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Product Details

  • Turtleback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (November 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592400361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592400362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Strikingly similar to InStyle magazine's recent Secrets of Style, this chunky little book purports to lay out the basics of dressing. Indeed, the editors make looking fashionable seem as easy as pie. Their book goes through all aspects of a woman's wardrobe, from overcoats to undergarments, and suggests must-haves. For example, they say that to build an outerwear closet, a woman should have one overcoat, one warm parka, one spring jacket, one fall coat and one raincoat-and "if you live in Minnesota," they say, invest in "some fun coats," too. With sassy humor, the editors counsel readers on how to wear a twin-set without looking like "the dowager aunt" and suggest solutions to fashion challenges, like making casual pants look office-appropriate. They also share mini-profiles of "Lucky Girls," including designer Shoshanna Lonstein and Lucky's West Coast editor, Marlien Rentmeester. Like the magazine it's modeled on, this tome is frivolous, instructive and fun.
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About the Author

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.


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


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Customer Reviews

I would absolutely recommend this book to any woman.
Melanie Myers
Lucky magazine?s excellent book, the Lucky Shopping Manual, is a great splurge for any woman who is looking to build her wardrobe, rebuild it, or revamp it.
R. Kearns-White
I read this book at the library and bought a copy for my sister.
Penny

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186 of 192 people found the following review helpful By wild child's mom on February 2, 2004
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This is the book I always wanted to write. The Lucky Shopping Manual, together with "What not to wear", is all a woman will ever need. "What not to wear" will teach you exactly what clothes are right for your body shape and the Lucky Shopping Manual will help you transform this information into a functional wardrobe. The book is written with the same passion for helping women develop their shopping skills as the magazine. Andrea Linett has an extremely discriminating eye for what looks cool, relaxed, and put together on the street and she generously shares her observations with us. I believe the real value of the book is to demystify sales, over-abundance, and high-end fashion magazines; and to keep your eye, mind, and budget focused on the gaps in your wardrobe and how to close them. Linett and France manage to nail down the essence of cool, sophisticated street dressing into easy-to-get formulas with room for experiments. Every high-end fashion designer that I admire but cannot afford claims that their only goal is to make women look beautiful and desirable -- Linett and France, together with the authors of "What not to wear", fulfil this mission in a smart, street-wise, and sophisticated way; and for every budget.
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169 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on March 11, 2006
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I learned a lot from this book - basic do's and don't's that really opened my eyes to some of my own fashion faux pas. But the book is really aimed at under 30 girls who are also size 10 or less. I took the book with me on a shopping trip to five of the stores listed in the book. None of them carry clothes for anyone larger than a size 10. I'm 45 and I felt very uncomfortable in all of the stores.
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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2003
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This is a super book, choc o'block with information. The hard decision is not if you should buy it, but which cover you should get. The book comes with several different covers. I hate to admit I stood at the bookstore debating if I wanted the copy with the classic red pocketbook or the trendier camel colored Marc Jacobs bag! Order from Amazon and let them decide for you.
Inside the book you will find scads of information to help you look great. The authors will show you how just a little tweaking can result in a totally different look. What to look for in fit. How to make your pieces work from one season to the next. And the little details that make a good outfit an exceptional one.
The book also includes examples of everyday women and the types of garments they choose and why. It's inspiring to see the special wardrobe favorites of others. Lovely Shoshanna Lonstein shows off her curvy figure and shares what clothing looks best on her. Pictures are shown of her favorites including her fabulous Prada mules, cashmere sweaters and gold vintage bag. Makes me realize why and how much I enjoy the staples in my own closet.
Sample chapters include, sweaters, swimwear, undergarments and shoes. What to pack for a 3 day trip, streamline your closet, classics to collect, 20 great pieces worth the expense and more.
The back of the book also includes a page of "Lucky Breaks". These are coupons for discounts at benefit, underglam, bluefly. urban outfitters and nine west. Better hurry up though they expire December 31, 2003. (Not sure if future printings will update these).
Great fashion resource!
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Alesia on August 26, 2004
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1. No funky-looking women hamming it up in outdated clothes. In fact, all clothing photos feature no people so you can focus on the clothes!

2. Specific answers to problem bodies (i.e., what kind of every article to wear based on your body's characteristics--big butt, pear-shaped, slim-hipped, short, love handles, etc.).

3. A slough of clothing combinations (even underwear!) to fit any budget or taste: Take a summer dress, for example, and show it with various accessories to make it appropriate for any occasion or attitude. Includes both modern and classic items.

4. Common-sense suggestions on what to look for in terms of fit, and what to spend or not spend your clothing dollar on!

5. Places to get all the great clothes featured.

6. Care tips for clothing.

7. Has "what not to wear" type suggestions that are dead-on and not at all snippy or incredulous.

8. Love the high-quality color images and almost total lack of text--who needs it?

Complaints:

1. Nothing to help athletic or tall builds.

2. No info about care of fur (and storage facilities are the top issue in this category!).
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on September 5, 2006
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This book is really written for the under 30 year old woman. It is very detailed and thoughtful but I really couldn't say that I picked up any good fashion ideas for my age group (50+ years). I have bought The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr and some of the "What not to wear" series and have found them fantastic and appropriate.

I think I will give The Lucky Shopping Manual to my daughter who is 25 years and she will love it.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By CaliDreaming on July 2, 2004
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The best thing about this book is that it is chock full of pictures of every element of a woman's wardrobe: tops, skirts, dresses, work clothes, fun clothes, formal wear.
This book is extremely useful as an "idea" book. Maybe you're bored with your look and want something different. This book is great in helping you visualize how different pieces may go together. They give you tips about how to wear certain fabrics--leather, silk, tricky sweaters and lengths. I feel that I can be a little bit more adventuresome in my look. I found that I was able to take things that were already in my wardrobe and wear them in a different way. It's also a good book to look through before you go shopping if you're in a rut.
I feel that this book is geared more toward women who already have a sense of their personal style and what looks good on them. The tips provided go beyond the basics to things that take a "good" outfit to something more polished and chic. It might be a little overwhelming for those who are just starting out in creating a new wardrobe or look. With all of the ideas provided, I could see how a beginner might start buying without a driving principle and wind up with clothes that she does not feel comforable in. I would recommend a book like the "Pocket Stylist" by Kendall Farr in addition to this book for someone jsut starting out.
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