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How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting! Hardcover – March 10, 2010

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In How Not to Look Old, Krupp aided readers in their quest to fend off the ravages of age. In this second outing, she puts her style and beauty savvy—gleaned from her work at Glamour, InStyle, More, and People: Style Watch—to work helping women discover and celebrate their slimmer side. Those who know the basics of dressing thin (avoid horizontal stripes; Spanx do wonders for bulgy bits; etc.) and are ready for advanced techniques will be thrilled with this book. And novices who think any derriere looks good in any jean should study up: the woman knows her stuff, as evidenced by loads of revelatory before-and-after photos, plus clever tips and useful lists (e.g., the winter-themed Swap-outs chart recommends sleek leather gloves vs. bulky woolly ones). The book is organized by issue, such as big bust, muffin top + back fat, and Buddha belly. While some of the topics may seem wacky at first (Are your brows making you look fat? and Hiding fat with your bag), a careful read will reveal that Krupp's advice—delivered in just the right knowledgeable-yet-commiserating tone—makes excellent sense. When it comes to clothes and the female figure, the author understands how proportion, balance, and color make the difference between lumpy and lovely, frumpy and fabulous. (Apr.)
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"Ms. Krupp's mission is to consider every possible roll, bump and curve of the body and propose ways to minimize it, distract from it, or make it disappear with artful dressing. There is a voyeuristic thrill to reading even sections that don't apply to your own body type."―Chrsitina Binkley, Wall Street Journal

"Consider the mystery of looking great in clothes solved."―Redbook

"..The book is a bible for creating optical illusions with correct garment choices...Any woman can benefit."―San Francisco Chronicle

"about as impossible to resist as chocolate."Orlando Sentinel

"In her new book, "How to Never Look Fat Again,'' she compiles easy, smart, and chic tips on how women can look thinner without spending endless hours at the gym. She guarantees her fashion secrets will help you by tonight."―The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (March 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446547476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446547475
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Schenck VINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
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I had purchased Charla's previous bestseller, How Not to Look Old, gleaned a few tips (she dared me to buy designer jeans, despite being in my 50s), and then sold it on Amazon. Because, let's face it, whatever tips she gave will be outdated in a decade. Her new book, however, has the potential to be a keeper. It contains timeless tips on how to look ten or more pounds thinner simply by the way you dress.

The book covers all sorts of body types such as big bust, wide face, arm flap, large belly, wide hips and thighs, big booty, heavy calves, wide feet and ankles. There is also a chapter on how to never look fat in summer, another for winter, another for workout clothes and one for evening clothes. A final chapter tells you what to do with your cast offs.

Each chapter has photos of famous people used as examples--mostly stars, but even Michelle Obama pops up in a couple. Each chapter also has quite a few special sections. "You know you have it when..." contains a checklist to see if you have the problem. There is a list of "High-fat/No-fat" clothing and accessories analyzed for their potential fat-making content. The "Swap-outs" section tells you how to exchange pieces of fashion for your body type. There is also a list of "10 Things that Make You Look Fat." "Thinner by Tonight!" provides "instant gratification" for dropping a dress size in seconds. "Brilliant Buys" gives specific recommendations for products that work, detailing brands, style number, prices and where to get them. The "Vows" section has (sometimes humorous) vows for your type. There is also special advice for the petite as well as the size 14 and up.
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This book should really be called, "How to Never Look Fat Again If You Aren't Really Very Fat To Start With", as the advice is for women who THINK they are fat, or are perhaps 20 pounds overweight. Not for the women of this country who are really, actually, fat.

I'm writing this review as a woman who is really, actually, fat.

Let's start with the first chapter, which is when I should have known to return this book. Charla Krupp suggests "psychological counseling" for women who are more than 50 pounds overweight. Which is nice - if you have insurance and that insurance covers it. Most health insurance in the US does not cover any treatment for obesity, including counseling.

Also -- and most importantly -- if a fat person picks up a book like this, they want advice for NOW, not when they lose fifty pounds. If I lost fifty pounds, I wouldn't need the bloody book! And don't get me started on her obvious lack of knowledge of many common medical reasons behind weight gain -- I realize this isn't a medical book, but if you are going to write a book about fat, you need to have some understanding of why people get fat and understand that it is not always simply a matter of will. This is obvious in, as another review mentioned, her attitude (and our cultural attitudes) towards being fat.

Krupp gets some things dead wrong. Things like facts, which make me wonder, where was her editor? For example, in the chapter about fat arms the author mentions a friend who had bariatric surgery, lost a bunch of weight, then had plastic surgery to fix floppy skin. The friend had a lot of side effects from the surgery - long scars, lack of feeling in the arms, etc. Krupp then archly says, "Dumbbells, anyone?
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I liked Charla's first book, but this one turned me off. If you read the first book, you've already gotten much of what she's going into here. I got the e-mail on Spanx and shapewear (which she treats as close to God-like in this book) and heels (the higher the better). As other reviewers have commented, her Brilliant Buy recommendations are mostly for more expensive products. She does throw in a few items at lower price points, but not very many.

Each chapter features 3 or 4 pictures of celebrities. Unfortunately, these are mostly pictures of model-thin celebrities. I counted 3 pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow, 2 of Jada Pinkett Smith - you get the idea. She does have a few pictures of larger women such as one of Jennifer Hudson and one of Queen Latifah, but I would have expected quite a few more pictures of stylish women that wear more than a size 2. Where was Oprah?

As a final point, I wasn't impressed by Charla's after picture. Yes, of course she looks better than the before picture, but that's not a high bar to cross. Why is she wearing such a shapeless sack dress in her after picture? She's an attractive woman. Why did her dress hide her shape rather than emphasizing her good points?

If you still think you need to read this book, get it at the library. It's not worth buying.
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I usually buy clothes because of color or because they look stylish. The fact that I look fat in them probably crosses my mind but I'll just ask a friend "do I look fat in this" and they say no and I go about my business. Then my husband reminded me "women always lie to other women". You know he's right. I lie to my friends about their clothes because I hate to hurt their feelings. Anyway, after reading this book I went on a clean out spree in my closet and now I don't ask my friend's opinions. I just ask Charla. I reference her book constantly and I have been feeling more confident in my clothes choices. I have even lent this book to friends but so far they have not been motivated to change their wardrobes. But I did and now for a 55 year old women I look stylish and slimmer. I wish I had this book 20 years ago!!!
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