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The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look Hardcover – January 22, 2004

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With its text-heavy layout and somewhat confusing "body type" divisions, this fashion guidebook is somewhat more complicated than many of the other style books on the market. Dedicated readers, however, will learn a lot from Farr, a former fashion editor who's written for InStyle, People, Harper's Bazaar and other publications. Drawing upon her years of experience as a personal stylist, Farr teaches readers what to look for and what to avoid when clothes shopping, how to evaluate their wardrobes and why certain heel heights and shapes work better for different body types. She also gives tips on finding a good tailor, measuring bra size, wearing makeup and accessorizing. Farr is funny, down to earth and savvy, and her guide exudes authority and experience. Although involved, it is comprehensive and trend-resistant, meant to help women of any shape and size find clothes that flatter no matter what the runway season suggests.
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A top New York stylist, Kendall Farr has dressed many celebrities, including Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Joan Allen, Andie McDowell, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, and Diane Sawyer. She has also served as a design consultant for a number of fashion labels. Farr is the author of The Pocket Stylist (Gotham Books, 2004) and has written columns for Glamour and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (January 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592400418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592400416
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a French woman living in the US and have been looking for a book to teach my teenage daughter all the things that French women know about dressing well. This is THE book. It has everything. It covers subjects that may be covered elsewhere such as body type and flattering style, fit, how to build a wardrobe, what to invest in and what to have fun with. What I found most valuable, though, was how the author dispels the myths that fashion magazines promote. For example, she tells you how she prepares for a photoshoot and erases the myth of effortless good looks. She advocates that looking good is not about wearing the latest fashion, but knowing what makes you look good and wearing it. She outlines a basic wardrobe of timeless high quality basics that flatter and supplement with trendier and cheaper items that are fun but will not last as long in your wardrobe. This is how I dress and I can testify that it works.

I will be for ever grateful to my grandmother for teaching me to recognize when a garment fits and when it does not. Therefore, my highest mark in this book goes to the two pages explaining how to tell if a jacket fits. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

If you want just one book to teach you how to be stylish, this is the one. If you want to further explore how French women dress, look at "Chic and Slim" by Ann Baronne.
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In the sea of so called 'fashion experts', Farr is a real standout. Her approach to style differs greatly in that it instructs women how to honestly assess their wardrobes and logically pinpoint their individual body type. She clarifies how to flatter any figure (including plus sizes), incorporate trends and individual style, mix and match pieces, shop on a budget and avoid falling victim to common fashion mishaps. The book isn't limited to just clothing - bras, stockings accessories and tips from beauty experts are also thoroughly covered. Best of all there are pages and pages of tips, places to shop and stylist secret weapons that even the most fashion savvy girl probably doesn't know. My favorite section of the book is 'Your Tailor is Your Best Friend' which details everything from having a garment fit to having a piece custom made. Unlike other guides I have read, this book is written without condescension and truly aims to make all women feel beautiful and stylish. This book is not only an incredibly useful tool but is also a great read. Farr writes with humor and gives the reader a number of hilarious personal, real women and celebrity anecdotes.
This is without a doubt the fashion guide to buy. I have given a few copies as gifts and my friends loved it too.
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Perhaps the single most vital thing I learned from this book is the all important shoulder to hip ratio and definition of waist that determines what shape you are. I myself, and countless other women tend to be so obsessed with perceived huge hips that we all dress like pears and wonder why we look lopsided. As someone with shoulders in proportion to my hips and a very defined waist, I should have been dressing very differently.

What this book will tell you:

1. This book will tell you how to dress for your specific body type, including fabrics and lengths that will look best on you.

2. It will give you ideas on indispensibles, including where to buy them, where to splurge and where to skimp. It will also tell you how to go bargain hunting without looking like you did.

3. It will tell you how best to work with your tailor, what is possible, what is not.

4. I am not a plus sized woman, but if I was,this book would be a godsend in many ways. Since Farr was stylist for plus sized women as well, she does not focus on a `dress in all black ensembles to look your slimmest' as though every curvy woman is ashamed of her shape. She helps women make style choices that flatter her existing shape.

What this book won't tell you:

1. What accesories work best with what outfit- apart from the obvious that a low vamp, with a high heel and pants pegged to the heel will make your legs look longer and platforms look cheesy. It does not cover much ground with accesories except for vague generalities.

2. Most of the online resources it provides are no longer there (luxlook, americanfit etc)

3. It does not give you any detailed color advice for women.
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By naoko on February 10, 2005
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While I lived in France I loved shopping clothes and learned quite lots of things, especially the importance of the "fit". I was impressed by how much French women pay attention to details in fitting and lenghts. Once I was shopping with two French friends. One tried on a jacket, which looked to me fitting well. But after carefully examining the jacket in the mirror she said something like "It's very pretty but the shoulder is a bit ... " and the other friend nodded in agreement and we just left the shop. On another occasion, I tried a summer shirt. The shirt looked perfectly fine to me, but the shop clerk asked me if I was going to wear it over my trousers or tack it inside. I answered both, then she indicated without hesitation how much I should shorten it. I did and I could see it got much much better.

So I knew that fit was one of the big secrets of French girls' look and I became quite consious to buy thing that fit me, but until I read this book, I did not know where to look for exact exact fit and how to do alternations if required. Now this book answered all my questions. I have to admit that I needed to take time and concentration to understand and internalise what is written this book, but it is worth it! In addition, the book really convinced me to get rid of many things I kept for years without wearing because they do not fit me! Bravo! I strongly recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who love and know fashion and clothes but feel they lack small something to achieve real sophistication.
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