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In her first book, Reed-the style director for Grazia, a weekly UK fashion magazine, and a seasoned fashion journalist-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. In Style Evolution, stylist and former fashion editor Farr narrows her focus to helping women in their forties and older create lasting personal style. This follow-up to The Pocket Stylist targets specific styles and body types, relying on enduring designs, fits, and clothing lines to teach readers how to avoid trends and build wardrobes to meet the changing physical and lifestyle needs of middle age. Farr even names individual designers and stores most appropriate for women over 40. This original approach makes for an educational though text-heavy guide. Readers may be put off by this denseness and by the illustrations, which are vague and do not have the appeal of the photographs in Style Clinic. Both are recommended for larger public libraries where similar titles circulate well.
—Meagan P. Storey