The Truth About Style

The Truth About Style

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by Stacy London
     
 

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The hilarious, beloved cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their way

With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, style savant Stacy London has transformed not only the looks but also the

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The hilarious, beloved cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their way

With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, style savant Stacy London has transformed not only the looks but also the lives of hundreds of guests who have appeared on What Not to Wear. Now for the first time in print, London turns that expert X-ray insight on herself.

Like the women she’s transformed, London has plenty of emotional baggage. At eleven, she suffered from severe psoriasis that left her with permanent physical and mental scars. During college, she became anorexic on a misguided quest for perfection. By the time she joined the staff at Vogue, London’s weight had doubled from binge eating. Although self-esteem and self-consciousness nearly sabotaged a promising career, London learned the hard way that we wear our insecurities every day. It wasn’t until she found the self-confidence to develop a strong personal style that she finally became comfortable in her skin.

In The Truth About Style, London shares her own often painful history and her philosophy of the healing power of personal style—illustrating it with  a series of detailed “start-overs” with eight real women, demonstrating how personal style helps them overcome the emotional obstacles we all face. For anyone who has ever despaired of finding the right clothes, or even taking an objective assessment in a full-length mirror, The Truth About Style will be an inspiring, liberating, and often very funny guide to finding the expression of  your truest self.

Editorial Reviews

This new book by TLC What Not to Wear co-host Stacy London is about style, not fashion. Thus, The Truth about Style won't advise you about which designer bag matches which fashionista shoes, but it will help you find a way to dress that enhances and celebrates who you are. Filled with illustrated case studies, personal stories, and spirit-lifting sidebars, this attractive hardcover strips down the emotional baggage that most women carry about their bodies and their wardrobe choices, replacing that weight with start-over choices and the joy of spontaneity. London's approach is strengthened by her own candid discussion of her own problems with medical problems and eating disorders. Style that begins with an 'e' for emotion.

From the Publisher
“[London is] the Dr. Phil of fashion.”
~Women’s Wear Daily

“An honest and heartfelt look at how we dress from the inside out.”
~Flavorpill.com

Library Journal
Preteen psoriasis left London physically scarred and emotionally burdened; later, she endured bouts of anorexia and then binge eating. So the cohost of TLC's What Not To Wear understands that how we feel about ourselves affects all our choices; our worst fashion don'ts often stem from deep-down crisis. Here, she helps us see the crisis, deflect those choices, and develop a style all our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670026234
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“An honest and heartfelt look at how we dress from the inside out.” —Flavorpill.com

Meet the Author

Stacy London is the cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear and has a regular segment on NBC’s Today show called “Ask Stacy.” She’s the cofounder and stylist in chief of Style for Hire. In addition, she has appeared on numerous TV programs, including Oprah, Wendy Williams, and Access Hollywood. A contributing editor at People magazine, she previously worked at Vogue and Mademoiselle.

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The Truth about Style 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Pete_G More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend The Truth About Style by Stacy London. The co-host of TLC's popular show What Not To Wear, Stacy obviously didn't want to do a style book with merely page after page of how-tos. And yet, even though hers has been a life full of accomplishment, it wasn't time for a full-fledged memoir, either. So she wrote a hybrid in which we get the best of both worlds; she takes the interesting life experiences she has had and melds them with the best style guidance out there. Stacy picked nine women who because of different issues, body and mind, have struggled with style, and she relates their situations to what she's been through. Whether it's weight, insecurity, fearing age, living too much in the future, you name it, Stacy has dealt with it. In doing "start-overs", she helps the nine to accept themselves and shows them how style can help a woman see herself in a new way. We don't just get the how-tos here, we get the whys ... why women put obstacles in front of themselves, why they treat themselves the way they do, why they opt out. Stacy knows, girl! And she dishes out great advice, and practical solutions. Stacy could have played the celeb card and prattled on about herself. But by limiting this book to the valuable experiences she has had, which enable her to help the nine, she actually gives the reader more. What we end up with strikes the perfect balance (like a good outfit), and such respect for the reader is much appreciated. Yes, this isn't the usual style book, or the typical memoir, and ... vive la difference! For those who simply can't get enough of Stacy's brilliance on What Not To Wear, and I include myself in that group, picking up a copy of The Truth About Style was/is a must. For years, while getting off funny lines and teaching style basics, Stacy has shown an incredible empathy for many of the women being made over on the show. Fans had gleaned bits and pieces about Stacy having eating disorders in her past, and a skin condition, but we didn't know the details. Now we do, and those stories are extremely compelling (with her crisp, clear writing style and an excellent recall of details, at times you feel as if you're right there with her). The stories actually are quite heartbreaking, but the pain is thankfully eased a bit knowing that Stacy since has largely figured things out. This couldn't have been easy for her to retell, but it was so worthwhile. Stacy poured her heart and soul into this book and it shows. It's very well organized, yet there's plenty of fun, too, with her smart and hilarious observations. It is alternately inspirational, conversational, and educational. The nine are all adorable, brave (especially breast cancer survivor Janis), and receptive to Stacy's teachings. The final makeover pics are all stunning, and the whole book looks great. Women undoubtedly will see some of themselves in what one or more of the nine, or what Stacy, went through. In fact, many women who have read the book already have contacted Stacy with outpourings of thanks. Men will benefit from all of the insight, too. The Truth About Style is THAT great a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just as much a general self-help book as it is a book about personal style. Being a huge fan of Stacy from the show, and knowing a little about her personal life, I had an idea of the content--but was totally blown away anyway. She comes across as a wise and caring friend, but who is also giving it to you straight. This is really a book about female empowerment, and how to deal with life's challenges, especially those outside of our control. You might also be surprised how many struggles with weight and appearance this glamorous woman has had, and you will love her for it! She reveals her warts to help you deal with yours. Thank you Stacy. A timeless book I will re-read in every phase of my life.
til4ever More than 1 year ago
Stacy is honest and so loving with the best sense of humor-really she's the whole package. This book is so helpful to any women who has ever fought personal self sonfidence issues, (who hasn't)? I have watched every WNTW episode and love both Stacy ad Clinton. That's exactly why I noted them in my own book with gratitidue as they gave my dear Mama and I some of the best tv to watch together and fall in love with this endearing woman. I wrote to Stacy on FB-please, if you read this Stacy, look in my book, "I Love You MORE", by L.B. Cummings...LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL BOOK!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a WONDERFUL book!!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Obviously designed for coffee table book. Reading on Nook a problem. Print is too small and it's awkward to enlarge. I love Stacy and appreciate her common sense approach. Would probably enjoy hardback more, but I read too much to have storage room for "real" books.
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Loved this book!
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I usually like Stacy London but did not care for this book. I wanted more about style and less info about her. Sorry I purchased
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great shoes to try on, buy with Dr. Schulls for your high-hills.