The Truth about Style

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.

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For style consultant London, best known for hosting TLC's What Not To Wear, understanding how a person wants to dress means knowing who that person wants to be. She believes in using clothes as a transformative tool, and here she focuses on what women can wear to feel confident. London dispenses advice for nine women of diverse ages and body types in what she calls "start-overs" rather than "makeovers." One of the women faced a mastectomy and needed clothes for her new body; another began dating again after a divorce. All have struggled to find clothing that fit their lives and bodies. Sharing her own past problems with severe psoriasis and fluctuating weight in a frank but friendly voice, London says, "Accept the unvarnished truth and build your style strategy from there." The book details her before-and-after style interventions and affirmations with TV-worthy aphorisms. VERDICT Both a revealing memoir and a guide to dressing for emotional wellbeing, this book emphasizes real-world style over fashion. [See Prepub Alert, 4/16/12.]—Lindsay M. King, Yale Univ. Lib.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670026234
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 503,926
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy London

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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Table of Contents

What this Book is not 1

Learning to Shed my Skin 13

Ashley 25

Ty 45

Janis 63

Sarah C. 81

Tania 99

June 121

Sarah M. 137

Tracy 157

Annie 177

Getting Comfy in my Skin 199

Shopping Guide 202

Gratitude 211

Photo Credits 213

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    I highly recommend The Truth About Style by Stacy London. The c


    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Different from every other style book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Stacy London

    Great shoes to try on, buy with Dr. Schulls for your high-hills.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    Stacy is honest and so loving with the best sense of humor-reall

    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!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    This is a WONDERFUL book!!!!

    This is a WONDERFUL book!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Loved this book!

    Loved this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Disappointed

    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

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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