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Best Dressed: The Born to Shop Lady's Secrets for Building a Wardrobe Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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Suzy outlines a foolproof three-step plan for cultivating a successful shopping style. She offers guidance for those still in "The Empty Stage," otherwise known as "Help! I have nothing to wear," showing how to select core pieces that will form the basis of a versatile, age-appropriate wardrobe. Next, you'll master "The One Good Stage"--in which you invest in one good example in each category of clothes and accessories, broadening your options and looks. By the time you're ready to conquer "The Rounding-Out Stage," finishing your wardrobe with seasonal accents and current trends, you'll have gained the confidence and flair to carry off your own unique style.
Suzy shares her personal philosophies on which items are worth a splurge (and when it's okay to buy "disposable" items); how to predict fashion trends (and when it's too late to buy in); and why the best foundation for any working wardrobe is a comfortable pair of shoes. For fashion novices and clotheshorses alike, Suzy's pointers and tips dissect the complex hierarchy of fashion retail and make creating a flexible and up-to-date wardrobe the painless process it was destined to be.
Suzy Gershman, the world's smartest shopper, lets you in on dozens of insider's tips and secrets to creating a fabulous wardrobe marked by your own personal style. Best Dressed delivers answers to your most frequently asked fashion questions, big or small, including:
Where are the real fashion bargains?
When is it too late to get in on a trend?
What is the single best fashion investment?
Why are the best working wardrobes built from the bottom up?
With Suzy's expert guidance, you'll learn to crack the stores' and manufacturers' pricing secrets, separate hype from style, and make your fashion budget go further than ever before. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Check out the sloppy, frumpy outfits this dame is wearing on the back of the book's dust jacket, and see if you don't agree that she is the LAST person you'd want to advise you on building a wardrobe. This book is irritating, useless and a complete WASTE OF MONEY.
(P.S.: More reliable wardrobe advice can be found in the "Chic Simple" book series, particularly the "What Should I Wear?" title. Although some of the examples shown herein are questionable, the overall clothes philosophy is more sound -- and the photographs of shoes are particularly inspiring.)
The advice on "building a wardrobe" is almost non-existent (one list of 10 "must-have" items is the sum total). Most of this book is devoted to descriptions of the clothing and retail industries, with long passages describing different types of fabric. Gershman is clearly a fan of haute couture, and much space is spent describing $500 "bargains" (picked up at shops around the world). She does not spend any time discussing color choice, and her idea of accessories is Hermes scarves, Chanel earrings, and fake flowers. She recommends flying yourself to New York twice a year to do your shopping.
If money, practicality, and closet space are not issues for you, you might find this book useful. The rest of us, however, have much better books to choose from. I recommend Linda Dano's "Looking Great," a book so essential to building a good wardrobe that I find myself coming back to it again and again.
It's tedious reading, with more emphasis on the theoretical, "scientific" study of the "politics" behind retail clothing sales than I, for one, am interested in. I didn't care for her tone, either, or the crude language.
Finally, I found her requirements for building a good wardrobe to be on the expensive side - because of this I don't think most people will be able to make use of her recommendations.
Some of her advice is just plain bad. A navy suit for everyone? She forgets that not everyone has her skin and hair color nor has a need to dress in ultra-conservative, business attire. No black or gold purse for evening? That's fine if you have an unlimited budget to buy one of her $1,000 bargain purses in different colors to match all of your outfits. If you don't buy different colors, then you'll forever be stuck as the woman with the purple, pink, or whatever-color-you-choose purse. She may not personally like black, but it is indisputably one of the chicest and most sophisticated colors. Keep in mind that the advice on the book is being dispensed by the person parading in the insipid outfits on the back cover.
Although she does give a good insight behind the doors of the retail fashion industry, one still needs an annual multi-thousand dollar budget to even begin to take her advice. She also assumes that the reader, besides being incredibly wealthy, needs to dress in an ultra-conservative manner which allows little room for femininity or personal style. Come to think of it, I think Suzy would be the perfect fashion consultant for Queen Elizabeth of England - their styles are almost identical.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! I bought it used some time ago and return to it periodically to remind myself of the workings of the retail world. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by S. Franklin
I have read several books on fashion in the past few months and find this to be one of the best. The reason is that it contains lots of information on the business of fashion that... Read morePublished on April 19, 2005 by Montana
I loved this Book! There were no glossy pictures of the latest fashions but that turned out to be a good thing because the advice becomes timeless. Read morePublished on November 4, 2003
This is a good basic start up guide to women who need help in refining their wardrobe, learn about fabrics, etc. The author shares her personal ideas on what to buy and when. Read morePublished on June 19, 2003 by destiny morna
Do read the first half which is about the working of the fashion/ clothing/footwear industries - it'll help you decide what to make of anything full price at a fancy department... Read morePublished on February 21, 2003
I really enjoyed reading the first half of the book. The author shares a lot of insider info about how apparel industries work, some of which I never heard of elsewhere. Read morePublished on March 4, 2002
FABULOUS! Do NOT skip over the chapters she wrote about the fashion industry and the behind the scenes of all the different so called retail stores! Read morePublished on February 19, 2001
I went shopping today and came back with fabulous stuff that suits me, that I can use, and that was on second markdown -- the ultimate test of this book's usefulness. Read morePublished on August 22, 2000