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The Truth About Style Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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With much credit to London, editor and co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear, nine women from situations, including young-married, breast-cancer-survivor, and plus-size blogger, are redressed, restyled, and, most important, re-created into new and thoroughly confident personages. Yes, style is definitely not fashion, and, in each case, the transformation is amazing. For example, Ashley, in the midst of an emotional eating disorder, is now garbed in badass style, complete with leather jacket and fitted jeans; and Tania, who defines herself through her family, forsakes black-on-black for color—lots of it. Each woman begins with a letter that is often heart wrenching; London follows with an analysis of symptoms, underlying causes, and a perceptive prescription that frequently is couched in very personal terms and peppered with dialogue, color pictures of try-ons, as well as recommendations for closet restocking. Most poignant of all is London’s own story, which includes acute psoriasis, anorexia, and, today, her wondrous sense of self. Brava! --Barbara Jacobs
“[London is] the Dr. Phil of fashion.”
~Women’s Wear Daily
“An honest and heartfelt look at how we dress from the inside out.”
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The most striking transformation is that of a 57-year-old executive from Silicon Valley who looks like a mature tech nerd. Initially, she is wearing mom jeans, a saggy cardigan and has a platinum mullet. By the end of her chapter, though, she is drop-dead gorgeous! She looks so chic in a velvet suit, bold jewelry and a modern short haircut. (She also looks about forty pounds lighter just by dressing differently.)
The author works with all different clothing budgets, too. The Silicon Valley womn is steered toward designer suits while in the 19-year-old UT student's makeover shot, she's wearing straight-leg jeans, a fitted blazer and edgy boots. There's also a plus-size African American woman who goes from frumpy to chic. Then, a breast cancer survivor has a whole different set of specific body issues, so she comes to look sexy, feminine and comfortable. There's also a tiny (4'11") 26-year-old who goes from wispy and faded to having a real presence, a zing; her hair color also changes to a deeper, richer tone which really brings out her facial features.
One chapter transforms a plus-size 39-year-old who is trapped in Mommy Syndrome - subsuming herself in her family - and dressing only in black. The author pulls her from her black clothing doldrums into a tailored career mom look. Another participant has issues with her extreme height. She's 5'11" and curvy, yet she almost fades into her "before" photo background. She absolutely comes alive with fitted, colorful clothing and a good haircut. Then, there's the Missouri redhead who also retreats into all black. The author styled her, so her delicate features shined. Finally, there's a cute 48-year-old divorcee who is ready to jump back into the dating pool, but first must overcome her addiction to blah-black and wrap herself in colors that really flatter her and make her look about fifteen years younger.
While the tone of this book is similar to Stacy London's approach on her TV show, "What Not to Wear," this book adds something more. There's a gentleness and a depth. Stacy shares her own early struggles with psoriasis, a visible chronic skin condition, which makes it easy to understand how she oozes empathy for so many other women and their struggles with self-perception and style. This book feels luxurious; the pages are glossy, the pictures abound, there's so much depth and careful analysis that one can reread at will so as to understand the approach to each style situation. The actual layout - fonts, insets - are so visually pleasing, too.
This is a must-have book for any woman who wants to be true to herself and her style!
I so enjoyed this book that I wanted to get my five-star rating in. And I can tell you that there's a lot of wit, a lot of wisdom, and we learn a lot about the life experiences that made Stacy the talented stylist and beloved personality she is today.
The way Stacy relates her story to each of her start-overs is a fresh idea, and the book is well-organized and crisply written.
Actually, I could go on and on again, but at this point I'll just refer you to all the other five-star reviews the book received on Amazon. Many wrote way more eloquently about TTAS than I could have. And it's all true!
One final observation I'm not sure anybody else made is that the advice offered in this book is so positive and so timeless you will benefit from it not just on the first read, but any time you go back to its pages!
My one comment is I wish it had more women in it that she styled!
What not to wear, I didn't realize how personable and down to earth she can be. This book is more about being comfortable in your own skin, learning to treat yourself with respect and dignity and why you deserve to look your best all of the time than it is about exactly what pieces of clothing you should buy. This is a great book for any woman but especially older teens, women in the mommy phase and those in the throws of mid-life. Awesome book. Loved it.
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I learnt a lot and it is a keeper in my library.
Thanks Stacy.Read more