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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (September 8, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670806102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670806102
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The era of success-dressing by rote is past. Today's woman must project an image that is serious but with a sense of humor; intelligent, but not a grind; attractive, but not distracting; feminine, but not sexy. It's a tall order, but Wallach has done a good job illustrating the variety of "successful" looks available today. She defines three professional styles, Corporate, Communicator, and Creative. A quiz helps the reader to pinpoint her own career, and Traditional and Contemporary subdivisions provide fine-tuning. A sample, or "capsule" wardrobe is presented for each type, based on a two-color scheme, and including 16 pieces which combine for 52 complete outfits. Tips on shopping, traveling, and basic grooming are included. This is a useful guide for all working women. BOMC alternate. Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kells on December 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've had this book since it was first published in 1986. Although some of the styles have changed, the advice can easily be applied to current fashion. Many of the styles are timeless; others require only minor modification. This book provides advice on selecting well-constructed clothing and mixing and matching a few simple items for 40+ looks. Drawings illustrate each suggested wardrobe. My favorite is the recommended wardrobe for those with "creative" careers:
- Camel's hair double-breasted jacket
- Curly mohair cream jacket
- cream trousers
- tan leather pants
- tan suede skirt
- camel and cream herringbone skirt
- cream jersey dress
- ivory silk blouse
- tan suede blouse
- cream blouse
- beige turtleneck sweater
- camel and cream cowl neck sweater

The book also has advice about selecting accessories for each career type/profile (corporate, communicator, and creative). There is a general packing checklist and travel wardrobe lists for each career type, as well as a self-survey to determine individual preferences. I used this book to build several small but versatile travel wardrobes when I was working in a career field that required extensive travel. Now, a quarter of a century later, I'm retired and am still using the book to build a wardrobe for post-retirement living. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sindy Samala on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have had this book in hard cover & have used it much. It will suggest 11-13 coordinating pieces that you can combine to get over 20-30 completely different looks. It also teaches you how to extend your wardrobe with accessories. It gives you a coorporate, artistic,communicator, leisure, etc capsule (wardrobe set). It's great!
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