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Secrets of Style: InStyle's Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Jam-packed with detailed information, fine illustrations and beautiful color photographs, the book is a treasure for the woman who wants to look great.
"Secrets of Style" is an offshoot of Instyle Magazine. The magazine's fashion coverage over the years has been extensive. The author, Lisa Arbetter and the editors of Instyle, have compiled the information from the magazine and transformed it, into a working guide for the reader.
The beauty of the book is the information will not become dated. This is not a book about clothes. This is a book about style. By reading the book and visually seeing the examples you will learn how to develop, expand and enhance your sense of style.
We all want to look good. To wear our clothes and not let them wear us. To build a wardrobe of garments that meets our needs, gives value for our dollar and makes us look our personal best.
And within these pages you will learn how to do exactly that.
"Secrets of Style" includes chapters on selecting the clothes to best flatter your figure. How to spot quality. Vintage shopping. Best fit for jackets, pants, skirts and more. A look at lingerie. Picking shoes and bags. Care, repair and storage of items. There are sections on a stylish pregnancy and tying a scarf. The editors have done an exhaustive job to cover everything from head to toe and more!
The color photographs are lush and telling. Nothing like seeing a picture to gain a clear view of what looks great. Many of the photographs are from issues of Instyle and these are classics. Kate Hudson glowing in her champagne Versace. Jane Fonda booted in a scene from Barbarella.Read more ›
And some of their advice about "must-have" basics just isn't universally applicable. Half of their "6 figure-flattering classics no closet should be without" are not great. As a curvy woman with tendency towards pear-shape, I have yet to find straight-leg pants than don't make my legs look like tree trunks; I do much better with bootcut. A straight-cut turtleneck? Completely hides my waist and makes me look boxy. And flesh-colored pump? Yuck: double yuck. How about you show us *one single example* of an outfit in this entire book with flesh-colored pumps, and then I'll agree that this is an important basic.
So after buying and reading this book, I feel like I wasted my money. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from reading fashion magazines
I would rec. this to everyone!
I especially enjoy the practical tips for dressing by body type, organized by each piece of a wardrobe. It also has neat how-to tips for tying a scarf, choosing accessories, etc.
There are a couple things that the book lacks, which would be handy. It could use a glossary to define fashion terminology. Some terms are defined in the book, but many are not. Maybe those things are self explanatory for most people, but I kind of need it to be spelled out. It would also be nice to have sections devoted to specialty sizes, such as petite and full-figure. Each section does briefly cover dressing different frames, but it would be great if that could be expanded a little more.
Overall, this is the best book on fashion that I've seen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I give this book mixed reviews. On the plus side, it's arranged by type of clothing, with full chapters devoted to pants, skirts, jackets, suits, etc. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Michaela
This book is every woman's must have for fashion and style. Well organized, easy to read and to go straight to the section you need, this is no long boring textbook. Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by KJ
This book along with a couple of others I purchased from Amazon.com (The Pocket Style Guide and the Lucky Style Manual) is just perfect. Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Mirna B. Orellana
I bought this book from the clearance rank at a local bookstore. Should have been my first clue. As someone who designs and makes custom clothing, I'm always looking for... Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Deana Tollerton
I don't have strong feelings either way about this book. It's organized well and includes interesting information about fashion history, proper fit, and clothing care, but nothing... Read morePublished on April 7, 2008 by Amy
I bought this book and the Lucky Guide to Shopping and found the tips given in the other book to be better. Read morePublished on March 14, 2008 by K. Trick
I really love this book! I stumbled across it today at a library book sale and snatched it up. I'm so glad I did! Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by Karen Beth Martin
I just love this book. The large size and hard cover make it great for the coffee table. The picture on the cover is actually my favorite-I strive to look that pulled-together... Read morePublished on August 4, 2005 by pursegal
Few women desire to be a walking advertisement for a designer(s). Working in the fashion industry, I have learned that in terms of clothing, most women desire to present a striking... Read morePublished on August 3, 2005 by E. G. Suber