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Okay if you fit a body type...
on January 5, 2006
I have to agree with some previous reviewers' comments:
1. The D, E, and F body types should be sections listed under A, B and C, as they are for plus sized versions of A-C, just as she does for petites. She could have used the space to address some of the following concerns.
2. She only lists 3 possible body types: heavier on bottom, equal size top and bottom, or heavier on top. But realistically, some people are flat-chested C's, or basically a B but with C shoulders, or some other combination, as another reviewer pointed out. She could have used the extra space to point out how to combine aspects of the style suggestions for cross-over types, so we could mix and match instead of having to go through it with a fine-toothed comb to figure it out ourselves (and hope we get it right!).
3. There are NO pictures to go along with her clothes. Her drawings aren't even labeled. For a book about fashion and style, there is too little information in this department. What if you don't know what something's name is? Pictures are a MUST.
4. I am so fed up with books telling women to get black clothes. Not everyone looks good in black. Some real information about color should be essential, and how to figure out what colors look good on you, if you can't afford a consultation. For this I recommend Dressing Smart in the New Millennium by JoAnna Nicholson.
5. For a "stylist" she doesn't really tell you how to develop a personal style. She assumes you are confused by fashion magazines and all the trendy clothes you see in the stores. Really, style is, yes, knowing what shapes, textures and colors look good on you, and buying things you like, but you can't just put them together any which way and look good, or have your clothes send the message you hope they are sending. That's where most people need help. She doesn't explain what a pulled-together look is or how to achieve one. For this, check out My Personal Style ([...]
6. In relation to the above, there is no "basic wardrobe scheme" or any sense of what pieces one needs to buy, or which are the most important. She just describes which types of pants, skirts, dresses, etc. would look good on your body type if you are lucky enough to fit into one of her descriptions. I like books that help you make a mix-and-match wardrobe that can serve you for all different situations simply by changing accessories, with the fewest pieces possible. I don't see anything like that here.
Aside from those comments (which, looking at it now, seems like an awful lot wrong with it!), the rest is fine, if a bit common-sense. I like all the inside-scoop type details, information about fit, and that (as another reviewer said) she writes as though she's talking to you in person, and you are an important client.