- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Gotham; First Printing edition (December 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592403360
- ISBN-13: 978-1592403363
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Science of Sexy: Dress to Fit Your Unique Figure with the Style System That Works for Every Shapeand Size Paperback – December 27, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
From here, you will be able to correctly define your body shape and size:
1) measure your shoulder, bust, waist, hip (it teaches you to do so correctly) to calculate your proportions and define your SHAPE. You will find out whether you are a Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle or Hourglass;
2) use the relationship between your height and weight to define whether you are slender, average, plus or double plus;
3) then your height alone to define if you are petite, tall or something in between.
Once you know all of the above, then you will be invited into your particular dressing room (there're 48 of them in the book) and find out exactly what types of tops, skirts, pants, dreses, jackets, coats, shoes and accessories are most flattering on you, as well as what you shoud avoid. It also identifies a celebrity for each fitting room for your reference.
There are only 4 pages devoted to each fitting room (body shape), but there is so much useful information and it is almost all you need to build your entire wardrobe! These 4 pages of information is invaluable!
You can always use the information in the other fitting rooms to help the ones you care, like your best friends, your mother, your sisters, your daughers etc...
The book aslo gives other advice on:
1) the fundamental pieces in your wardrobe;
2) answer a few questions in order to define your style of sexy;
3) the Dress Sexy Ten Commandments: the rules that apply to every women, all shapes and sizes (here you will also find out about how to tell if a piece is well made and good quality).
This is the best book on the subject! I definitely recommend it.
Still, I think this is a fashion book that will hold up to time. The book can be passed around among friends, sisters, moms and daughters; then it will get it's mileage. I may still buy it or ask for it for a gift. As I'm losing weight, I'll most likely need to refer to it again (since some things clothing advice changes for weight rather than body shape).
But this book finally changes all that. The book provides detailed instructions on where to measure and exactly how to determine your body type. I very much enjoyed the recurring theme of `no matter what your body style is, you can dress sexy.' After you determine your body type, Bayou lays out a chart of height/weight so that you can find your exact body style within that height/weight category... average medium hourglass, short inverted triangle, etc. Then on the following pages Bayou proceeds to break down each body style and what looks good on your body type.
Regretfully, because Bayou devotes so many pages to covering so many different body types (I think its something like 48 different body styles that he covers), he is only able to devote four pages to each body style. HOWEVER, he crams a ton of information into those four pages. What to wear, what not to wear, accessories, skirts, tops, pants, jackets. He covers them all. And he provides reasoning as to why you shouldn't wear this or that. He even goes so far as to describe the shoes and accessories that look good with your body type.
But the best part about the book is at the end. The glossary. It's not just a glossary. Next to each term is a sketch. So when he says surplice top, I can look at the glossary and there is a sketch of a surplice top. Gathered skirt, a-line, princess seams... there are a ton of different terms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent and succinct resource to help find your perfect body fitting clothes.Published 18 months ago by K. Beeler
Love this book! I always feel clueless when I go shopping and even when I dress myself. This book was a God-send. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alex O.
This is a re-purchase of this book because I loved it so much. I loaned my copy out and never received it back again. I am assuming the other person loved it as well.Published 21 months ago by Angela Sigler
Doesn't give many clothing options for your body type. Some clothes are not defined so you don't know exactly what the author is talking about. Not a good purchasePublished on August 12, 2014 by mitsu47560
Quick and easy read, not intimidating. I love the Ten Commandments! This is a great book for someone that knows nothing about fashion but would love to be more fashion forward. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by S. Whitmore
I am in my 30s. I know what looks good on me, but this book explained why and taught me a few things I did not know. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer