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Style on a Shoestring: Develop Your Cents of Style and Look Like a Million without Spending a Fortune Paperback – March 16, 2009
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About the Author
A style expert, founder of the popular fashion website centsofstyle.com, and a former Ford model, Andy Paige is a member of the Glam Squad on TLC's 10 Years Younger. She regularly appears on the Style Network's How Do I Look? and the Soap Network's Soap Talk. Andy was the Beauty and Style Expert on NBC's hit reality show Starting Over and shares her thrifty style secrets in Glamour, InStyle, and Soap Opera Digest.
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As a busy working mother, I felt tired of my usual black and brown clothes and wanted some style advice to choose more wisely the clothes that I wore and purchase in the future.
I did not realise I would read Ms Paige's book twice in 48 hours, try everything on in my wardrobe and after following the guidelines realise that only 5 items were doing me any favors!!
This book teaches you how to put outfits together, and think when you purchase. How to be thifty yet still retain classic wearable clothes that remain fashionable.
I never expected to feel so good about myself when I dress now each day and for the first time in ages really enjoyed going shopping for my clothes... sort of like a treasure hunt. For example: I used Andy's advice when buying pants, checking the leg cut, front and back for signs and surprised myself by the great fit in the changeroom.
I really enjoyed this book and feeling excited about my clothes, and good about myself was a bonus that I didn't expect. Andy's advice is like an honest best friend there to guide you yet allowing your own style to show. This is a gem of a book and I am so thankful that I purchased it.
"Style on a Shoestring" is one of the most comprehensive books about how one can look stylish without spending a fortune or being a slave to the "names". Andy Paige covers nearly everything in a down-to-earth, friendly way.
Here are a few highlights of some of the topics that she covers:
* She goes into great detail about how a jacket/blazer should fit. Most stylists tell the audience to pick the jacket that you can button and take it to a tailor, but they don't explain what needs to be done. Ms. Paige explains step-by-step (including an illustration) of how a jacket is supposed to fit.
* She talks about vanity sizing and sizing of clothes in off-price retailers. While a few people know about vanity sizing, which is occuring mainly in American fashion, not everyone knows the secrets of sizing in off-price retailers. She teaches you a great technique to work around the inconsistent sizing. This technique also works for shopping at thrift stores that don't have fitting rooms.
* She teaches you some of the tricks that you can use to distinguishing "cheap" garments from "bargain" garments.
* She also goes into detail about how other clothing items should fit.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to look stylish without having to spend a small fortune.
Thank you Andy, for a book that was inspiring and informative. In fact, as soon as I read it I went to Old Navy and stocked up on jeans (August) and bought a roll of tan duct tape.
Every woman, every girl, needs this advice if she doesn't have a refined and knowledgeable fashionista on auto-dial.
I refer to this book with the changing of the seasons, if my weight fluctuates or if ever I think I need to liven up my look (or tone it down).