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Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body Paperback – September 13, 2005
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The spunky hosts of TLC's What to Wear present a fashion guide that's empowering, friendly and exceedingly useful. No gimmicky, fruit-related body shape names here—Kelly and London keep things simple. For each of their female body types—"bigger on top," "bigger on the bottom," "a little extra in the middle," "curvy," "not curvy," etc.—there's advice for petite, average height and tall women. (The men's section is equally straightforward if shorter: "tall," "athletic," "barrel-chested," etc.) Kelly and London use positive reinforcement (there are many more "dos" than "don'ts"), and sprinkle "universal tips" applicable to any body type throughout. Each type's section opens with a photo of an average-looking model sporting a basic swimsuit, along with comments from the model and the authors. Although they don't cite brand or store names, Kelly and London give plenty of specific advice: e.g., a straight dress will accentuate curves on an hourglass shape; a jacket with a moderately low "stance" (v-neck) will help the upper body appear longer. Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping engines—and don't leave home without this book!
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The sweet yet knowledgeable and even assertive fashionistas who are the hosts of the hit cable TV show What Not to Wear set their precepts down in print in this delightfully upbeat and decidedly informative primer for both men and women. Their firm, understandable, and workable advice is underscored by their desire not to change anyone's body type--no preaching about dieting here--but simply to get people to understand their own body types and dress appropriately for the best effect. Kelly and London take 15 real women and 8 real men as "subjects," representing all types of bodies, from "bigger on top" to "barrel-chested," and with both illustrations and text, they suggest, for each subject, three outfits to wear for work, weekend, and evening. This book should be regarded as fun reading, not as a chore; the authors' approach to fashion is not as an arcane code capable of being grasped only by certain enlightened people. In their hands, fashion is not only about looking good but also about having a good time while doing so. Brad Hooper
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Regarding the reviews which suggest that only a few pages are relevant to any one person - this is not true! Many tips which are relevant to everyone are included in the body types which may not exactly match yours. I found all the examples interesting and informative.
No one style book can do it all. For fantastic information regarding fit, I recommend The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr. For figuring out your style and many other organizational tips, I suggest Nothing to Wear? by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo. With these three books, you are set to transform your wardrobe no matter what your body type and save money by minimizing the wrong purchases.
Four stars for the book. Full color pages. As other reviewers stated, you are buying the book for the section that applies to you. This book has great illustrations of the different body shapes so you can see if you really fit into that category. Along with the illustrations they tell you the height of the model and clothing size (top and bottom) for each body type, which I really liked. The book covers both men and women, but it is geared towards women.
I would recommend this book for those who like Stacy and Clinton's style and want a basic "where to start" book for dressing a certain body type.
I only gave it four stars because it was a 256 page book, and only 6 pages applied to me. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with this purchase!
A lot of the information is the same as what they continually say on their show as far as how to achieve an overall proportional figure with clothing based on body shape.
I would have loved it more if there were multiple types of outfits shown for each category, but obviously that would have made the book ridiculously thick. And since I'm a petite hourglass, there's not much sense in my reading the sections about the other body shapes. I still really like the book overall though. And the advice is not based on current trends, so it will still be valid over the years.
I will keep and use as a reference guide for friends and family with OTHER body types, but as a guide to consistently refer to over time, it is very limited. This is more of a BASIC BEGINNER's guide. Don't expect this one to be full of dog-eared pages from consistent use. The Lucky Style manual has MUCH more depth. If you're like me, and you rely on product reviews to help make purchasing decisions, take solace in the fact that I wouldn't steer you wrong.