The Truth About Style

The Truth About Style

Book - 2012
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The author, the style savant cohost of TLC's What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women, including herself, put in their way. With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, she has transformed not only the looks but also the lives of hundreds of guests who have appeared on What Not to Wear. Now for the first time in print, she not only shares the principles of how to dress well, and why you should, but also examines the reasons why so many women don't. She moves beyond the often intimidating seasonal trends of fashion, which so often leave women feeling inadequate and judgmental about their own bodies, to the more valuable and enduring concept of style: a way to dress that enhances and celebrates who they really are. And she turns that expert X-ray insight on herself. Like the women she's transformed, she has plenty of emotional baggage. At eleven, she suffered from severe psoriasis that left her with permanent physical and mental scars. During college, she became anorexic on a misguided quest for perfection. By the time she joined the staff at Vogue, her weight had doubled from binge eating. Although self-esteem and self-consciousness nearly sabotaged a promising career, she learned the hard way that we wear our insecurities every day. It wasn't until she found the self-confidence to develop a strong personal style that she finally became comfortable in her skin. In this book she shares her own often painful history and her philosophy of the healing power of personal style, illustrating it with a series of detailed "start-overs" with eight real women, demonstrating how personal style helps them overcome the emotional obstacles we all face. For anyone who has ever despaired of finding the right clothes, or even taking an objective assessment in a full-length mirror, this book is a guide to finding the expression of your truest self.
Publisher: New York : Viking Adult, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670026234
Branch Call Number: 746.92 Lond
Characteristics: 215 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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ArapahoeRachel Jul 13, 2017

If you loved Stacy on TLC's "What Not To Wear" then you will enjoy reading these fashion interactions from her perspective. She has a real empathy for the women she is helping and her honesty is well-placed where perhaps each woman's own perspective has become skewed over the years.

JCLJulieT Nov 25, 2013

Here is how I came to read this book: 1. My husband was busy, 2. I love Trinny and Susannah, of the British What not to Wear, 3. I found the American What not to Wear on Netflix and started watching it. There are no British accents, but I like it. 4. I put all of Trinny and Susannah's books on hold at the library and found Stacy London's, too.

And now my review: I quite enjoyed this book. I read it in two days. It has a lot of body-type specifics that will only apply to a portion of women, but those are couched in honest, revealing and personal stories about the women in the book. Also, honest, revealing and personal stories about Stacy London - who, by the way, I now Love. This book was very autobiographical for her. (and she's totes cool, funny, smart, beautiful and introspective)

I will read more from her and watch more American What not to Wear based on my style-respect for Stacy London.

Bellfa226 Mar 21, 2013

I loved this book! It does have a lot of Stacy's story, but it is a great inspiration. All of the makeovers are great stories. There were thought provoking and encouraging quotes. It was a confidence boost to read.

rowanquincy Dec 05, 2012

Had too much about the author's tastes. the update on the models was not always appealing.

Nov 04, 2012

This book is more about Stacy and her personal experiences. Clinton has his own book which is more comical. They are both great Fashion Stylists and great life coaches and personal supporters! I love their show!!!

debwalker Oct 16, 2012

What happened to Clinton? Love their witty take on style.


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