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The Science of Sexy: Dress to Fit Your Unique Figure with the Style System That Works for Every Shapeand Size Paperback – December 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403363
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A man for all sizes: Red carpet razzle-dazzler thinks big—and little and in- between.”
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“[A] helpful new book. . . . a formula any woman can follow. . . . It’s almost as good as having your own personal Bradley.”
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About the Author

Award-winning fashion designer Bradl ey Bayou caters to a celebrity clientele that includes Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, and Salma Hayek. Formerly a creative director for Halston, his designs have graced the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, and other magazines, and his media appearances have included Oprah, E!, Live with Regis and Kelly, and MTV’s House of Style. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very well written and illustrated book.
Shirley W. Rosen
I looked at a few books about clothes and body shape and this one was the best by far.
Cordeliajane
This book is definitely a must-have for every woman.
Lucy Chen

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Niquey on January 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Being a plus-size, I have read several books on how to dress my figure. This is the first book I've seen that addresses height, weight, and body shape all at the same time. Which is GREAT! And the book has given me ideas on new things to try that I wouldn't have otherwise considered... However, I was looking for a little more substance to the rest of the book. Do's and Don'ts lists of accessorizing, shoes, quality vs. quantity, etc. just didn't quite cut it for me. Eighteen dollars for a book where only 30 pages of it applies to me (including the four about dressing for my body type) doesn't provide me with the bang I was expecting for my buck. You'd be better off borrowing the book at the library and photocopying the pages applying to you.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Chen on October 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is definitely a must-have for every woman.

From here, you will be able to correctly define your body shape and size:

1) measure your shoulder, bust, waist, hip (it teaches you to do so correctly) to calculate your proportions and define your SHAPE. You will find out whether you are a Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle or Hourglass;
2) use the relationship between your height and weight to define whether you are slender, average, plus or double plus;
3) then your height alone to define if you are petite, tall or something in between.

Once you know all of the above, then you will be invited into your particular dressing room (there're 48 of them in the book) and find out exactly what types of tops, skirts, pants, dreses, jackets, coats, shoes and accessories are most flattering on you, as well as what you shoud avoid. It also identifies a celebrity for each fitting room for your reference.

There are only 4 pages devoted to each fitting room (body shape), but there is so much useful information and it is almost all you need to build your entire wardrobe! These 4 pages of information is invaluable!

You can always use the information in the other fitting rooms to help the ones you care, like your best friends, your mother, your sisters, your daughers etc...

The book aslo gives other advice on:
1) the fundamental pieces in your wardrobe;
2) answer a few questions in order to define your style of sexy;
3) the Dress Sexy Ten Commandments: the rules that apply to every women, all shapes and sizes (here you will also find out about how to tell if a piece is well made and good quality).

This is the best book on the subject! I definitely recommend it.

Lucy Chen
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Briggs on July 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I know many viewers have marked this title down for having only a few pages relating to their body type. I did get this title from the library (which I had to wait to get because the library system doesn't have a lot of copies and it's a popular title). I thought this book was very valuable, especially since I'm a petite,full figured woman. There are so few books that address the many body types of full figure women. After reading this book I found out why some of my clothes made me look thinner and others made me look dumpy.
Still, I think this is a fashion book that will hold up to time. The book can be passed around among friends, sisters, moms and daughters; then it will get it's mileage. I may still buy it or ask for it for a gift. As I'm losing weight, I'll most likely need to refer to it again (since some things clothing advice changes for weight rather than body shape).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Dumulong on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
For years I have read fashion books that mention body shapes, but never provided an insight as to how I could figure out what body shape I had. On top of that the books would provide advice along the lines of... wear surplice tops. But having not attended design school, I couldn't pick a surplice top out from a sweetheart top.

But this book finally changes all that. The book provides detailed instructions on where to measure and exactly how to determine your body type. I very much enjoyed the recurring theme of `no matter what your body style is, you can dress sexy.' After you determine your body type, Bayou lays out a chart of height/weight so that you can find your exact body style within that height/weight category... average medium hourglass, short inverted triangle, etc. Then on the following pages Bayou proceeds to break down each body style and what looks good on your body type.

Regretfully, because Bayou devotes so many pages to covering so many different body types (I think its something like 48 different body styles that he covers), he is only able to devote four pages to each body style. HOWEVER, he crams a ton of information into those four pages. What to wear, what not to wear, accessories, skirts, tops, pants, jackets. He covers them all. And he provides reasoning as to why you shouldn't wear this or that. He even goes so far as to describe the shoes and accessories that look good with your body type.

But the best part about the book is at the end. The glossary. It's not just a glossary. Next to each term is a sketch. So when he says surplice top, I can look at the glossary and there is a sketch of a surplice top. Gathered skirt, a-line, princess seams... there are a ton of different terms.
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