Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady

Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady

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by Derek Blasberg
     
 

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If you've ever wondered how to climb the social ladder with grace, how to feel confident in every situation, or even how to make a lasting impression (but not the kind that lands you on the latest "Worst Dressed List")-Derek Blasberg is here, with quotes and secrets from all the socialites so girls everywhere can learn how to have class. This hilarious handbook

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If you've ever wondered how to climb the social ladder with grace, how to feel confident in every situation, or even how to make a lasting impression (but not the kind that lands you on the latest "Worst Dressed List")-Derek Blasberg is here, with quotes and secrets from all the socialites so girls everywhere can learn how to have class. This hilarious handbook will provide everything you need to know about fashion, socialising, dating, and etiquette. With tons of practical tips and tools for learning to flaunt what you've got, dozens of specific how-tos, common no-nos, and huge blunders that even smart girls make, this tongue-in-cheek book will train you to be a lady, and not a tramp!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“I can categorize the young women I’ve met through my trials and travails into two groups: ladies and tramps,” writes Blasberg in the introduction to this modern manners book. With a clean design that makes excellent use of line art and photographs, the book discusses dressing properly (“Unless you’re a cheerleader or prepubescent little girl, there is no reason to run around town in a half tee”), social graces, making friends, finding love, and facing temptation, as well as works of art, film, and literature ladies should know. Blasberg acknowledges the mixed messages directed at young women, while encouraging levelheadedness and precaution (readers might want to double-check certain claims; he states that herpes “can be communicated through toilet seats”). But underlying Blasberg’s arch (and entertaining) voice are good intentions—and decent advice. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
ELLE
Blasberg's compiled everything he's learned from Hollywood, fashion, and high society in Classy, a guide to becoming a true lady.
New York Magazine
Fashion writer Derek Blasberg has taken note of both good and bad behavior while hanging with a high-profile set.
Teen Vogue
What's a gal to do in this age of tacky pseudo-celebrity? Enter Blasberg, whose new book may just be the saving grace.
VanityFair.com
Dispenses advice on everything from table manners to tattoos in cheeky essays...A thoroughly modern guide to living like a lady.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—This guide provides wise yet hip advice on how an "extremely modern" young woman can be a lady and avoid being a "tramp," but it is so much more. Can she learn how to travel overseas or attend social events in style? Check. Can she learn to plan a wonderful dinner party, complete with correct place settings? Check. Can she learn how to avoid the wrong guy, drinking too much, cigarettes, or drugs without being a nerd? Check. Can she learn proper social customs and etiquette, and how to be a great friend? Check. She can also gain sound advice about these and myriad other important elements of life, including sensible dressing, successfully handling relationships, being knowledgeable about the world, and making good personal choices. Quotes from famous people savvy about the ins and outs of each subject addressed, plus catchy color photos and pertinent captions, add interest and flavor to the extremely upbeat and thought-provoking chapters. Humorous "self-tests" and their results reinforce the points being made. Although the content is sometimes mature and aimed at older teens and 20-somethings, with its references to such things as going to bars and clubs, legal drinking situations, or dealing with overindulgences, girls who are a bit younger can still benefit from reading this book by being better prepared to make good decisions both now and later.—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595142795
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
301,117
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Derek Blasberg is a fashion features editor at 10 Magazine, has a column in Russian Vogue, and is a frequent contributor to the London Sunday Times, Details, Women's Wear Daily, Another Magazine, Japanese Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Bergdorf Goodman Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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Classy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will change you in a fun way Great for teenagers who are have difficiltlty in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I think he makes a nice point, girls these days are trashy, and yes, it's written in a light and comical way, but-why are women being asked to change their behavior? Men are loud, obscene, and often times very inappropriate, yet no one tells them how to dress or act in public. Girls these days are only taught by to dress and act the way they do by how they perceive what men want! I'm not saying it's right, and like I said, this book offers a cute reality check, but what role are men playing and the media playing in this? Sometimes it's nice to dress up like a skank and get trashed, yet even if the most prude and conservative girls do that even once they get insulted or chastised! How many men can go out with their buddies and belch openly, comment on women's clothes, cleavage, and grab asses without so much as a consequence or comment??? I think there's a lot of hype surrounding this book, but I don't understand why, and I don't understand why no one's looking at the underlying roots to this trashy culture girls are brought up in nowadays.
JennHo More than 1 year ago
I had heard so much buzz about this book in the months leading up to it's release on twitter. I bought the book the day it came out and read it within the first hour of purchasing it. Derek Blasberg's witty repartee is showcased amazingly throughout the book. This book shows ladies everything from etiquette to style and everthing in between. It's full of wonderful illustrations and photos that give a visual aid for nearly everything that Derek stresses. This book challenges girls to act more like ladies and less like tramps. This book is tongue-in-cheek, fabulous fun. In other words, I LOVED IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a Bible for fashionable young adults. As a 16 year old, my friends and family constantly hear me complain about how trashy my generation is. My peers are so classless that even the word classy no longer means what it used to. Namely because of the common Facebook tag "I'm a classy b***h" that accompanies shots of 16 year olds in crop tops and almost nonexistent shorts at parties. What have we come to when Hollister is the holy Mecca of fashion for teens while an astounding number still don't know what Dior is?! "Classy" tries to counteract this. Everything one could possibly need to know to be a classy young women (even how to set a table for different meals!) is included, along with visuals and theoretical situations that only aid to the "learning". I adore Derek Blasberg and this book was so him; full of wit, charm, and humor. I have only knocked off one star because sometimes the humor is a bit rude (but hey, if you're offended, you don't deserve to be reading this book and should grow a backbone instead) and because it was at times repetitive or conradictory. I.e. Derek talks about how you don't have to wear name brands to look good and praises thrift shopping, but continuously raves about high end retailers and only features the model in name brands. My one tip would be to buy his newer book "Very Classy" instead, because very classy is the exact same as "classy", only the topics are expanded upon. I only found this out after and was disappointed a) because I wanted more of his witty writing, not just an expanded version of the older edition, and b) because one does not need to own both so had I known I would have bought the larger edition. Anyway, the book was lovely and really does a wonderful job of teaching so-called "tramps" to be classy, while providing us fashion-loving, classy young ladies with even more to know. Everyone can benefit from this, and maybe if we all owned it there would come a day where those trashy Facebook photos cease to exist. FYI: this book seems to be geared to the 14-20 age demographic, so if you're a full grown adult pondering this purchase, you may want to skip it. Although he does feature outfits that may be too sophisticated for teens and teaches one to dress for white-tie galas, so that made me ponder his targeted age group as well. Regardless, this is a great buy for all! 
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ladytwells More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative and gives the perfect guidelines for a women who wants to be well educated . And teaches you the mannerisms that a lady needs to be classy.
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Received as a gift and I absolutely dig it. Its an easy read and a funny one as well.
LovelyOne87 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great find for me. I am 100% for how you present and carry yourself. This book is a good polishing tool for young women and women who want to be classy ladies. Even the little tips about fashion at the airport were great. This is a great book and a must read for everyone.
CHUCKNYC More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Everything it is totally true and totally practical and its written with a great sense of humor! if you are girl no matter your age you have to read this book trust mee... you wont regret it!
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ucficicle22 More than 1 year ago
I had heard of this book via Teen Vogue a while ago, but didn't (regrettably) pick it up until recently. And I haven't been able to put it down since...it is definitely a book worth reading and it is also worth the money! Essentially, this book is for everyone...and teaches us young women and girls how to be more ladylike, how to be the perfect hostess and plan parties (this was one of my favourite chapters), and even gives tips on what to read as well as watch. I think we could all do with a little more class in this world.
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the_princess33 More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book wasn't just one of those self-help guides that made everything TOO practical: it was just enough to guide any girl on how to become one of those A-list, classy celebrities, even if she never stepped foot on the red carpet. I loved this book because of all it's good laughs, great advice, and the ability to be advice that you would never forget. It deals with all aspects of a girl's life, not just teaching you which fork is for which meal. It deals with everything a normal young lady could relate to and is definitely worth giving a shot to read.
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I bought this book just a few days ago. I haven't been able to put it down since! I literally carry it with me everywhere with hopes that I'll get a chance to finish reading it. Its got some funny bits in it along with some really relevant things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughters love this book... It's simple and quick information on manners and etiquette for today's society.
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