Fashion's best-kept secrets from London's leading fashion authority
Why is it that simply getting dressed in the morning can be a bewildering experience? Last month's must-haves date you faster than a frizzy perm, and before the credit-card bill is paid, some expert is telling you your latest fashion fantasy is now "so last season." The more you buy, the less it seems you have to wear.
Knowing what works and what doesn't, how and when to shop, how best to dress your body shape, and how to work an accessory like a styling pro will propel you on your way to fashion nirvana: the effortlessly chic set. With timeless tips and practical advice, fashion editor Paula Reed proves that you don't have to have a big budget, a whole new wardrobe, or the latest fad to look great.
Transform your life with these expert lessons
- When to spend: what is worth a budget blowout and what can be a cheap buy.
- How to find the fabulous in every figure: dress thin, tall, and timeless . . . promise!
- Secrets of the successful shopper: how to know if it's eek! or chic!
- The essential proportions of the perfect pants, the jacket you'll love forever, and dresses to die for.
- And much more—on coats, suits, shirts, shoes, bags, and essential accessories. Here you'll find everything else you need to release your individual style.
Each chapter focuses on a particular element of fashion—coats, dresses, suits, bags, jewelry—making it easy to navigate the world of fashion. From eveningwear to work wear, weekends to big nights out, from the boardroom to the home office, Reed covers it all with warmth, wit, and intelligence. With a little basic skill, deftly applied, you can have confidence in knowing that what you put on looks great and serves you well. Whatever your age, whether you have a big budget or are flat broke, Style Clinic will help make fashion work for you.
“Incorporates all the great elements of many books in this genre: bright, bold images, a fun, informative tone, and tips most women can apply to their own wardrobes. Peppered with pictures of celebrity fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker, Style Clinic is as fabulous as the personal style it promotes.”
Introduction: How this book will help you: a style primer -- 1: Wardrobe Rehab -- What to keep and what to ditch -- Know your style -- 2: Wardrobe Basics -- What every wardrobe needs -- How to take on a trend -- Reasons to renew -- Fashion's fab four: how to get more bang for your basics -- 3: Fashion's All-Time Favorite Wardrobe Fixers -- Classics -- Quick color fix -- 4: Figure Flattery -- First things first: know what is fabulous for you -- How to find the best fit -- Top-to-toe troubleshooting -- 5: Dressing Your Age -- New rules -- Some thorny issues solved -- Generation trap -- 6: Secrets Of The Successful Shopper -- Some useful lists -- What you need to know before you spend -- A to Z of a savvy shopper -- 7: How To Choose A Coat -- Perfect coat capsule wardrobe -- Figure warnings -- Perfect coat for every occasion -- 8: How To Choose A Suit -- Suit strategy for every situation -- 9: Essentials: The Perfect Pants -- Ten undeniable trouser truths (regardless of your shape) -- Tricky trouser shapes -- 10: Essentials: The Ideal Dress -- Right dress: for work, for the weekend, and for evening -- Choosing the best dress for your figure -- Little black dress -- 11: Essentials: The Skirt For All Seasons -- Right skirt: for work, for the weekend, and for evening -- How to choose the best skirt for your figure -- 12: Accessories -- Shoes -- Handbags -- Jewelry -- Hats -- Belts -- Gloves -- Hosiery -- Last word -- Acknowledgments.