The Book of Styling: An Insider's Guide to Creating Your Own Look

The Book of Styling: An Insider's Guide to Creating Your Own Look

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by Somer Flaherty
     
 

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This guide explains the what’s, why’s, and how’s of styling; so whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or curate your closet, this book has the answer. Accomplished stylist Somer Flaherty helps readers figure out what their look is (or ought to be), and how to tailor that look to their own particular body type. Also, for all of the

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This guide explains the what’s, why’s, and how’s of styling; so whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or curate your closet, this book has the answer. Accomplished stylist Somer Flaherty helps readers figure out what their look is (or ought to be), and how to tailor that look to their own particular body type. Also, for all of the future Rachel Zoe’s out there, Flaherty helps readers understand the skills that are necessary to style others, and to even turn styling into a real career. Additionally, the book includes:

  • Color illustrations for all of the looks, body types, and style elements
  • Sidebars about style through the decades and fashion icons
  • Fashion activities to help readers put down the book and get to work
  • Tips for a wide array of fashion emergencies

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A matter-of-fact tone removes the mystery from style in this work that is one-part fashion manual and one-part career guide….plenty of valuable info here for budding fashionistas and stylists, going beyond the shallow glitz of fashion magazines and blogs.” — Kirkus Reviews
 
“Fashionistas and budding stylists—or those hoping to cultivate a “look”—will find all they need to know in this guide from expert Flaherty…There are many, many girls out there who are going to read this cover to cover.” — ALA Booklist
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Future stylists and fashionistas can pick up some good tips on dressing for body type, style, and shopping; however, a lot of the advice seems more appropriate for recent college graduates than for teens. Average high school students would probably not find the need for the recommended four dressy dresses, including two versions of the little black dress, three pairs of dress pants, or a tailored suit, appropriate for job interviews. Body types and the clothing that flatters each type are presented. "Case in Point" boxes explain how they work with their body type to play up their best features and encourage readers to re-create celebrity looks. Readers are counseled to stay within budget; experience the joys of thrift, consignment, and online shopping; and not to invest heavily in trendy items. The book is well organized. Flaherty encourages readers to learn from her but to find their own style. A worthy attempt to showcase models of normal body weight is negated by the use of listless illustrations of people who appear much older than the targeted audience. A final section on career options covers internships and paths to various styling careers. Although this book contains lots of good ideas and sound advice, the lack of stylish photos or models makes it suitable for serious fashion readers, not casual browsers or fans of fashion magazines. Purchase where the seriously fashion conscious gather to read and discuss.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A matter-of-fact tone removes the mystery from style in this work that is one-part fashion manual and one-part career guide. Flaherty begins by explaining what a stylist is and the tools he or she uses. She moves on to a wide range of different looks like Socialite, Tomboy and Hipster; fashion elements like color and prints; and a thorough understanding of body type. While the number of fashion personalities is impressive, not one is male, a confusing omission given that boys wear clothes, too. The section on body types is very useful with its real-world examples, Naomi Campbell representing the Inverted Triangle type. The second half is more practical, focusing on "curating" a closet, building a wardrobe, styling oneself and others, and styling as a career. Sprinkled throughout the text are activities like a fashion-movie night and organizing a clothing swap. The illustrations are attractive, yet it's too bad there isn't a greater variety of body types represented. For a guide to fashion, there's not much flair here. But there's plenty of valuable info for budding fashionistas and stylists, going beyond the shallow glitz of fashion magazines and blogs. (index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982732243
Publisher:
Zest Books
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Based in California, Somer Flaherty is a fashion stylist, journalism instructor, editor, and writer with more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry. Her work has appeared in national magazines such as Teen Vogue, luxury advertising campaigns, and in the wardrobes of private clients throughout the country.

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