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Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman Paperback – August 7, 2010

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“God wants you to know that you are beautiful exactly as you are. You may be a size 6, a size 16, or a size 26…. Whatever your size, you are in the body God gave you… and it is good.” What an encouraging message! In this excellent book, Braendel, a Christian image consultant, shows women how to reflect their inner beauty through their outward appearance. In a friendly, girl-next-door tone, Braendel offers advice on everything from applying makeup to choosing the perfect pair of jeans. Dozens of color photographs of real, non-air-brushed women modeling attractive hairstyles, clothing styles, and even swimsuits will help women practically apply the book’s suggestions to their body shape and personal preferences. This outstanding title deserves a place n every woman’s bookshelf. Realistic, informative, and uplifting, it will boost readers’ self-image and encourage them to look their best. Because this is a niche topic, this book could easily get lost on your shelves; consider spotlighting it with a special display. (CBA Retailers & Resources)


“If you’ve ever stood in your closet in tears because you simply had no clue what to wear, this is the book for you. If you’ve ever headed off to the store only to be completely overwhelmed, this is the book for you. If you’re tired of feeling frumpy, dumpy, and out of style, this is the book for you. All these things used to be true for me before I applied the truths found in Shari’s book. She will help you look great by maximizing your good features and minimizing your less-than-favorite ones, and you’ll save money by only buying clothes you’ll feel confidently fantastic wearing. Every woman should have this invaluable resource!” -- Lysa TerKeurst|“Shari frees women to take care of themselves and equips them with the tools to be the best they can be. This book is a fun and practical guide that any woman could use to make the most of the beauty that God has given her.” -- Amy Parham|“We are often so afraid to put too much emphasis on our outside appearance as Christian women that we neglect to prepare the upcoming generation on how to dress with modesty, class, and style. Though God does look at the heart, he also says that we speak from what’s in our hearts and Shari’s insight has shown me that how we dress and present ourselves speaks louder than words at times.” -- Leslie Nease|“Ever wished for a fashion fairy godmother who would not only grant you a magical makeover but actually equip you to make your own fashion choices that fit, flatter, and make you feel fabulous? With a wink of her keen eye and wave of her coordinating wand, image expert Shari Braendel has crafted the perfect ‘good girl’ go-to manual. Whether clothing or makeup, hairstyles or accessories, you'll be able to choose in confidence and finally become the captivatingly beautiful woman God created you to be---both inside and out!” wife, homeschooling mom, national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and Hearts at Home Conferences, and author of A Life That Says Welcome and The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized. www.karenehman.com -- Karen Ehman|“Every woman longs for a makeover of some kind and Shari Braendel offers just that…in book form! Her fashion wisdom blended with God’s truth and perspective helps women to be good stewards of the body God has given them. Shari teaches women how to dress the body shape they have in an affordable, everyone-can-do-this kind of way!” -- Jill Savage|“While beauty within is achieved through grace and prayer and is an altogether private journey, physical attractiveness and style are critically important for self-confidence and workplace success. Shari’s book will be the ‘other’ Bible for women for years to come.” -- Kathy Helou

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031032601X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310326014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad by Shari Braendel is a thoroughly enjoyable and positively encouraging book for Christian women. I've dropped over thirty pounds in the last year, and so I've been making over my wardrobe. I've also been spending a lot of time trying to figure out what looks best on me, so Shari's book was truly a Godsend for me. She breaks it down from body type to coloring to face shape to help readers figure out what clothes are flattering and what clothes must be avoided at all costs. I learned that I'm doing well to stick with the solid colors I usually do, but the muted tones I've been buying don't do anything for me. I've also been planning to get highlights all summer, but according to the book, I am the one coloring that should avoid them at all costs! I'm so glad that I procrastinated. The book is a lot of fun to read. My teenage daughter and I took turns looking through it and figuring out where we fit. We also discovered that we are both wearing the wrong bra size! Braendel is always encouraging and uplifting; she genuinely wants readers to feel how beautiful they are and to embrace it. I learned a lot of new ideas, including the 16 point rule, and this book has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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Zondervon provided a free copy of Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad--a style guide for every woman for me to review. Whether you are a teen or grandma or size 0 or size 26, this book is a quick, fun read. The color pictures show real people, not airbrushed, photoshopped, scary-skinny models, to illustrate body types and what looks good on each body type. No matter your body type, discover basic information and practical tips to feel great about yourself, your clothes, and your accessories.

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Body type/colors: Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad starts with the basics--know your body type and colors to help you determine what looks good on you. Tip: Black could make you look older.

Accessories: Develop your personal style fashionista. Tip: If you're tiny don't wear oversized accessories, they make you look smaller. If you are large, don't wear tiny accessories, they make you look bigger.

Undergarments: From bras to panties to shapemakers, this book offers practical tips regarding fit, color coordination, and care of your undies. Tip: Every 12-18 months get a professional fitting for a bra.

Bathing Suits: The author offers bathing suit suggestions for each body type, plus swimsuit accessory tips. Tip: Your swimsuit is one size larger than your dress size.

Hair and Makeup: She provides dos and don'ts for hairstyles, color, and glasses. Depending on what colors look good on you she suggests colors for lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara that look best on you. Tip: If you haven't received a compliment on your hair, you need a new hairstyle.

Jeans: This chapter discusses the back pockets, cuts, and rise of jeans for different body types, plus shopping tips to find the perfect jean to fit your body type.
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This book was so good that I read it cover to cover in just one day. The section on buying jeans is worth it's weight in gold! I loved being able to go out and buy jeans for the first time since my son was born and know I was choosing a pair that flattered me. Not only did I finally know what to look for in a pair of jeans; I was also thrilled to find specific brand suggestions in every price range as a start in my search. I also really appreciated reading the sections on modesty. In the past, I've found it tough to find the line between frumpy and immodest clothing, Shari's advice on this matter was so helpful! As a busy stay at home Mom, I often felt guilty investing my resources into looking good. This book changed that, it was so refreshing to read that God made me beautiful and desires for me to feel beautiful! I finally feel I have the tools and the confidence to look fashionable. Thank you Shari for this wonderful book! A must read for every Christian woman!
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Is this too revealing? Did I pay too much for it? Does it look good on me? Those are only a couple of questions women ask themselves when they get dressed in the morning. In her book, "Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad," Shari Braendel does an excellent job of addressing the way Christian women can dress to look their best.

Immediately in the second paragraph of the introduction she says, "You have a responsibility as a Christian female to make sure that how you dress is a reflection of who you really are." If you dress sloppy you might appear to other as sloppy. Is that the point you are trying to get across?

This book is full of advice on how to dress your specific body type, how to get the right hair cut for your face shape, even what glasses look good on your face, and yes, swimsuits too. The female reader will also be glad to see an entire chapter dedicated to undergarments and how important the right fit is. Once this book is completed it should take out all the guess work and time you spend getting ready and also once the reader realizes what colors and/or items look best on them there is no need to waste money on anything else.

The author bookends this read with scripture and spiritual wisdom to start you off on the right foot and also leave you with some parting wisdom in the end. In the last chapter she reminds the reader that beauty starts with knowing who God is.

Thank you to Zondervan publishing for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.
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