- Mass Market Paperback: 199 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (September 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061093947
- ISBN-13: 978-0061093944
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simple Isn't Easy: How to Find Your Personal Style and Look Fantastic Every Day! Mass Market Paperback – September, 1995
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When I moved out NYC, I left the book to the trash can with my other things, not knowing it is such a valuable book. I only read one time, but it is lasting in my mind forever. This is such a book.
The common thread of simplicity (even if it isn't easy), is also applicable to far more than just your clothing. There's a lot of wisdom in this little book.
Good Points: Empasizes paring down your closet so that every piece you have works; lets you know it's okay to have a favorite outfit in more than one color or fabric (i.e. a "uniform" so to speak). Comes down on the fashion industry as part of the reason women don't look as good as they could in clothing (wouldn't be surprised at all if this is the reason the book is out of print). Emphasizes putting together "outfits" in your closet, as opposed to hanging your separates in sections (although if you do this paring down right, thinking of your entire closet as a travel wardrobe, then everything should go with everything, regardless of what you pull out). Great section on how to take care of your clothes.
Bad: No pictures, unless you count caricatures of the authors. No real descriptions on how to dress to cover figure flaws, just an occasional mention of some of the camouflage dressing of the authors.
It's a small, mass-market paperback and almost half of the book is repetition and/or fluff. One example is when they say that one reason to shop is to replace a proven (i.e. "workhorse") wardrobe item. An entire paragraph is spent explaining why one of the authors replaced a black turtleneck with a cashmere one after being dissatisfied with cheaper ones. Who cares?
Even though this book talks about personal style, as do other books, the authors seem to think that everyone is passionate about style--believe me, not everyone is. Some of us want to look good, but have better things to do with our time and money than spend it on clothing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Content good - Quality of paperback not so good. Olivia and Amy Fine Collins do deliver. The seller did not.
It is a tiny paperback. Cute. Read more
This is a tiny little book but I still follow it's advice years later. The chapter titled "the rule of one" is something I still recommend to people. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Meredith
I've read & perused many books on the subject of personal style & this is the best yet, despite being older. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by sharron
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me some insight into my style and now I am ready to reorganize my closet.Published on October 17, 2011 by Busy Lady
Simple isn't easy is a personal style book which advocates streamlined wardrobes and uniform dressing (wearing some variation of the same outfit every day). Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Eibhinn
This book was great! Well written, funny, and easy to read; I loved it. I think every woman should own a copy. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by jb
I'm glad to see that copies of this book are again available. The reason this book rocks is that the authors really want you to think about why you dress the way you do. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Peggy Halsegan
This is one of the best books I have came across about personal style and definitely in my top 10 list. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by Supergentle