I enjoyed Makeup Wakeup. I was hoping for more of the same so I ordered this in paperback (not in Kindle) thinking that with all the photos and sidebars this would work better in paper. HMMMM wish I hadn't. At least if you get a dud on the kindle you can quickly return it. Not so much returning a paper version. Much more difficult.
THIS is a DUD!!!! IT NEEDED MAJOR EDITING BEFORE GOING TO PRESS!
The chapter headings don't relate much to the contents. They are largely indecipherable.
Cheryl Tiegs gives a great little foreward, and even the introduction by Lois Joy Johnson sounds promising with "1-2 -3 ways to use this book". 1 was If you want more style, 2 was if you want to look contemporary but not silly, and 3 if you are starting over after a major lifestyle transition. Great, but then the book (and the table of contents) goes downhill from there.
Chapter 1: Same old Clothes, 10x more style starts with a rah rah cheer to remind the reader what her generation of women is capable of. We dress for ourselves, we find the bargains. Yup uh huh, HOORAH for me, I got up and I dressed myself-- and now what?
We have "keepers" in our closet, reminders of the past. Before launching a closet tossing session we skip to the next heading which is; What are your reasons for not buying new clothes? Mhhm a lot more cheerleading and rah rah about how much better we are now than when we were younger. We KNOW more!!! Maybe, but what is the point here?
This is followed by such earth shattering tips as wearing black with navy or letting it all hang out, but remember to wear a belt, and wearing one colour head to toe to lengthen your line. Editing the wardrobe is in there but in such a scattered and disorganized way that you the reader will be hard pressed to find anything useful.
A little more cheer leading about why she loves her aging bod and why you should love yours too and a few "inspirational" clips about some aging female "role models" which are almost sure to get people irritated with themselves because most people aren't head of their firm, or pr director for Dior or like the author, an editor of More magazine.
Unfortunately these chapters read like she cobbled them together from the breathless headlines at More magazine where the readership must require regular cheer leading to feel good about their aging selves.
Very little actual substantive ---HOW TO DO THIS--- follows the breathless headlines. Instead we see plenty of cute photos of women who don't look their age AT ALL and who are thinner, richer and way more accomplished than 99% of the female population over the age of 50.
Yeah, I'm more depressed after reading this book than I was before I plunked down $16.62 Canadian. Fortunately I didn't pay the full cover price of $26.50 Canadian!
The assumptions in this book are that you have money to spare for investment clothing, now that the kids have flown the coop, and maybe you've scored a good divorce settlement, your retirement needs are taken care of and your elderly relatives have all shuffled off their mortal coils leaving you an inheritance.
Oh and you are thinnish, maybe with saggy bits and a belly but still able to fit regular clothes. If you are less than that ideal, a little posture work and a diet will quickly do the trick along with some Spanx.
Oh and you invested in Hermes scarves and other classic items when you were younger because now you can mix them up with finds from H&M or Zaras. Page 39 "Wear Wear status jewelry and accessories ironically". Translation if you got it, flaunt it, but not all at once in one eye popping display of wealth. Dilute it with your Target finds. Like the "59$ Target" purse she mentions as a cheaper alternative to 2 much more expensive ones from Coach (yes, that one was the mid level model) and some high end thing for several thousand dollars.
Kind of patronizing to those of us who actually do shop low end retail and must make it work on budget. For the record I shop at Winners in Canada and most of my purses cost me between 30 to 45$ and are leather, but I buy them in the last mark down prices at season end clearance bins. They look great. I look for high end details like pebbled leather or glove soft leather with clean simple lines. I find the 59$ Target purses ok but way above my budget and the quality doesn't look as if it will hold up for the 3 to 5 years I get out of my purses.
According to this book, you are now BUDGETING by going to the mall instead of Michael Kors to pick up some bargains to "wear ironically" with that Hermes scarf. This will make you chuckle or cry. Budget now means Banana Republic with occasional forays into Target. Buh bye Michael Kors. (I love his ads, they look so lush and gorgeous!)
Plus size ladies just need to head to the thrift store. I've been plus sized (now a size 14-16) and let me tell you, the plus size clothes in the thrift stores are pretty well worn, if they last on the racks at all as they are in great demand. It's the petite designer clothes from years ago that end up on thrift store racks. Which is what the author would wear, so I tend to think she has never ever shopped for plus size in a thrift store, and when she sees lots of goods in her size, she thinks the same holds true for other larger sizes.
The author poses questions to herself throughout the book, gleefully answering with a "Me too, Same Thing!!!!". I suppose these are questions she gets all the time as editor of More magazine but it feels a bit weird. Like she is asking a rhetorical question, and answering it in the same breath.
She also piles on the cheerleader chatter to boost self esteem. After a while I feel like Dr Phil and Oprah BOTH invaded my closet and are cheerfully hollering at me to wear more of what I like, and that old chestnut beloved of fashion magazine editors "Forget the rules!" Yup, that's why I bought a book on wardrobe advice--for cheerleading AND the advice to just forget the rules. Rules, what rules are these??? She does get into a few but only after telling you to break "the rules". That is such meaningless fluff, and it seems like it's a verbal tic of every fashion editor or fashion writer ever born.
This book was DESPERATE for a real editor, but not this former magazine editor author! She needed a firm hand and she needed to be told to put more into the story under each chapter, and each "headline". Less vanity shots of her, more of real women DOING what she asked showing before and after. Several shots of her in a fur hat were positively alarming. This is all about her and a few perfect people who have aged slightly but still are light years ahead of the rest of us.
The sad part is, there are some really good bits in the book but you really have to wade through an awful lot of drivel to find them. This author did well with Makeup Wakeup but not with this sequel.
Meanwhile I recommend a few cheaper better books to get your wardrobe wakeup on. First is Style Clinic
then The Little Pink Book of Elegance: The Modern Girl's Guide to Living With Style (Little Pink Books) (Little Pink Books (Peter Pauper))
and also Effortless Style
and to save money Style on a Shoestring: Develop Your Cents of Style and Look Like a Million without Spending a Fortune
plus How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less
For those who want some more in the aging with style and elegance books check out Chic & Slim Toujours: Aging Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women
and Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance
along with French Women Don't Get Facelifts: Aging with Attitude
and lastly Charla Krupp wrote a couple of great books that fit in this topic and offer a tremendous amount of help in a very organized format How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better
and her looking thinner book How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting!