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The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own Paperback – October 7, 2008

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About the Author

Lucky Editor-in-Chief Kim France has had an extensive career in publishing, which has includedpositions at New York magazine, Spin, and Sassy. Her articles have appeared in many other national magazines.

Creative Director Andrea Linett served in the fashion departments of Sassy and Harper's Bazaar before joining Lucky as fashion director in 2000. Melcher Media is an award-winning book producer based in New York City.

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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 312 pages
    • Publisher: Avery; 1st edition (October 7, 2008)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1592404022
    • ISBN-13: 978-1592404025
    • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    Format: Paperback
    I have many of the more recent fashion "how to" type books (US Secrets of Celebrity Style, The Pocket Stylist, Victoria Beckham's That Extra Half Inch, Glamour's Big Book of Do's and Don'ts, Harper's Bazaar Great Style, etc.). What makes this book different is that instead of telling you how to pick a hot designer bag (ugh) or how to dress according to your age, this book explains clothing according to overall iconic styles; ie, American Classic, Euro Chic, bohemian, etc. Each chapter has the "must have" pieces for a particular look, outfits, and people who are interviewed as being representative of that type of style. The whole look and feel of the book is so beautiful and inspiring, I could barely put it down the day after I bought it.
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    Format: Paperback
    (Rating: 4.5)

    A veritable adult picture book for fashion lovers, "The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style" is filled with glossy colorful photos of clothing, accessories and fashion icons. Written by the notable editors of Lucky shopping magazine, this book is the highly anticipated follow up to "The Lucky Shopping Manual" which was released in 2003. The new book takes style to the next level by focusing on ten unique iconic looks and teaching readers how to achieve them. You don't have to be a trendy fashionista to appreciate this book's style advice and helpful hints. Rather, it is a guide that will help you identify which styles you like best as well as aid in achieving the appropriate balance between the different looks. Each section showcases a different `iconic look' along with essential clothing pieces and accessories, Lucky Girl profiles of women who embody the particular look and suggested stores to visit. There is also a mix and match section (modeled by Lucky magazine's staff members - `lucky' them!) that shows you how to combine the looks while remaining true to your own style. In the spirit of the Lucky magazine tradition, the book also offers exclusive discounts and giveaways for its readers in the last few pages.

    My only complaint about the book is that it does not provide specific brand information for the clothes and accessories it includes, making it a challenge to find a particular item that one might want to purchase. Granted this book is a style guide and not a catalogue and thus the intentions are not necessarily to sell its contents, I would have still liked for product information to have been included nonetheless.
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    Format: Paperback
    I don't usually read style-guides but this book is so good. It is clear, visually and textually and I actually stayed up last night thinking about what I already own that I can put together in new ways. It's a really nice, encouraging book that has the same supportive tone of the magazine and the same wealth of ideas. I love this book and am definitely giving it as gifts this X-mas.
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    Anyone who is thinking of buying this book, would do better to purchase a copy of Lucky Magazine. In fact, you can get a yearly subscription for less than the cost of this book.

    This book is basically a extended version of a Lucky mag feature. The thing I found most objectionable about this book was the fact that the "essential pieces" were very trendy. So what are we to do when bubble skirts and booties with cut-outs are no longer in style? Buy another Lucky Guide to Style of course! I was also disgusted that so many of the essential pieces for bombshell style were lingerie. As pretty as silk tap pants are, I bought this book, so that I could figure out what to put OVER my silk tap pants.

    There was no real guidance in terms of creating a 'look.' The old adage about teaching a man to fish can be directly applied to this book. Lucky gave us a fish, but after reading this book, I still don't know how to bait my hook.

    Nevertheless, I gave this book two stars because at least it tries to address the issue of personal style, instead of insisting that everyone should dress like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, like so many other personal style books seem to do.

    If Lucky takes another crack at this concept, I think they should focus on the types of shapes and accessories (at various price points) that will create various moods. For example, they could take white shirts and show that type of white shirt a bombshell would wear vs. the white shirt that an eclectic would wear and explain why. I also think having the featured girls for each style was pretty pointless. Why do I care what some random New York shopkeeper or bag maker wears? More useful would have been features adapting each style for the office, for play, for a night out, etc.

    Long story short, don't waste you're money. I plan to return this book.
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    The first Lucky book, their shopping manual, was very good. It was good enough that I bought this book sight unseen. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on it because this one confuses me more than it helps. The lists of "essential pieces" for each look are long and very specific. I'm left wondering if I need a two-button beige blazer to achieve a certain look. Could I get a three-button brown blazer? Or would that ruin my plan? This guide also seems geared towards the very thin and wealthy, much more so than the manual. I do not recommend this book. At the very least, look at it in a bookstore before purchasing it.
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