose.
Sure the book covers basic concepts like cashmere makes for a rich sweater, and the fashion "types" in the first chapter are interesting. Had I been able to see this book in person though, I would have immediately dismissed it as dated. Buy instead, her new book from this decade.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By GadgetChick on August 15, 2005
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I bought this book as a young teenager and used it for many years as a reference guide for how to dress for occasions where I was unsure how to look. I came from a less-than-privileged background (we weren't poor, but my parents were teachers and there wasn't a lot of money) but many of my friends were from affluent families. My grandmothers and mother are very classy people and they did their best to teach me about how to dress, but they had no experience with, say, dressing for a golf tournament dinner or for a day on a sailboat.

Over the years, through college and my professional career, I would refer back to this book a lot. Yes, the drawings are dated; yes, some of the advice is dated. But there are some great tips in this book about how to buy basics for your wardrobe that will last for years, how to recognize quality fabrics and workmanship, how to combine high-end and low-end items for a complete polished look, what looks always work and what will always be questionable, etc. If you come from a working-class background, but because of your job or your spouse's social status you need to socialize with affluent people, it is great to have a guide telling you what works and what doesn't, and how not to make a fool out of yourself. That is what this book did for me. Over the years I have used the advice in the book over and over, to build a classic, conservative, professional wardrobe that helps me whether I am going to an important meeting at work or a black-tie charity function.

There are some sections of the book that you have to take with a grain of salt, especially since now this book is over 20 years old. But if you are totally at a loss about what to wear to a given social event, or you feel you're at a disadvantage because you socialize with people who can afford much better clothes than you can, this book is a great primer about what to wear. It's a classic, and the advice is still as relevant today as it was back when the book was written.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved this book when first came out in the mid-eighties and am ecstatic to see this new reprint. It's one fashion book that should be in print forever since the information it offers is timeless. It's got a really original and interesting take on what makes for an elite monied look, and then goes on to tell you just how to achieve that look for yourself, even without a trust fund backing you up. It's also great fun to read. You have to admire Feldon (admittedly one of my favorite fashion authors) for writing a style book almost 17 years ago that is is still relevant and right on target today. I highly reccommend it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2002
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I bought this book in 1988, just out of college, and I still keep it handy. It's very useful for special events, business situations, you name it. Also fun to read, and helpful in planning "investment" purchases. This book has saved me lots of money, and has helped me figure out how to use things I already have. Just a terrific book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elena on March 12, 2009
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This book really encourages you to clean up your closet getting rid of the cheap looking pieces. It helps you to create a wardrobe of more quality and if you follow all the up to date advice, discarding what can no longer be used in today's society, you will never be overdressed or underdressed (don't know which is worse...:)).

It also teaches you a bit about different fabrics, which is helpful if you don't know anything about them.

The book talks about a bunch of different dressing styles. Personally I would never make one of them my own, but nevertheless I enjoyed reading about them.

After reading this book I went through my closet and was very happy to discover that I mostly own natural fabrics and there were few pieces I had to get rid of to make my wardrobe more of quality.

What I found the most interesting in this book is when it talks about an article of closing being "quality" depending on how you use it. For instance if you use plastic coat as a raincoat, it is "quality" or "q", but if you use it as a "leather" coat, it's non-q. I like this kind of philosophy. I am passionately against fakes - clothing that looks like couture but not, fake D & G, Valentino etc. I'd rather wear generic clothing than something with a false pretense of a brand name.

I believe this book is a must have.
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