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Style 101: What Every Stylish Woman Should Know Hardcover – October 16, 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: InStyle; 1 edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933821884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933821887
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to love this book. I had it on my wish list since I heard of it and, as a fan of InStyle Magazine, I had high expectations.

Pluses:
1 - Over 190 pages of content

2 - Covers several topics at one time: fashion, beauty, home and entertaining.

3 - Color photos

4 - Loads of tips and ideas at one time (e.g. how to walk in high heels, selecting the best jeans and white shirts, decorating tips, party planning tips)

Minuses:
1 - Organization. The "beauty" topics are not in one chapter/section or the "fashion" topics are not in one chapter/section. Rather, you have to flip back and forth to see all the fashion topics because topics are mixed together. Example: you'll have a fashion tip on 2 pages, then make-up tips on the next 2, then decorating on the next 2, etc. As such, if you interested in looking up all fashion tips, you have to flip through the book or search for it on the Table of Contents page. Very frustrating.

2 - Tips are usually just one page then there is a picture on the other. You never get much detail. For example, the tips for finding the perfect sunglasses are covered in 2 pages. The tips are covered in about 5-6 sentences (no pictures of the various facial shapes or sunglass styles for those of us who like 'visuals') on one page, and a photo of a mishmash of sunglasses (like you would see in an ad) on another page.

3 - Not as comprehensive as I expected. Lots of the info here are tips I have gleaned from reading fashion magazines. If you already have other style/fashion books or read fashion magazines regularly, you find that you already know a lot of what is in this book.

Style 101 would be perfect for the fashion/entertaining/make-up novice.
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What a great gift idea for a recent college grad entering the job market or a teenager ready for a little more sophistication! (Not to mention those of us finally just getting around to using makeup and dressing better.)

This basic guide to style is clearly written, with instructions simplified into lists, and cleanly illustrated. The suggestions are up-to-the-minute without being over-the-top outrageous -- in other words, a how-to style guide that's actually useful. Highly recommended.
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I found this book while loitering in a gift shop & read it in about an hour. It's not terribly useful for a 40 plus woman. It's a better book for women just forming their identity. If you have established taste, have been reading magazines & fashion/ beauty books for a while, this book will not offer you any new information. It is attractively presented & illustrated, if a bit random in its organization. The only information that was new to me was what should be in a bar.Otherwise, how to buy jeans, suits, black pants, lipsticks & sheets is second nature to a lot of women. Granted, I plan on giving this to my teenage daughter, as SHE doesn't know yet things like how to find & use a tailor, pour wine or decide how much to spend on a coat yet.
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Style 101: What Every Stylish Woman Should Know features short how-to instructions in four areas: Beauty, Fashion, Home, and Entertaining. Beauty topics include How to Create a Smoky Eye, How to Choose a Facial, How to Organize Your Makeup as well as many others. Fashion topics cover How to Find a Bra That Fits, How to Dress Your Body Shape, How to Choose Jewelry Basics, and How to Find Perfect Pants among other topics. Home how-to includes How to Arrange Flowers, How to Stock a Laundry Room, and How to Light a Room just to name a few. Entertaining topics show How to Set Up a Basic Bar, How to Set a Proper Table, and How to Wrap a Gift Beautifully, How to Set Up a Buffet, and others.

The book is very easy to read. The short one to two page tutorials include just enough detail and feature colorful photography. However, the book's organization is lacking. Rather than separate the information into four distinct chapters, topics are tossed together in a hodge-podge and haphazard manner. Though the organization is annoying, how-to's can easily be found by flipping to the table of contents.

The book would make a sweet housewarming gift for the young woman moving into her first place or a shower gift for the bride who wants to become the stylish wife.

What Every Stylish Woman Should Know is cute and helpful in a "one stop shop" kind of way, but it is not an absolute necessity for the budding fashionista. Unless you're giving the book as a gift, I recommend keeping your money in your pocket and executing a simple Google search to find the answers to your beauty, fashion, home, and entertaining questions.
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By LJ on June 2, 2008
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I purchased this book for my 21 year old daughter. It is perfect for her as she begins her post-college life. She enjoyed the book, the ideas and suggestions.
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What a great gift idea for a recent college grad entering the job market or a teenager ready for a little more sophistication! (Not to mention those of us finally just getting around to using makeup and dressing better.)

This basic guide to style is clearly written, with instructions simplified into lists, and cleanly illustrated. The suggestions are up-to-the-minute without being over-the-top outrageous -- in other words, a how-to style guide that's actually useful. Highly recommended.
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