- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Later Printing edition (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811834514
- ISBN-13: 978-0811834513
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm Paperback – March 1, 2002
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Herein lies the surprise: the emphasis in this book is on how to be a classy individualist without being a stuffy bore. The authors carefully take into account that all women aren't the same, and shouldn't be. They even admit it might be advantageous for a working woman to swear in the office to get things done. What a couple of saucy dames these women are!
The first section encourages women to come up with a personal and practical style without sucking out the fun. They ignore the rules in fashion magazines (which appear to be the same rules in fashion mags today) and present everything you might need to know head-to-toe with simple rules.
For example, the placement and angle of your rouge is not as important as making sure it blends in gradually with your natural color. The only rule for hair is "Does it look like it would be pleasant to touch?" And my favorite, "If being on a diet makes you jumpy and irritable, it probably isn't worth your effort. Everyone prefers a few extra pounds to a shrewish disposition." Bravo!
Similarly, the second part, about charming others, uses this simple rule for etiquette: "The only bad manners are those which are unkind or which contribute to another person's discomfort." There. Emily Post in one line.Read more ›
You'll find real wisdom in Part 2 of this book, however. This is the portion of the Guide to Charm that speaks to the aspects of culture that transcend clothing, makeup and hair styles. This is where you're going to find advice on how to ACT to get along better. The authors highlight the importance of putting yourself in the place of the people you interact with: treat them the way you want to be treated. Sound familiar? Some of you will still find this advice dated, and that's fine. This book is not for you then. But for those of you who know you can get contemporary fashion and beauty advice elsewhere, but want a friendly reminder on how to be charming on the inside, not artificial, pick up this book and go straight to Part 2. You'll find that real charm never goes out of style.
Some of the advice is outdated, such as tips for getting the shampoo out of your hair when you have a limited water supply, and the short section on hats and gloves.
I am suprised at how pertinent this information is to today. It is a timeless book of practical advice that your wouldn't find in a book of style. It covers style, and goes beyond.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a simple message: look your best and think first of others. Charm is not arrogance, it is acquiring good manners, virtue, and cleanliness.Published 1 day ago by Phenomari
Yes, the information is based on what was 'right' at 1938, but truly it's not that far off what we truly need to incorporate in our lives today. Capsule wardrobe? Read morePublished 23 days ago by teche
People raved about this book some years ago, a kind of rebirth of it. I believe it focused far too much on weight loss. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The views on this book seem very polarized that people like it or they don't. Personally, I liked it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Courtney M.
Good book if we were living in the 1930's. Interesting only as a period piece.Published 9 months ago by Joseph Lamb
I wish I could give this book 0 stars. It is so full of s***...
My personal favourite: "Your afternoon shoes should be more flattering. Read more
So much fun to read, and the advice, far from being dated, is timeless in many ways.Published 16 months ago by Deedles