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How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting! Hardcover – March 10, 2010
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In How Not to Look Old, Krupp aided readers in their quest to fend off the ravages of age. In this second outing, she puts her style and beauty savvy—gleaned from her work at Glamour, InStyle, More, and People: Style Watch—to work helping women discover and celebrate their slimmer side. Those who know the basics of dressing thin (avoid horizontal stripes; Spanx do wonders for bulgy bits; etc.) and are ready for advanced techniques will be thrilled with this book. And novices who think any derriere looks good in any jean should study up: the woman knows her stuff, as evidenced by loads of revelatory before-and-after photos, plus clever tips and useful lists (e.g., the winter-themed Swap-outs chart recommends sleek leather gloves vs. bulky woolly ones). The book is organized by issue, such as big bust, muffin top + back fat, and Buddha belly. While some of the topics may seem wacky at first (Are your brows making you look fat? and Hiding fat with your bag), a careful read will reveal that Krupp's advice—delivered in just the right knowledgeable-yet-commiserating tone—makes excellent sense. When it comes to clothes and the female figure, the author understands how proportion, balance, and color make the difference between lumpy and lovely, frumpy and fabulous. (Apr.)
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"Ms. Krupp's mission is to consider every possible roll, bump and curve of the body and propose ways to minimize it, distract from it, or make it disappear with artful dressing. There is a voyeuristic thrill to reading even sections that don't apply to your own body type."―Chrsitina Binkley, Wall Street Journal
"Consider the mystery of looking great in clothes solved."―Redbook
"..The book is a bible for creating optical illusions with correct garment choices...Any woman can benefit."―San Francisco Chronicle
"about as impossible to resist as chocolate."―Orlando Sentinel
"In her new book, "How to Never Look Fat Again,'' she compiles easy, smart, and chic tips on how women can look thinner without spending endless hours at the gym. She guarantees her fashion secrets will help you by tonight."―The Boston Globe
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The book covers all sorts of body types such as big bust, wide face, arm flap, large belly, wide hips and thighs, big booty, heavy calves, wide feet and ankles. There is also a chapter on how to never look fat in summer, another for winter, another for workout clothes and one for evening clothes. A final chapter tells you what to do with your cast offs.
Each chapter has photos of famous people used as examples--mostly stars, but even Michelle Obama pops up in a couple. Each chapter also has quite a few special sections. "You know you have it when..." contains a checklist to see if you have the problem. There is a list of "High-fat/No-fat" clothing and accessories analyzed for their potential fat-making content. The "Swap-outs" section tells you how to exchange pieces of fashion for your body type. There is also a list of "10 Things that Make You Look Fat." "Thinner by Tonight!" provides "instant gratification" for dropping a dress size in seconds. "Brilliant Buys" gives specific recommendations for products that work, detailing brands, style number, prices and where to get them. The "Vows" section has (sometimes humorous) vows for your type. There is also special advice for the petite as well as the size 14 and up. The "Don't waste a penny on" section warns you about "beauty bull" and fashion hype, while the "Going to Extremes" section informs you on cosmetic surgery, dermatological treatments, and other possible solutions. The "Don't you Dare" section gives you a one-sentence piece of advice that "even your best friend might not tell you."
Since I am a classic apple shape, I went straight to the chapter on Buddha Belly. The first page has "AKA" with other names for your type; some of mine were "jelly belly, belly fat, pot belly, belly rolls, and girly gut."I am told to "live in bike shorts" as the easiest way to drop a size fast. I should also switch all my underwear to shapewear such as Spanx, high waste bike shorts, Lip in a Box, TC, Wacoal or Donna Karan.
To my dismay, I learn that a dress is better for me than a skirt or pants. (I hate wearing dresses!) And the dress should be empire waste with a belt high above my waistline. I am happy to see photos of Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock and Gina Gershon all modeling the kind of dress with a belt that should flatter my figure. (Perhaps they are secretly apple shapes too.) 10 things I should never wear include a short top, a wide belt, a belt at my waist, tuck in tops, long fitted tees covering my stomach, bathrobe-style coats and knits, high-waist skirts and pants, heavy-duty layering, tight sequined tops and dresses, and waist high shapers. Some of these I have been guilty of wearing and I am given an explanation for why I shouldn't.
There is also a list of every kind of jacket or blazer and the style I should buy it in. For example, if I want a "safari jacket," it should be "belted, patch-pocketed, with epaulettes." (What are "epaulettes?") In the "High Fat vs. No Fat" section I see a woman dressed to look very fat, in a skin-tight dress which I would never dare wear. I am amazed to see how much better she looks with the black empire waist dress with a thin belt above the waistline. Some of my "thinner by tonight" tips are things I never thought of, while one of them makes me laugh: "Hold your bag in front of your stomach, a tried-and-true celebrity trick. A big clutch works. Small dogs and babies do, too."
Well, Charla, that last book you wrote cost me a lot of money in shopping. I can see I'm going to have to hit the malls again! I might even have to get a small dog or baby as an accessory.
Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
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