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The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (January 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592400418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592400416
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With its text-heavy layout and somewhat confusing "body type" divisions, this fashion guidebook is somewhat more complicated than many of the other style books on the market. Dedicated readers, however, will learn a lot from Farr, a former fashion editor who's written for InStyle, People, Harper's Bazaar and other publications. Drawing upon her years of experience as a personal stylist, Farr teaches readers what to look for and what to avoid when clothes shopping, how to evaluate their wardrobes and why certain heel heights and shapes work better for different body types. She also gives tips on finding a good tailor, measuring bra size, wearing makeup and accessorizing. Farr is funny, down to earth and savvy, and her guide exudes authority and experience. Although involved, it is comprehensive and trend-resistant, meant to help women of any shape and size find clothes that flatter no matter what the runway season suggests.
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About the Author

A top New York stylist, Kendall Farr has dressed many celebrities, including Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Joan Allen, Andie McDowell, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, and Diane Sawyer. She has also served as a design consultant for a number of fashion labels. Farr is the author of The Pocket Stylist (Gotham Books, 2004) and has written columns for Glamour and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

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I have been in the fashion business over 20 years. I started my career at Seventeen which launched me as a freelance fashion editor. I've styled fashion stories for American and foreign editions of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, In Style, Tatler, Harper's and Queen and Grazia. That's alot of fads and trends and Must Haves and Most Wanted clothes and accessories. What motivated me to write my first book The Pocket Stylist was the whopping disconnect between what makes exciting fashion pages and what women really need in their wardrobes to look and feel their best.
A friend once said to me"I wish I could just put you in my pocket and take you shopping with me so I'd know what the hell I was doing!" And I thought -yes! So I wrote The Pocket Stylist ( handbag friendly but a bit bulky for a pocket).

The speed at which style information is transmitted and the transformation of fashion from a trade to big time entertainment makes it more confusing to shop than ever. Every trend and brand and idea must be validated by celebrities wearing or using or endorsing products ( I'll admit I am a perpetrator as I have styled many celebrities in my career for fashion stories, for advertising campaigns and as personal clients for red carpet events).

There is simply too much choice ( so little of it any good) and too much sameness of merchandise also makes shopping exhausting and frustrating for most women. Especially in mid-life when clothes matter more than ever in transmitting who you are and how you feel about yourself. Now that I am firmly rooted in mid-life it occurred to me that our culture is so morbidly fearful of looking old, being perceived as old and out of it. There are very simple ways to avoid this. And since women never get a day pass on this stuff I wrote Style Evolution because I believe in the idea of ageless dressing. I practice it every day. I look neither old or young. Just stylish and this takes age out of the visual equation.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this "little" book, it was full of practical, useful information.
Rae York
I highly recommend Kendall Farr's book to fashion-conscious ladies of any size or anyone who is looking to improve their wardrobe.
Marcy G.
This book will tell you how to dress for your specific body type, including fabrics and lengths that will look best on you.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

502 of 517 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyne on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a French woman living in the US and have been looking for a book to teach my teenage daughter all the things that French women know about dressing well. This is THE book. It has everything. It covers subjects that may be covered elsewhere such as body type and flattering style, fit, how to build a wardrobe, what to invest in and what to have fun with. What I found most valuable, though, was how the author dispels the myths that fashion magazines promote. For example, she tells you how she prepares for a photoshoot and erases the myth of effortless good looks. She advocates that looking good is not about wearing the latest fashion, but knowing what makes you look good and wearing it. She outlines a basic wardrobe of timeless high quality basics that flatter and supplement with trendier and cheaper items that are fun but will not last as long in your wardrobe. This is how I dress and I can testify that it works.

I will be for ever grateful to my grandmother for teaching me to recognize when a garment fits and when it does not. Therefore, my highest mark in this book goes to the two pages explaining how to tell if a jacket fits. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

If you want just one book to teach you how to be stylish, this is the one. If you want to further explore how French women dress, look at "Chic and Slim" by Ann Baronne.
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247 of 252 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on February 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the sea of so called 'fashion experts', Farr is a real standout. Her approach to style differs greatly in that it instructs women how to honestly assess their wardrobes and logically pinpoint their individual body type. She clarifies how to flatter any figure (including plus sizes), incorporate trends and individual style, mix and match pieces, shop on a budget and avoid falling victim to common fashion mishaps. The book isn't limited to just clothing - bras, stockings accessories and tips from beauty experts are also thoroughly covered. Best of all there are pages and pages of tips, places to shop and stylist secret weapons that even the most fashion savvy girl probably doesn't know. My favorite section of the book is 'Your Tailor is Your Best Friend' which details everything from having a garment fit to having a piece custom made. Unlike other guides I have read, this book is written without condescension and truly aims to make all women feel beautiful and stylish. This book is not only an incredibly useful tool but is also a great read. Farr writes with humor and gives the reader a number of hilarious personal, real women and celebrity anecdotes.
This is without a doubt the fashion guide to buy. I have given a few copies as gifts and my friends loved it too.
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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2005
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Perhaps the single most vital thing I learned from this book is the all important shoulder to hip ratio and definition of waist that determines what shape you are. I myself, and countless other women tend to be so obsessed with perceived huge hips that we all dress like pears and wonder why we look lopsided. As someone with shoulders in proportion to my hips and a very defined waist, I should have been dressing very differently.

What this book will tell you:

1. This book will tell you how to dress for your specific body type, including fabrics and lengths that will look best on you.

2. It will give you ideas on indispensibles, including where to buy them, where to splurge and where to skimp. It will also tell you how to go bargain hunting without looking like you did.

3. It will tell you how best to work with your tailor, what is possible, what is not.

4. I am not a plus sized woman, but if I was,this book would be a godsend in many ways. Since Farr was stylist for plus sized women as well, she does not focus on a `dress in all black ensembles to look your slimmest' as though every curvy woman is ashamed of her shape. She helps women make style choices that flatter her existing shape.

What this book won't tell you:

1. What accesories work best with what outfit- apart from the obvious that a low vamp, with a high heel and pants pegged to the heel will make your legs look longer and platforms look cheesy. It does not cover much ground with accesories except for vague generalities.

2. Most of the online resources it provides are no longer there (luxlook, americanfit etc)

3. It does not give you any detailed color advice for women.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2005
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I bought this book about 8 or 9 months ago, and I've found it to be a great resource. In one of the initial chapters, Farr has you take very simple body measurements to determine what kind of body shape you have. Subsequent chapters give detailed guidelines on how to dress and look great depending on your shape. I already suspected some of the information she gave, but it was nice to have a systematic explanation of what looks good and why -- and to have really detailed lists of what to buy and what to stay away from! She also includes plus-sized figures, which means that this book is really useful for a wide range of shapes and sizes.

As some reviewers have mentioned, she does tend to assume that the reader has unlimited resources and can afford designer brands and custom-made clothes. She also does not include pictures or photos of clothes, as other reviewers also mentioned. Overall, though, there is enough practical, useful information in here to more than make up for these weaknesses.

I've gone back to this book again and again for ideas, and really love it! The book is small enough to take with you when out shopping, but I actually wrote down a list of my do's and don't's on a 3x5 card and just keep it in my purse for when I'm out shopping. Highly recommended book!
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