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'I've always been a girls' girl. And I know from experience that making the very best of yourself is something any woman can do. I was never the six-foot-tall pin-up. I've always been the girl-next-door who got lucky. I've come a long way in the last ten years, but this book isn't my attempt to tell you what or what not to do. It's just to share some of what I've learned.'

In That Extra Half an Inch, a tongue-in-cheek reference to her love of high heels, Beckham shares her tips ...

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Overview

'I've always been a girls' girl. And I know from experience that making the very best of yourself is something any woman can do. I was never the six-foot-tall pin-up. I've always been the girl-next-door who got lucky. I've come a long way in the last ten years, but this book isn't my attempt to tell you what or what not to do. It's just to share some of what I've learned.'

In That Extra Half an Inch, a tongue-in-cheek reference to her love of high heels, Beckham shares her tips for finding your own style including:

  • Learning how to dress for special occasions
  • Shopping for everyday wear and where to look for it
  • Accessories: defining the looks that work best for you
  • Helpful hints for the holidays
  • Making the most of your wardrobe
  • How to feel confident and look great every time you leave the house

That Extra Half an Inch is a beautiful, nothing-but-the truth, easy-to-use book on fashion, beauty and style. Victoria shares her personal style secrets so whether you're getting ready for work, a night out on the town or even doing the school run, you too can feel confident and look great every time you step out of the front door.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061544491
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 283,308
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Beckham was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After five years in Spain, where her husband David played soccer for Real Madrid, the Beckhams moved to California where he plays for LA Galaxy. Victoria is also the author of an international bestselling autobiography, Learning to Fly; and is the subject of her own NBC special about her transition to America. Victoria and the Spice Girls will embark on a worldwide reunion tour later this year.

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That Extra Half an Inch

Hair, Heels and Everything in Between
By Victoria Beckham

HarperEntertainment

Copyright © 2007 Victoria Beckham
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-06-154449-1


Chapter One

Jeans & Trousers

Jeans are the obvious place to start. They have become not just the backbone but spinal cord, ribcage and, for some of us, the whole skeleton of a woman's wardrobe.

So it's a real jolt to think that this has really only become the case in the past decade or so. Remember how bad they used to be in the 80s and 90s? Unflattering, and almost always with that hideous tapered cut that makes everyone look like they have drumsticks for legs. Definitely the less-cool element of 80s fashion.

But, in the past decade, jeans have become hugely important in women's wardrobes and it's hard to think back to how we coped without them. I mean, what would we wear when going straight from work to a cool bar in the evening? Or when playing with the kids in the park without having to worry about looking frumpy or getting our clothes dirty but still wanting to look half-good? I honestly can't remember. No other piece of clothing can be worn in so many different situations and always look good.

More than any other piece of clothing, jeans can show off your figure to its best.

Jeans have always had a chequered history in the cool stakes. When they were invented, they were just there to provide sturdy clothes for hard-working cowboys out on the plains. It was really in the 50s that they became cool-when James Dean hooked his finger through his denim belt loop, instantly making them the symbol for sexy teenage rebellion-and original Levi's Red Tab are now real collectors' items. Nowadays they are made to complement a woman's figure and it's hard to imagine they'll ever fall out of fashion's favour again.

And even though I love getting dressed up, everyday clothes do have to be practical. I pretty much live in jeans and T-shirts-jeans are flattering but easy to just throw in the washing machine, and T-shirts, as every mum knows, are great for mopping your children's noses.

Best of all, there is no age limit on jeans. A sixty-five-year-old granny could wear jeans and she'd look good, as long as it was a pair that suited her shape. That is something to bear in mind: we all change shape as we get older and so you'll almost certainly need to change the style of jeans you wear every few years instead of automatically still buying the same sort you were wearing when you were twenty-one. That's not depressing, it's just doing something that will make you look better.

It is only through years of wearing jeans that I discovered what really works for me. It was through this experience that I decided to design my very own collection of denim under my own label, dVb. The range itself offers different styles, cuts, fits and colours to suit the varying demands of the discerning denim-lover. Whether you love straight legs, boot-cuts, drainpipes or even shorts, there is definitely something to suit most shapes and sizes. I wanted to create a collection of denim that essentially combined both style and comfort whilst looking desirably gorgeous and glamorous. It gave me the competitive edge to produce something equally good as the other top designer denim brands but with my very own signature style and I must admit I'm really pleased with the whole range.

Just because jeans have improved in style and quality in recent years doesn't mean that they are fail-safe. To be honest, it's actually become trickier because there are so many possible jeans styles around, and magazines that tell you everybody should wear this style or that style, when the truth is-obviously-no one style is going to suit everyone. More than any other piece of clothing, jeans can show off your figure to its best, but if you get the wrong cut or style they will do you absolutely no favours at all.

If you have the time and money, it's worth buying your jeans from a specific denim store or a knowledgeable boutique. Matches, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges all have excellent denim collections. One way of telling whether a jeans shop is any good is by the mirrors in the changing rooms: any denim shop with a bit of nous will have multi-way mirrors so you can see every possible view of yourself, particularly your bottom. Actually, all changing rooms should have these but getting the full perspective is especially important when it comes to denim.

I wanted to create a collection of denim that essentially combined both style and comfort whilst looking desirably gorgeous and glamorous.

Jeans

Although it is definitely a good investment to buy a pair of well-cut jeans, it's surprising how few there are out there. I will not spend my money on something that doesn't make me look good, and nor should you.

Check the waistband

A common problem is that if the jeans are tight enough around the leg then they're too tight at the waist. And speaking of the waist, the waistband shouldn't be too thick and heavy because it will dig painfully into your hips and that gives everyone the hated muffin-top look. Check that the waistband doesn't do that annoying gaping thing at the back, either, as you'll end up with a weird wind-tunnel effect. Look for jeans that are cut higher at the back so not only do they not gape but also they don't give you builder's bottom every time you sit down.

Look for jeans that are cut higher at the back so not only do they not gape but also they don't give you builder's bottom every time you sit down.

Please-no bagging

Jeans that bag around the knees or bottom are another fashion disaster and it's amazing how many designers don't pay attention to this, considering a major point of jeans is to make those parts of your ...

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Excerpted from That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham Copyright © 2007 by Victoria Beckham. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Interviews & Essays

A Letter to America from the Author

Essentially I'm a British Girl with British style but I've fallen in love with the whole American shopping experience. I'm still discovering new places, but here are a few of my favorite U.S. haunts. Whenever I'm in New York I love to hit the department stores. Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue are my favorites and I love browsing around Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue too. For an "out there" outfit Patricia Field's shop is great. On a sunny day I like to stroll along Madison Avenue from 61st street to 77th, where you can find some wonderful shops: Hermès, J. Mendel, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, La Perla, Gucci, Prada, Miu Miu, Chloé, and Ralph Lauren.

New York is just so vibrant and diverse and I enjoy visiting gorgeous boutiques like Jeffrey in the meatpacking district, and in SoHo I like If and Marc Jacobs, and don't forget the Marc Jacobs Accessories store over on the West Side. I always stop there to pick up presents for friends at home. For some of the best vintage finds in the world, I head to What Comes Around Goes Around, Resurrection, and Joe Sundlie's Vintedge; while Keni Valenti is my favorite for fabulous vintage couture.

When in L.A. I feel instantly at home on Wilshire Boulevard, just down the road from Rodeo Drive, where I can pop into Barneys, Saks and Neiman Marcus within a stones throw of each other. L.A. is a great place for interesting boutiques such as Fred Segal for the latest buys and the most fabulous jeans store. Also fantastic are H. Lorenzo and the very chic Maxfield on Melrose. There are plenty of other cool stores like Kitson on South Robertson and Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters are also great. Of course L.A. is home to American Apparel where I like to pick up their famous vests and T's. A walk on Melrose Avenue is perfect for finding good vintage with a nod to rock 'n' roll. For my vintage fashion fix I make a ritual visit to Decades. I could spend days just wandering through their rails of vintage couture frocks and evening dresses. Other good places for vintage include The Way We Wore and Catwalk.

Of course one must not forget other U.S. favorites like Abercrombie & Fitch, J. Crew, Club Monaco, and Banana Republic -- they are excellent places to pick up everyday essentials like great shirts, day dresses, jeans and T-shirts. I must admit I'm really spoiled for choice and I'm so impressed by the stores here in the U.S. -- you really have so much to offer, no wonder so many Brits come out here to shop!

The retailers here in the U.S. have also been fantastically supportive of my new dVb range of sunglasses and denim, particularly Saks, H. Lorenzo, Kitson, Henri Bendel, and Fred Segal.

I hope you enjoy this book and will be inspired to go out and make the most of what the fabulous stores here have to offer. --Victoria Beckham
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    A must have for anyone interested in fashion

    Victoria Beckham is famous for her style so I'm glad she wrote a book about it. She covers everything from shirts to pants to skirts to shoes to underwear to accessories, it's practically the bible. You'll know how clothes should fit, how to find quality, and simple style do's and don'ts.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    The Ultimate Fashion Bible

    I LOVE Victoria Beckham and consider her one of my fashion icons that I was so excited to see that she put together this book of her style tips. She covers everything- the way jeans should fit and look to tops, shoes, accessories, beauty products and more!! She gives style do's and style no-no's as well as suggestions on where to shop for these items. Being a fan, I loved the pictures of her throughout the book and reading about some of her own fashion stories. Victoria encourages women to take an idea for an outfit and put their own spin on it and wear what makes you feel good and confident about yourself!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    I just couldn't relate...

    I was expecting a book with some great ideas to teach women how to look good, but it seemed as if Ms. Beckham was just writing about what works for her and that's it. I couldn't relate to a lot of it, especially since a lot of the non-high-end places she mentioned are not here in New York, and I can't afford to go to London. I will say that this was very fast reading and that she comes across as a very down-to-earth, friendly type.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    THE FASHION BIBLE

    5 stars!!!!n this is the ultimate fashion bible and you are alll jealous of her!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    My guide for 2008!!

    I LOVE this book... I haven't finished it yet but so far it's great! Victoria is gorgeous and her style is divine!! She is my icon and I'm glad she wrote this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    I love Victoria Beckham!

    This is such a lovely book; it's a must for anyone interested in fashion :)

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