Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body

Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body

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by Clinton Kelly, Stacy London
     
 
The 8 million fans of TLC’s hottest show, What Not to Wear, know it as the place to go for real-life fashion advice. Now the show’s hosts, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, offer spot-on fashion wisdom—with an attitude—in this fully illustrated, authoritative, and irreverent fashion guide to dressing your best for every occasion. Clinton

Overview

The 8 million fans of TLC’s hottest show, What Not to Wear, know it as the place to go for real-life fashion advice. Now the show’s hosts, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, offer spot-on fashion wisdom—with an attitude—in this fully illustrated, authoritative, and irreverent fashion guide to dressing your best for every occasion. Clinton and Stacy’s surefire method for boosting appearance rests on their belief that we can all win admiring glances by selecting clothes that play up our positives and create a balanced body shape. In Dress Your Best, Clinton and Stacy match a wide range of female and male body types with the perfect work, casual, and evening attire, showing you exactly how to make your best parts “work” for you.

Dressing tips for 26 body types!
Features 18 women and 8 men: bigger on top, bigger on bottom, a little extra in the middle, not curvy, extra curvy, small-framed, athletic, and more!

Whether you’re searching for a way to accentuate your assets, puzzling over the right print pattern for your frame, or just looking for a solution to the dilemma “What do I need to wear to look fabulous?” you’ll find here the universal tips, dos and don’ts, seasonal alternatives, and must-haves that will deliver the answers. Dress Your Best is certain to become the standard by which all other fashion guides are measured.

Editorial Reviews

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“Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping engines . . . and don’t leave home without this book. Empowering, friendly, and exceedingly useful.” —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
The spunky hosts of TLC's What to Wear present a fashion guide that's empowering, friendly and exceedingly useful. No gimmicky, fruit-related body shape names here-Kelly and London keep things simple. For each of their female body types-"bigger on top," "bigger on the bottom," "a little extra in the middle," "curvy," "not curvy," etc.-there's advice for petite, average height and tall women. (The men's section is equally straightforward if shorter: "tall," "athletic," "barrel-chested," etc.) Kelly and London use positive reinforcement (there are many more "dos" than "don'ts"), and sprinkle "universal tips" applicable to any body type throughout. Each type's section opens with a photo of an average-looking model sporting a basic swimsuit, along with comments from the model and the authors. Although they don't cite brand or store names, Kelly and London give plenty of specific advice: e.g., a straight dress will accentuate curves on an hourglass shape; a jacket with a moderately low "stance" (v-neck) will help the upper body appear longer. Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping engines-and don't leave home without this book! Agent, John Boswell Management. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307236715
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
09/13/2005
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
607,153
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Clinton Kelly has been executive editor at DNR, deputy editor at Mademoiselle, and contributing editor at Marie Claire.

Stacy London has been senior fashion editor at Mademoiselle and a fashion stylist for celebrities and worldwide advertising campaigns.

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Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great - it has more than enough pictures (contrary to other commentary)...it mirrors the show, TLC's What Not To Wear, nicely. I found that I could use tips from more than one body shape... I do think, however, there are many types of slim people in the world - i.e. = Slim Curvy...those of us who are slim (size 6 and smaller) with defined curves but not at all voluptuous...I love the book but they did seem to fall into the stereotypical way of viewing thin people as skinny/slim with no visible curves...worth reading in any case. If you ask, 'Should I read this?' - you probably need/want to :0)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Clinton and Stacy fan, so I new I'd like this book, and sure enough, I did. There are tons of pictures in the book of different body types, clothing, colors, and styles. Even Stacy and Clinton strip down to their skivvies to help the reader. If you like the American version of What Not To Wear, you'll enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the first time, I found a fashion book with my body type (not curvy, average height) and some tips for it. Only problem was that the model is smaller than I am. Plus, I felt that there was too much focus on the specific outfits used and not enough general advice for each body type. Having said that, I loved the book and loved almost all of the advice given. I even started finding some of the recommended items, and I feel great in them. Great job. By the way, I love the show too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a big help to those who have trouble dressing for their body types. It's an excellent reference guide and a must-have for all fans of Stacy and Clinton and TLC's What Not to Wear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How disappointing! As a fan of the show, I was expecting a knock-out book, but this clearly is not it! It needed more visual representations for each size/shape. Also, the models in the book don't look as well-put-together as the real people on the show. I wish it would've gone more into depth about color options for different hair/eye colorings. It also would have been great to see a side view, rear view and front view of each recommended style, so the shopper could see how the clothes should fall on the body. Another section that would have been helpful would be a 'footwear' section, to pair what types of shoes go with each outfit or perhaps include an accessories section that discussed how to jazz-up an outfit without looking too costume-y, out-of-proportion or inappropriate. I hope Stacy & Clinton do another book in the future, but hopefully much better than this edition! Maybe they can include style tips from Nick and Carmindy, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upside- 1.although the book is several years in print, I did NOT find the tips dated 2.specific body builds/types were addressed with photos to support the styling tips-gave a great visual benchmark 3.would love to use this book with a group of young women who are enterung are soon to enter the world of work to show them what business and business casual looks like.4. did address menswear as well with great suggestions again for the men according to body build/type 4. absolutely well put together, I love what they have done with this book, waiting for a new edition! Downside- 1. referencecs to the sources of the clothing is included but again, being several years in print, this was not very helpful
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JessLucy More than 1 year ago
I've always like the TV show What Not to Wear and this book was really interesting. I liked the examples shown and the tips given for my particular shape and size. I wouldn't normally choose a book like this but I'm glad I did. I find myself paying more attention in the fitting room and coming home with clothes that flatter me better than I ever did before. I do wish Stacy and Clinton would start promoting vegan-friendly clothing. With so many options around, there is no need to wear fur, leather, silk or wool in order to look good! Vegan shoes are cheaper, better for the environment and animal friendly; and they get just as many compliments as my expensive leather ones used to!
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This book was helpful to have in print the things they teach on the show so I can go back to it and remind myself of the rules. I can help others in my family also when they are picking out clothes. I get a kick out of Clinton and Stacy also.
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teresa18 More than 1 year ago
I have read books on style for large women and this was more informative because i fit in several categories of body shapes. One of the books I read did not have practical advice for my body style (It is consistently said "Do not wear" and seldom said "what to wear".)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of the show, when I saw the book I went and bought it without hesitation. It is so helpful and tells how to dress all sorts of body types. I highly reccomend it!