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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1310L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982732244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982732243
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Future stylists and fashionistas can pick up some good tips on dressing for body type, style, and shopping; however, a lot of the advice seems more appropriate for recent college graduates than for teens. Average high school students would probably not find the need for the recommended four dressy dresses, including two versions of the little black dress, three pairs of dress pants, or a tailored suit, appropriate for job interviews. Body types and the clothing that flatters each type are presented. "Case in Point" boxes explain how they work with their body type to play up their best features and encourage readers to re-create celebrity looks. Readers are counseled to stay within budget; experience the joys of thrift, consignment, and online shopping; and not to invest heavily in trendy items. The book is well organized. Flaherty encourages readers to learn from her but to find their own style. A worthy attempt to showcase models of normal body weight is negated by the use of listless illustrations of people who appear much older than the targeted audience. A final section on career options covers internships and paths to various styling careers. Although this book contains lots of good ideas and sound advice, the lack of stylish photos or models makes it suitable for serious fashion readers, not casual browsers or fans of fashion magazines. Purchase where the seriously fashion conscious gather to read and discuss.-Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Are you a glam-girl dresser like J-Lo? Or is Boho more your style? Fashionistas and budding stylists—or those hoping to cultivate a “look”—will find all they need to know in this guide from expert Flaherty. One of the keys to owning your outfit is knowing your body type: hourglass, inverted triangle, rectangle, apple, or pear (while the sketch illustrations don’t help to distinguish between the five types, the text does). This book, geared entirely toward girls, also discusses color, complexion, and confidence. Once you’ve identified your body type and style, it’s time to “curate your closet” by assessing, pruning, and reorganizing—then, best of all, buying. The book ends with tips on styling others and how to parlay your love of fashion into a career. The illustrations throughout look like something you’d see on a designer’s sketch pad, and there are plenty of bright colors, but text and illustrations will need updating to stay au courant. There are many, many girls out there who are going to read this cover to cover, especially when they’ve finished this month’s Teen Vogue. Grades 8-12. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

Somer Flaherty is a globetrotting writer, media gal and stylist who loves all things design. Her work has appeared in national fashion magazines and websites, regional lifestyle publications, advertising campaigns, catalogs and more!
Favorite Location: Napa Valley, CA
Nail Color: Russian Navy by OPI
Guilty Pleasure: Consignment Shopping
Labels: Prabal Gurung, The Row, Phillip Lim, DVF, Bottega Veneta

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Customer Reviews

I also liked the tips on consignment/thrift shopping.
frankyladi
Simple and fresh, I'd recommend this book to girls starting college and even those entering the work force.
Kathy
I love this book because it has lots of ideas and practical advice.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gmassereto on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I saw this book as a "Must Read" in People's style issue and immediately ordered it. People was right!!! This book is amazing and should be in any fashionista's collection. I am the girl who walks into her closet every morning before work, every time I have a date and really every time I leave my house and think that I have nothing to wear and then stand there for a solid ten minutes not knowing what to put on. This book really showed me how to mix and match pieces that I already own to flaunt not only my figure (it tells you how to identify your shape and how to dress best for that shape... hello hourglass) but show my style. As the other reviews mention there are awesome tips on consignment shopping and how to integrate vintage looks and make them contemporary. This book is great for ladies of all ages (I bought my mom one) and will be my go to birthday present and stocking-stuffer for all my girlfriends!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By frankyladi on September 26, 2012
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I bought this book as a gift, but before wrapping it for my cousin my coworker and I read through it during lunch yesterday. The first comment was how awesome the illustrations are--it's not a bunch of stick-figure girls wearing unstructured clothes that would look awful on most women. Instead, the images really spoke to the different styles that go with different body types. As someone who is well-versed in the photoshop craziness that happens in fashion magazines, I found myself thinking "whoa.. I COULD wear that!" as I flipped through the book. I also liked the tips on consignment/thrift shopping. I typically end up with a lot of stuff I love, but I'm not that great about weaving it altogether. Needless to say I am excited to pass along this gift to my cuz!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RamsFavorite on January 17, 2013
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My mind was blown. It is incredible how any style can fit anyone. You just have to know how to dress yourself and find what fits you and your comfortability. Ms. Flaherty does a phenomenal job in making fashion fun. I learned so many new things from this publication and cannot emphasis enough how it has changed my shopping habits around. The illustrations speak so true. Every girl should have this, it makes a great gift for young and old alike. Best purchase I have made in a very long time. It's my first-aid, emergency, go-to book for any occasion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hillerwhy on September 26, 2012
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After reading Ms. Flaherty's 'Girl in a Fix' a while back, I couldn't wait to receive her new book on my doorstep last weekend (thanks Amazon!). 'The Book of Styling' should be in every gal's fashion first aid kit. The video tips are a great extension of the book and I'm looking forward to watching more bonus ideas! Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. MacDonald on January 1, 2013
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Not aimed at kids, but perfectly appropriate for teens. I think the book offers great ideas and information. My daughter is thrilled!
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Overall, "The Book of Styling" is an easy read, especially for the individual searching for their own style, or for those who may not know their style yet this is probably the book for you. Somer's book contains 9 Chapters, containing information on various topics, from "Finding Your Look," "The Elements of Style," to "Styling Others."The key point I would take away from this book and did enjoy about this book was the acronym TREND - which means T-Truthful, R-Reasonable, E- Exciting, N- Never neglectful of the necessities, D- Detail Oriented."
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By judyjay on February 13, 2014
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My granddaughter, who is 15 years old requested a fashion book of some kind for Christmas. Read the description of this particular book and thought it would be the perfect book for her. She simply loved it.
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I really enjoy finding styles that suit my shape and how to incorporate these views to what I have in my closet and what I intend to buy in the future.
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