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The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own Paperback – October 7, 2008
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About the Author
Lucky Editor-in-Chief Kim France has had an extensive career in publishing, which has includedpositions at New York magazine, Spin, and Sassy. Her articles have appeared in many other national magazines.
Creative Director Andrea Linett served in the fashion departments of Sassy and Harper's Bazaar before joining Lucky as fashion director in 2000. Melcher Media is an award-winning book producer based in New York City.
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But what this book does do is provide a fun and inspiring look at ten different "iconic looks" (like Bohemian, American Classic, Bombshell, or California Classic). You'll get pictures of famous women who embody that look and brief interviews with "real women" who wear the look. There are also lists of "essential" pieces for the look. This was my favorite part of the book, but it is also where common sense comes in. If there is a suggestion for a specific piece that you know won't flatter you, then modify it.
This is a useful read for somebody who knows what she likes but may not be quite sure how to spin it into a coherent look, or even somebody who knows her look but is looking for new ideas. It does assume that you already know the basics of how to shop and find things that flatter your figure and are age-appropriate. The women pictured are thinner and more beautiful than the average American, but since this was published by a magazine that features models who are thinner and more beautiful than the average American, I didn't feel that was inappropriate.
As an owner of both texts I can appreciate how timeless and Back to Basics the Shopping Manual (1) is and how the Style Guide (2) moves into "Mastery" just as the title suggests.
If you are consistently drawn to fringe and bohemian prints, there is a way to master this look. Chuck Taylors and leather moto jackets? There is a way to master this look as well. If you are a straight up Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Crisp, white, button up girl, then the American Classic section has a robust collection of outfits, accessories, and icons for your perusal.
Lastly, through a careful read of the text, you will come to realize that like most women you aren't just one, monolithic, style ALL the time. Sometimes you want to switch it up, spice it up, or pare it down. What the book provides is OPTIONS for you to do just that and the freedom to be as creative as you want and still be bold, yet stylish. I give it four stars instead of five because the book has to grow on you and it is still growing on me, but it is a great addition to my collection and I HIGHLY recommend that you snag Lucky's first book BEFORE or IN ADDITION TO this one and you'll have all you need to move to the head of the class.
This book helps me stay focused with the look I want to achieve and also gives me ideas for new outfit combinations with pieces I hadn't thought of before.
Each look has color photos of essential pieces with accessories and shows you how to put it together, so it's easy to skim through it and decide which looks you prefer. Also, two or three women are profiled for each look showing items they chose to achieve it. Often their choices are more interesting than the pieces the editors chose! If their choices were included in the essential pieces the looks would be more appealing. This is especially true of the Bohemian look where the essential pieces are baggy, shapeless but the clothes belonging to the women profiled are striking.
The only other criticism I have is that some of the looks don't have outfits for every occasion; that is, at least one casual outfit, an every day outfit, a suit for a career, and an evening outfit, all with appropriate accessories.
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Still offers some good outfit ideas.