How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting [NOOK Book]

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The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year--in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit!

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Overview

The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year--in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit!

You'll never get dressed the same way again once you discover:

*smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs, and heavy calves-and that's only half the book.

*which fabrics, colors, and styles make women look fat

*absolutely the best shades, shapes, and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible

*clever solutions for special fashion situations--workout gear, evening wear, and even swimsuits!

*which products, fashions, and services you shouldn't waste your money on

*the top ten tips that will make you look thinner by tonight!

So, if you've ever put on a piece of clothing and asked "Does this make me look fat?" Finally, here is the book that will answer your question.
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Editorial Reviews

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In her first book, Charla Krupp taught women how not to look old. In her second, the popular Today Show guest aims at teaching readers how to look good even while they are wrestling with weight reduction. How To Never Look Fat Again shows that accenting your slimmer side requires only a commitment to revamping your look and clothing style. It demonstrates its points with hundreds of examples that draw on the expertise of beauty, fitness, retail, and shapewear professionals. A valuable tool for creating a better self-image now.

Publishers Weekly
In How Not to Look Old, Krupp aided readers in their quest to fend off the ravages of age. In this second outing, she puts her style and beauty savvy—gleaned from her work at Glamour, InStyle, More, and People: Style Watch—to work helping women discover and celebrate their slimmer side. Those who know the basics of dressing thin (avoid horizontal stripes; Spanx do wonders for bulgy bits; etc.) and are ready for advanced techniques will be thrilled with this book. And novices who think any derriere looks good in any jean should study up: the woman knows her stuff, as evidenced by loads of revelatory before-and-after photos, plus clever tips and useful lists (e.g., the winter-themed “Swap-outs” chart recommends sleek leather gloves vs. bulky woolly ones). The book is organized by issue, such as big bust, “muffin top + back fat,” and “Buddha belly.” While some of the topics may seem wacky at first (“Are your brows making you look fat?” and “Hiding fat with your bag”), a careful read will reveal that Krupp's advice—delivered in just the right knowledgeable-yet-commiserating tone—makes excellent sense. When it comes to clothes and the female figure, the author understands how proportion, balance, and color make the difference between lumpy and lovely, frumpy and fabulous. (Apr.)
Redbook
"Consider the mystery of looking great in clothes solved."
San Francisco Chronicle
"..The book is a bible for creating optical illusions with correct garment choices...Any woman can benefit."
Orlando Sentinel
"about as impossible to resist as chocolate."
The Boston Globe
"In her new book, "How to Never Look Fat Again,'' she compiles easy, smart, and chic tips on how women can look thinner without spending endless hours at the gym. She guarantees her fashion secrets will help you by tonight."
Chrsitina Binkley
"Ms. Krupp's mission is to consider every possible roll, bump and curve of the body and propose ways to minimize it, distract from it, or make it disappear with artful dressing. There is a voyeuristic thrill to reading even sections that don't apply to your own body type."
From the Publisher
Praise for HOW TO NEVER LOOK FAT AGAIN:

"Krupp's advice--delivered in just the right knowledgeable-yet-commiserating tone--makes excellent sense. When it comes to clothes and the female figure, the author understands how proportion, balance, and color make the difference between lumpy and lovely, frumpy and fabulous."

--Publisher's Weekly

Praise for HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD:

"The woman knows what she's doing...A bullet-pointed battle cry against the forces of aging."
--- New York Times, 2008

"Addictive. That's the best word for this beauty/fashion guide...Her focus isn't on sex appeal. It's about giving women specific, usually inexpensive tips."
--- USA Today, 2008

"Frank advice on the little details."
--- Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446563956
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 190,038
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Charla Krupp
Charla krupp has appeared for ten years on the Today show and on more than thirty national TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Tyra, CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and Access Hollywood. She is a contributing editor to People: Style Watch, and was formerly beauty director at Glamour, senior editor at InStyle, and contributing editor at More.
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Table of Contents

Intro: Raise your hand if you think you look fat 1

Chapter 1 Are Your Clothes Making You Look Fat? 10

Chapter 2 How to never look fat with a Wide Face 18

Chapter 3 How to never look fat with a Thick Neck + Broad Shoulders 36

Chapter 4 How to never look fat with a Arm Flap 52

Chapter 5 How to never look fat with a Big Bust 70

Chapter 6 How to never look fat with a Muffin Top + Back Fat 86

Chapter 7 How to never look fat with a Buddha Belly 100

Chapter 8 How to never look fat with a Wide Hips + Things 114

Chapter 9 How to never look fat with a Big Booty 128

Chapter 10 How to never look fat with a Heavy Calves 142

Chapter 11 How to never look fat with a Wide Feet + Ankles 156

Chapter 12 How to never look fat with a Summer 170

Chapter 13 How to never look fat with a Winter 186

Chapter 14 How to never look fat with a Workout Wear 200

Chapter 15 How to never look fat with a The Evening 212

Chapter 16 How To Never Look Fat Again 226

Skinny Clicks 239

Skinny Clicks for Larger Sizes 242

Thank Yous 244

Fashion Credits 249

Photography Credits 252

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First Chapter

How to Never Look Fat Again

Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting!
By Krupp, Charla

Springboard Press

Copyright © 2010 Krupp, Charla
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446547475

1

Are Your Clothes Making You Look Fat?

IT’S NOT YOU; IT’S YOUR CLOTHES.

How else do you explain why on some days you look your thinnest and on other days, not so much—when you weigh exactly the same?


→There are high-fat clothes and no-fat clothes and those (low-fat) in-between. Most of us have all three categories—high fat, low fat, and no fat—hanging in our closets and filling our drawers.

As weight-conscious women, we are aware of calories as well as fat grams. We are constantly monitoring what we put in our mouths. If you have an entire pizza for dinner, you are not likely to top it off with a rich dessert. Because pizza alone is going to max out your calories and fat intake, pretty much no matter what diet you’re on. Now if you stayed no-fat all day, when the dessert cart rolls up, you may feel like you can indulge in one perfect chocolate chip cookie. This daily internal negotiation that we have with food—“I’ll eat this, I won’t eat that”—is the same principle we need to apply to clothes: “I’ll buy this, I won’t buy that.” Just like you wouldn’t keep Mallomars in the kitchen if you were trying to lose weight, you shouldn’t store fattening choices in your closet if you want to look slim. Same concept.

Making strategic clothing choices for your specific body issues is the secret to dressing Fit Not Fat! Of course, you can (and should) diet and exercise, but neither of those are going to get you looking ten pounds thinner, ten years younger, and ten times sexier by tonight.

Here’s how to look Fit Not Fat in a super-fattening big floral-print full skirt: Don’t top it off with an equally fattening oversized white cotton blouson top with full sleeves. Instead, keep your top half (and everything else on your body) slim because you have maxed out your fat allowance with the skirt. So you choose a stretchy V-neck top that hugs your body and fabulously shows off your toned upper half—neck, shoulders, décolletage, waist, and arms. You don’t have a fabulous upper body to compensate for the super-fattening skirt? No problem—don’t wear the skirt. Instead, go head to toe in a monochromatic dress or pants look. Which, as you will find out in the pages to come, doesn’t have to be black and doesn’t need to be boring.


Let’s face it, stressing out about “What can I wear and not look fat?” consumes too much of our time—trying on clothes, looking in the mirror, figuring out if we look fat—and then we are forever returning our miscalculations.


You don’t want to wear more than one piece of high-fat clothing per outfit. Ideally, you want all your clothes to be zero fat. Fashion designers, stylists, tailors, and good personal shoppers all know what pieces make you look Fit Not Fat. Now you will, too, because in each chapter you’ll find various pieces of clothing categorized into high-fat and no-fat lists. Please note that the same piece can be high fat for one body issue and no fat for another. So no angry letters, please! Once you have the list for your body issue, you will be able to assess how fattening that piece of clothing on the rack will be on your body, before you waste time bringing it into the dressing room. Why is this important? Of course, it’s best if you can actually try everything on, but really, who has the time? If you can size up the fat factor in a nanosecond, you’ll have more time to do all those other more important things in life. (And you’ll look Fit Not Fat doing them, too.)

This book is dedicated to fast-tracking your “Do I look fat?” quandaries. Once we collectively nail this fat issue, we will move on with the self-assuredness of a woman who knows that she looks Fit Not Fat and therefore is in control. One great role model is Michelle Obama, who is not a size 2 but always looks strong and confident and pleased with herself, in whatever she wears.

Four basic ingredients pretty much determine whether a garment or accessory is fattening: shape, fabric, color, and fit. To assess the fat content of a piece of clothing or accessory in the abstract, we have to massively generalize. So please cut me some slack if you do indeed find a Pucci print puffer coat that makes you look ten pounds thinner! Fit is the wild card here. Only you and your three-way mirror can figure it out. A good tailor can help ensure a great fit, but sometimes a tailor will convince you to salvage a piece that is simply not worth salvaging. (Just like a sales associate in a department store will tell you that something looks fabulous when you know it doesn’t. It’s called being on commission.) Reject a piece sooner rather than later, and you won’t be throwing good money after bad. Here’s to not having any more miscalculations, which are probably those clothes in your closet with the hangtags still on.

WILL IT MAKE YOU LOOK FAT? HOW TO TELL

It’s time to break the habit of wearing clothes that are better in theory…

An outfit either creates a good impression of you or it doesn’t.

LOOK AT THE SHAPE

HIGH-FAT pieces are oversized or have excessive amounts of fabric. As in, a super-sized boyfriend sweater, a sailor pant, a baby doll dress, a pleated skirt, a dirndl skirt, a balloon skirt, a fifties-style ball gown, a ruffled peasant skirt, overalls, harem pants, sweatpants, and an espadrille shoe that ties up on the leg. On the flip side, pieces that are too small to cover your frame leave too much exposed and are also high-fat. Stay clear of tube tops, hot pants, cut-off jeans, shorts suits, micro-minis, bikinis, bustiers, cutout dresses, and slit-up-to-there skirts, too.

LOW-FAT pieces provide coverage, but not much else. (I am not going to concentrate on this category of clothes in this book, as I assume you will want to look as slim as possible, but I’ll explain this category here, so you can assess your current wardrobe.) Many of these are boring classics that just sit there on your body and don’t particularly flatter it. Often, it’s a tweed blazer, twin sweater set, a sweater dress, a mid-calf skirt, pants with side pockets, a denim jacket, loafers, flannel shirts, white shirts, cotton tees, or plain black pumps.

NO-FAT pieces are the hardest workers. Well-constructed shapers, they enhance your figure, create a svelte silhouette, hide the fat, and slurp you up in all the right places. They make you look better than you would look naked. Stock up on trim V-neck sweaters with three-quarter sleeves, a pencil skirt, boot-cut jeans, an A-line shift dress, a wrap dress, flat-front trousers, a full-coverage bra, a shapewear bike short, high-waist opaque stockings, a control camisole, a knee-length heeled boot, and a pair of nude high heels.

LOOK AT THE FABRIC

HIGH-FAT fabrics are, unfortunately, the most alluring, heavy on shine and texture. Be wary of wide-whale corduroy, crushed velvet, metallic, leather, patent leather, suede, down, mohair, angora, brocade, taffeta, bouclé, sequins, satin, beading, quilting, embroidery, tulle, fringe, flannel, terry cloth, toile, fur (real or faux), chiffon, horizontal stripes, and big prints—houndstooth, floral, plaids, Pucci-esque.

LOW-FAT fabrics are those that are comfortable and wearable but don’t particularly go out of their way to enhance your shape. The most popular include cotton, denim, plain velvet, silk, lace, wool crepe, and wool gabardine.

NO-FAT fabrics have a little something extra that helps mold, shape, and hug your curves. You can’t have enough jersey, cashmere, fine cotton, spandex, fine ribs, flat knits, matte crepe silk, wool rayon, or vertical pinstripes.

LOOK AT THE COLOR

HIGH FAT: neons, brights, primary colors, pastels, white.

LOW FAT: darker hues—navy, brown, charcoal, olive, burgundy, gray.

NO FAT: black, but a closetful of black clothes is so depressing. Try to limit your black purchases to anywhere you have body issues.

LOOK AT THE FIT

HIGH FAT: too big or too tight.

LOW FAT: passable, not amazing.

NO FAT: perfect fit—like it was made for you.

How do trends play into the fat equation? When I look at a fashion runway, I’m always rooting for those trends that I can wear without looking like a blob. I love a show if it has dresses, suits, jackets, and pants I will not look fat in. Military—yes! It’s generally dark, slimming, and fitted. Safari—yes! Most women find smallish leopard prints flattering. Transparency—no! Not for those with serious flab. Pretty baby—no! Little girl dresses and puffed sleeves make everyone look pregnant. Honestly, most of the trends only look good on stick-thin models stalking the runway, teenage girls trolling the mall, or the twenty-something-year-old assistants at fashion magazines. You know that curating a personal style by what looks good on someone else leaves you with a closetful of pieces you don’t feel good wearing. But once you start looking at the fat content of clothes, you’ll be outing fat clothes on the spot. The goal is to become a very picky, or shall we say discerning, fashion editor. I know you can do this.

Here’s the bottom line: If you have to ask the question “Does this make me look fat?” you already know the answer. But chances are, you’re still tempted to wear the piece in question because of how you want it to look, because you love the designer, because you love the fabric or color, because of where you bought it, because it’s on trend, because you paid too much for it, because, because, because.

Sorry, but we don’t walk around with a letter of explanation pinned to our cropped jackets defending our choice of this garment. It’s time to break the habit of wearing clothes that are better in theory—and see yourself in the same bright light that others see you. That outfit either creates a good impression of you or it doesn’t. And, if it doesn’t, summon up the courage to banish the offending garment to the giveaway bag.

What’s lurking in your closet that’s packing on the pounds? You’ll have a better fix on those sartorial calorie-adding culprits after you take this quiz.


Here’s the bottom line: If you have to ask the question, “Does this make me look fat?” you already know the answer.


THE "ARE YOUR CLOTHES MAKING YOU LOOK FAT?"

QUIZ

(1) YOUR WINTER COAT IS


A. A metallic silver puffer that hits mid-calf

B. A short black puffer that’s belted at the waist

C. A navy single-breasted wool or cashmere three-quarter-length coat


(2) YOUR FAVORITE SKIRT IS


A. A denim mini

B. A boho-chic maxi

C. A black pencil that grazes the knees


(3) MOST OF THE CLOTHES IN YOUR CLOSET ARE


A. Bright hues and bold patterns

B. Solid colors

C. Black


(4) YOUR FABRIC OF CHOICE IS


A. Satin

B. Cashmere

C. Jersey


(5) YOUR EVERYDAY SHOES ARE


A. Platform wedges

B. Kitten heels

C. Knee-high black suede boots with a heel


(6) YOUR JEANS ARE


A. Skinny jeans that taper at the ankle

B. Five-pocket with straight legs

C. Dark denim boot cut with a bit of stretch


(7) YOUR BLACK PANTS ARE


A. Relaxed fit with elastic waist

B. Wide legged with cuffs

C. Slim cut in a Lycra blend


(8) YOUR WHITE PANTS ARE


A. High-waisted

B. Stretch cotton capris

C. Flat-front trousers


(9) YOUR WORKOUT OUTFIT IS


A. An oversized T-shirt and sweats

B. A Juicy Couture velour tracksuit

C. Yoga pants and a tank top


(10) YOUR STOCKING DRAWER HAS MOSTLY


A. Patterned stockings and colored tights

B. Nude hose

C. Black tights


(11) YOUR SWIMSUIT IS


A. A bikini

B. A tankini

C. A solid color one-piece


(12) YOUR UNDERWEAR OF CHOICE IS


A. Cotton boy shorts

B. A barely there thong

C. A seamless bike short with control


(13) YOUR BRA IS


A. Lacy black push-up bra

B. Comfy white T-shirt bra

C. Supportive, full-coverage nude


(14) YOUR FAVORITE SHAPEWEAR PIECE IS


A. Camisole

B. Bike short

C. Body suit


(15) TO BED, YOU WEAR


A. Boxers and an oversized T-shirt

B. Cotton nightgown

C. Tank top and pajama bottoms


IF YOU ANSWERED…

MOSTLY A’S: You may be up on the fashion trends, but unless you are built like Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen (and if you are, please don’t stand near me) you risk looking fatter and frumpier than you actually are because the colors, fabrics, textures, and shapes you gravitate to are super-fattening. Think of your closet as the equivalent of a high-fat fridge crammed with cake, cookies, chocolate sauce, and [insert your favorite forbidden food here]. You need to quit those high-caloric pieces, so you won’t be tempted when getting dressed. Don’t worry about what you wore in the past. You’re in the fat-free zone now. Promise yourself: No more fat clothes. Once you go chapter by chapter, you’ll see a huge difference—not only in how you look, but how you feel. You’ll be happier with yourself for taking action and switching to no-fat clothes from this day forward.

MOSTLY B’S: Your closet is packed with solid low-fat choices, and you have the right idea about what looks right, but your look could be even sleeker if you traded some of those low-fat pieces for no-fat pieces. Sometimes you may be tempted by a dress, a sweater, or a skirt even though you intuitively know it’s not going to do you 100 percent justice. Next time that happens while you’re shopping, try a little self-control. Ask the sales associate to hold the piece in question while you shop around. In the next five minutes, picture yourself showing up at work or a party in that piece, looking ten pounds heavier than you actually are. Do you still want it? Summon up the willpower to tell yourself, and the sales associate, that it wasn’t meant to be. Welcome to your first day of No-Fat Dressing. From now on, only buy no-fat. Once you see how much thinner you look, it won’t be hard to say no next time.

MOSTLY C’S: Congrats! You’re an extremely fashion-savvy woman whose closet is packed with lean, no-fat choices. You not only know what’s hot, you know your bod—and what flatters it best. You probably look as thin as possible day in, day out. But if you still feel that you look fat, maybe there’s something that’s just a little bit off. Maybe you’re not seeing yourself the way others see you. Then again, it could be the styling or the fit, but don’t worry, we’ll figure it out.

WITH THIS BOOK, YOU’RE ALL SIGNED UP FOR THE MASTER CLASS.

You’ll discover how subtle little styling tricks can make you look thinner, taller, and sexier. From now on you’ll be able to tweak your own outfits to perfection like a pro.

Who among us does not want to walk out of the house every day looking like we dropped a dress size or two? From now on, wear only no-fat clothes and you’ll look Fit Not Fat every day, all year round, winter and even in summer, too.

Let’s start at the top and work our way down.



Continues...

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN - CLOTHES REMAKE THE WOMAN

    As they say, clothes make the man. Well, Charla Krupp shows us how clothes can remake the woman. HOW TO NEVER LOOK FAT AGAIN not only shows us with pages of color photos but also tells how, what, and why - for instance, how a petite can look extra glam in supple cowls and v-neck sleeveless tops and why she shouldn't wear scrunch-down turtles or boxy crews. And, what a woman after forty can do about the "flappies" - that unattractive loose skin underneath our arms.

    Is there a woman on planet Earth who doesn't think she has a figure flaw? Did I say "a"? Most of us think we have several. Charla has answers, whether it's that arm flap, a large bust, hefty hips and thighs, heavy calves, etc. My favorite suggestions are for those with a Buddha Belly - also known as "jelly belly, pot belly, girly gut, and a number of other unattractive monikers. Solution: "Switch all your underwear to shapewear, don't make your waist the center of attention, avoid wide belts, short tops, etc.

    Not only does Charla offer suggestions but also includes where to buy (websites, too) and the price of the items she mentions. (She's very high on Spanx and waist-high bike shorts, saying "...thrashing around getting these on is not a pretty sight, but the ability to lose ten pounds in one minute is well worth the struggle."

    Just as in her super popular How Not To Look Old Charla's latest is chock full of practical suggestions - did you know that Norma Kamali has a very price accessible line of clothing at Walmart?

    This is one book you'll refer to again and again.

    - Gail Cooke

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Best for one flaw

    This book has some very good information but is best for those with one area they want to camouflage. What it doesn't do well is give advice to those who are heavy all over and have more than one area they are trying to make look slimmer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Fun and Educational

    Great book! Easy to read and inspirational. It showed me that I can still feel attractive, fashionable and at times sexy in age and body appropriate clothing. I do not need to buy older women clothes to feel good. And a great source of brands and stores i did not know about. I liked that real women were used to show the "bad" outfits vs. "good" outfits. I refer to the list of what not to buy often. After reading this book, I went out and bought her other book - How not to look old. Which is great also.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Useful, with lots of great tips, but also repetitious.

    I had read her first book about looking 10 years younger, and this goes over a lot of the very same things. There is a lot of duplication from one book to the next. That being said, I still found it very useful. Many great points are made, and tons of examples for shopping at all cost levels. Love all the websites, and lists of SPECIFIC products to try to treat each "problem" area. Some terms used I had never heard of and weren't fully explained to those of us not up on fashion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Don't waste your time!

    This book must have been written with the following person in mind: someone with no fashion knowledge or sense. The tips should be obvious to anyone who has worn clothing or looks at others in clothing. They were just too general. Every woman knows not to wear skinny jeans without a top to cover her bum if she has wide hips. Or, not to wear ankle strap shoes if she has large ankles or calves. Everyone should wear shapewear. Those were the types of tips in every chapter. The ONLY part I found of any interest were the "what to buy" sections at the end of the chapters. Bras and jeans were the best, in my opinion. So, thumb through the book first, but I say just use common sense and don't waste your money on this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!

    After being inconsistent with dieting and exercise, I bought this book to learn how to dress so that I can minimize my "flaws" and "accentuate my positive" attributes. I am also decluttering my house and closets, so I thought this book would help to assist in parting with clothing that was not helping my appearance.

    "How to Never Look Fat Again" did not disappoint. I purchased the book at about 7pm and it was so easy to follow that by the end of the evening I had a good understanding of what I needed to do.

    The book is organized according to women's "problem" areas and addresses the clothing for that body type that are considered "high Fat" clothing or that which accentuates your problem areas and "Low or No Fat" clothing or that which downplays your problem areas or even makes you look better!

    For each "problem area" the author also includes a checklist that is a quick and easy reference to what NOT to wear EVER! She also features a highlight for each section for Petite women with that particular "problem area"

    The information in this book is presented in such an easy reading format that you can quick reference something if you have forgotten a tip. Charla Krupp also includes resources to purchase some of the items that she recommends.

    It did make parting with my "High Fat" clothing a great deal easier and I did not even baulk! I feel that I am a more informed consumer since I don't want to make a habit out of making myself look even FATTER!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

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    Some great tips that will not only make you look thinner but will make you feel better about yourself!

    I'm a big girl, and even though in the beginning Krupp states that obese (anyone over 50 pounds) should loose weight before using these tips I think that anyone can really benefit from dressing nicer. I've always been taught that feeling good about yourself is the best way to make a change. If you dress up you feel better, and to keep that feeling you are then more willing to make other changes (such as loosing weight).

    I like how the book was broken down. Krupp goes through each of the problem areas women have and gives tips on how to dress that area properly. Many of the tips transcend multiple areas so you won't be standing in a store thinking "this shirt helps here but not there". By including the same items through a few different body areas you can buy a few "no-fat" or "low-fat" pieces to add to your wardrobe, instead of paying for a whole new wardrobe.

    I also like the section in the back where she tells you to go through your closet. She gives you a brief step-by-step to really get the "high-fat" clothes rid from your life. The reason I liked this section is that just going and buying a few new pieces and adding them to your closet isn't going to keep you from dressing in the "high-fat" clothes. To really take advantage of the tips in this book you need to start with a clean slate, so to speak.

    After reading this book, seeing the pictures that show the tips she gives, and really analyzing the clothes you currently have and the clothes you are going to buy you should be able to dress thinner without ever stepping foot into a gym. Although even with a new wardrobe the gym is never a bad thing. (She even has hints on how to dress at the gym! How great is that!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Helpful but...

    This book had some helpful parts, but I wish there were not so many negative monikers in each section. If you want to improve how your tummy and legs and upper arms look like, then you have to read negative comments about these areas. After reading the sections, I just felt more self-conscious. I just took notes on the helpful parts and then got rid of the book. I wish the book JUST focused on fashion and helpful tips--not a bunch of hurtful words about having a Buddha Belly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

    Very Helpful - Specific Advice

    Get this book - it is chock full of great tips and advice and done in a such a real way. Like having an expert girlfriend helping you to look better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Even if you're not heavy or fat...this is THE book to have!!!

    I'm not fat...let's get that straight...BUT as one gets a little older...we need help...and this book is THE book that will help with tricks, suggestions, and downright common sense to make you look slender, classy and that will bring you more power!

    Great Book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Helpful Tips for Body-Flattering Dressing

    I bought this book having read Krupp's previous book How Not to Look Old about which I had mixed feelings (a few good tips, but some condescending language and conflicting information). I found this effort much more useful and enjoyable. Information targeted to petites and plus sizes, as well as specific brand and store information were particularly helpful. The book would have benefitted from additional before and after photos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    Very good, but...

    Most of the ideas given are terrific, and it's good to know that there are options no matter what body you have. But... 1) women need to know how to make their smaller issues fit into the context of the whole body, and that's missing. 2) dismissing a shirtdress as fattening just because the buttons pull is wrong. If the shirtdress FITS, then it will camouflage everything and slim the body without buttons pulling. 3) big, billowy sleeves only indicate big, billowy arms underneath them. Sleeves need to be fitted to slim the arms. 4) "taming the frizz," aka straightening the hair, is not necessarily slimming, and it isn't always good for the hair. The right cut and good haircare is what makes the difference, and curly hair can look just as good as straight hair.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    Skip Garfield for advice, he'll only tell you what you wanna hear...

    If you want to look like a fat, furry, four-legged feline, go to Garfield. If you want to look like a fabulous, confident, empowered female, go to Charla.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    Charla did it again !!

    Another fabulous and very useful text from my glamour-guide, Charla Krupp. The photos, explanations, everything....will keep me Y & H for many years to come!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

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    Great

    How to Never Look Fat Again is great. I lost 20 pounds in last 7 weeks amd need a new look. While we all want to look good, we sometimes smake mistakes that make us look heavier. I need this book until I lose 10 more pounds. Onward with ny new physique and look.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    I adore this book! I never thought that just by dressing different, I can look slimmer. I always figured that how I looked in one outfit was how I would look in another. Thinking like that was dead wrong. I took a couple of outfits out of my closet and paired them up using some of Charla's tips. I felt more confident right away because I looked GOOD! Go get this book, you'll be glad you did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    Not Worth the Hairballs I Coughed Up on It

    I recommend Garfield. He has a better take on vanity and self-esteem.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Neat.

    Some very clever tips in here. I've gotten compliments when implementing her tips. Would definitely recommend to my more self-conscious friends.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Worth reading more than once!

    Charla Krupp's latest book of fashion advice is worth reading more than once. Although some of the information imparted is known, or was already known by this reader, it helped give me a push in the right direction. It made me acknowledge what I already knew but may not have been willing to practice. I followed some of her advice and was very happy with the results. All women need to get a bra fitting more often than we do. I was way off size! Ånd I've always hated "shapewear" but Charla gave me that extra push and I was able to find great pieces that really work. I also finally followed her advice for petites and started buying only the styles that are truly flattering, not the in style things that don't really work on my petite but slightly wide frame. Put this book together with her previous "How not to Look Old" and the over 40 set should be good to go!

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    Posted September 10, 2011

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