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Harper's Bazaar Great Style: Best Ways to Update Your Look Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588166732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588166739
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Harper’s Bazaar

Known for working with the best designers, photographers and stylists in the business, Harper’s Bazaar magazine is focused entirely on fashion and beauty coverage. Bazaar IS fashion, and covers all the trends from casual to couture to fulfill its editorial mission: to provide women with the power to distinguish themselves. The Bazaar woman—says the magazine—is the one who lights up a room and whom other women copy. Published in 20 countries, the magazine reaches 2.9 million readers every month in the U.S.

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Overall, this is a very fun and helpful book.
Stuckhead
The advice in this book won't have you buying "The" it item that will be "out" in a matter of a season.
IssVictorian
The book is an A-Z guide for all sizes and ages.
Carrie

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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Marcy G. on November 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best style/fashion books currently in publication and - trust me - I have looked. I am a big fan of Harper's Bazaar magazine, with its glossy spreads and entertaining, clever articles so this book was on my 'must have' list as soon as I discovered its pending publication in Amazon.

This book doesn't disappoint. Fans of magazines like In Style and People Stylewatch will love how this book blends a traditional style guide with the world of fashion and entertainment. Case in point, the Table of Contents covers the following:

(1) The Basics - how to build the 'ultimate wardrobe'; the essentials; the basics; what to spend on and what to save on; and more. Among my favorites? The "Shopping Calendar" which covers what to buy at what time of the year, and "How Many" which covers how many sweaters, tshirts, coats, etc. any well-stocked wardrobe should really have.

(2) Personal Style - how to develop your own style; covers top fashion icons of yesterday and today; and the various fashion personalities (ie. Jackie Onassis and Jennifer Aniston as "classicists," Madonna as a "maverick," Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller as "bohemians," Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez as "bombshells," and so on).

(3) Fabulous at Every Age - how to look your best at every age as well as top fashion icons in every age group (and proof that you can look stylish and fashionable even well into your 70s and 80s)

(4) Celebrate Your Shape - how to dress for your shape; covers the various "shapes" as well as celebrity examples

(5) Office Elegance - dressing appropriately for work; office-wear essentials

(6) Evening Glam - party looks; tips on dressing for that special occasion or night out.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By catrina c on October 28, 2007
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wardrobe-building-and-fashion type guides on the market today. Beats the cr*p out of In Style's books. Filled with good advice, beautiful lay out and design. I will refer to it often.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By HangoverTKOcom on November 9, 2007
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This book was amazing!! So many great tips, ideas and tidbits that really help! And it was easy and enjoyable to read (or in my case, devour). Its all right there in one place! I consider it the new bible of style!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elena on March 12, 2010
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Overall a pretty good book. First chapter of the book is dedicated to talking about the wardrobe basic building blocks, such as

1. Dark lean suit
2. Pencil skirt or a-line skirt if more suitable for your body type0
3. Crisp white shirt
4. Great pair of jeans
5. Little black dress

In addition to basic building blocks, the book talks about classics that are worth having regardless of current trands, such as white t-shirts, cashmere cardigan, white jeans, trousers, shift dress, tuxedo, boucle jacket, trench coat, and camel overcoat.

Then there is a list of items worth splurging on as well as the items one could save on.

Splurge list: Coat, chunky knits, such as cashmere sweaters, dressy blouses, furs, cocktail dresses and evening gowns.

Save list: jeans, pants, skirts, button-up shirts, lightweight knits, tank tops and t-shirts.

I totally agree with saving on t-shirts since in order to look good, they need to be replaced often and thus are not worth splurging on. Although personally, I prefer white t-shirts and tank tops from quality cotton even though I always avoid paying much for them, trying to catch them on big sales.

For the most part I found advice in the book reasonable and useful but a few things were not to my liking. Like, for instance, the calendar on when to shop for what. The calendar in the book recommends to shop for seasonal items BEFORE season starts when seasonal clothes are the most expensive. I believe that if one is not in search of the current trends but is stocking up on basics, it's better to shop for seasonal item AFTER the season has began, or towards the end of the season. this was you will have exactly what you want for much less.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isa on December 14, 2007
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I bought the book after reading some of the reviews. I am glad I did because it is one of the best. It is clear, well oranized and very helpful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Whitney Graham on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a Bazaar magazine subscriber and it is my favorite amongst its competitors. The magazine contains real fashion advice for updating your seasonal wardrobe and makeup rather than a deluge of ads. Naturally, I had high hopes for the book. However, I was to put it mildly - grossly disappointed. It did not deliver on the title - Best Ways to Update Your Look. The pictures of the Hollywood Set (that we just can't escape) were less than flattering or exemplary of great style. In many cases I thought they contradicted the fashion advice throughout the book. While I was disappointed, this book is well organized and contains information for wardrobe structuring and maintenance that just might last a lifetime and for that it deserves applause!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on December 11, 2007
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This book was recommended on a fashion site blog. The book is an A-Z guide for all sizes and ages. Definitely one that I will use as a resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IssVictorian on February 27, 2008
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If you prefer Harpers Bazaar the magazine over the other fashion magazines out there, then you will probably like this book as well. The advice given in it is straight forward and filled with photos. I liked it because it doesn't take a super trendy approach but more of dressing to fit your own style/preferences with looks from casual to formal/age appropriate/lifestyle/accessories and range of body types. The advice in this book won't have you buying "The" it item that will be "out" in a matter of a season. It advises on what you probably already have in your closet as well as what to buy to enhance your overall wardrobe for different occasions and lifesyles. It also gives breakdowns on individual pieces (boots, jeans, jackets, dresses, bags etc). The layout is simply and straight forward, not complicated. Its a book you can reference for those times when you feel there's nothing to wear. You can pick this up and get ideas that will work for any occasion.
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