The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece

The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece

by Andrea Linett, Kim France

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ISBN-13: 9781592400362
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/10/2003
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 684,300
Product dimensions: 6.51(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Creative Director Andrea Linett served in the fashion departments of Sassy and Harper's Bazaar before joining Lucky as fashion director in 2000. Melcher Media is an award-winning book producer based in New York City.

Lucky Editor-in-Chief Kim France has had an extensive career in publishing, which has includedpositions at New York magazine, Spin, and Sassy. Her articles have appeared in many other national magazines.

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The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 5 months ago
At first I was quite enthuastic about this book, and it does have some very good points about creating a useful wardrobe, and the authors do point out in their introduction that you should take what they say with a pinch of salt and use your own discression, but it lost me with the shoes. All the shoes are quite fancy and really nothing I'd wear on a regular basis. While they did suggest snuggly coats they didn't mention that a pair of waterproof hiking/walking boots are an essential for winter.It's the kind of book that I'd hand to a friend who was thinking about a wardrobe clean out or a young woman starting out but the styles and ideas are American biased, which doesn't always work as well in Ireland or England, where the office culture is subitly different. Useful as a start but not quite enough as a comprehensive guide.
citygirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you're like me and don't want to leaf through fashion magazines every month but you want to look like you know what you're doing, fashionwise, then check this one out. It tells you exactly what you need to build a wardrobe, what details to consider when shopping (e.g., when trying on pants, sit down and look at them that way; where on your body a t-shirt ends; what accessories will make an an otherwise chic outfit too prissy or too slutty), what underwear to wear with what pieces, and has lots and lots of pictures. The clothes and styles featured are not so trendy that this book won't be useful for the next five years. I used to hate to shop. I still do, but at least now I know what I'm doing and can avoid feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.
sjclance on LibraryThing 5 months ago
For the first time, it all makes sense. The tips they give you will last for years because the way that clothes are supposed to be put together, which they demonstrate very well, will never go out of style.
qwiksilver on LibraryThing 5 months ago
My closet thanks Kim France and Andrea Linett. The guidelines given for every aspect of personal style are realistic and easy.
Melsy4473 More than 1 year ago
I was normally the jeans and t-shirt wearing girl until about 2 years ago I graduated High school, I realized that Jeans aren't going to be suitable for work and I shouldn't keep making them my go to idem. This book really helped me to build a better understanding of what I should own and how I can make flattering outfits out of these cloths I plan on buying the other Lucky book in the hopes that it will help me go even farther.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only do I now know what to look for the next time I go shopping, but I have a better understanding of how to use what I already own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. I feel armed with useful information for my next shopping spree. I look forward to looking fabulous every day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It gave me an idea on what I was doing wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a woman who is moving from a uniformed work environment to one with more dressing options, I have found this book helpful in creating a wardrobe from scratch. The only thing that I saw lacking was a absence of accessory advice beyond bags and shoes. I need more guidance when it comes to belts, scarves and key jewelry pieces as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much and refer to it constantly. I had to buy another because the first copy finally wore out. It's great to browse before you go shopping or feel like you have nothing to wear. I HIGHLY reccomend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I refer to it constantly, like using any reference book. It covers so many looks and easy to find pieces for basics and extras.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has great information about what clothes are out there, how to put them together, getting the most versatility out of your wardrobe, and where to splurge. That said, it is NOT (nor does it claim to be) a resource on how to best dress a specific body type. Rather, it is a survey of possibilities. I think that if you start with something like 'What Not to Wear,' this book can give you a lot of inspiration. I think it would be especially helpful for inspiration if you don't live in a major city.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great photos, plenty of ideas for putting pieces together. I have read a lot of these types of books and this is my favorite. Only problem: Doesnt go into body shapes and what you can do if you dont have the ideal shape. Also most of the clothes are geared to women in their 20's. Still, a great buy, usually I buy and resell on Ebay, but this one is a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very helpful in helping me figure out what looks good on me and what doesn't. I have several items in my wardrobe that never quite looked right and I didn't know why. This book helped me figure out where I was going wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been the biggest help ever! I am such a fashion fanatic and love anything to do with clothing. Anytime I need to match something or put an outfit together for an event, I go back to the book and find an awesome idea. It's a great book because, unlike the monthy magazine, it doesn't give specific designers, it just offers up types of clothing. If you read the magazine each month, you'll know exactly where to find the amazing things that are shown in the book. Each page is filled with helpful hints and information about how to buy clothing that fits your body-type and what to match with what. My favorite parts of the book are the three-day packing guides which tell what to pack for a weekend getaway, and the 'top 20 list of pieces you should invest in.' There's even a closet clean-out guide to help you get rid of what you don't wear and make room for new additons. This book is worth every penny and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offered great advice for shopping and building up a wardrobe with simple things. They show you one article of clothing, such as a white t-shirt, and give you different ways to wear it for different looks. I love this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a help when you're trying to build a wardrobe, and it provides good tips on what types of clothes flatters what types of bodies. For example, it will recommend a certain type of jeans if you've got big hips. But one problem is that it doesn't give any suggestions on where to shop for such clothes. Also, it neglects the fact that many people are thin overall. In other words, it doesn't take all body types into account. Granted, that would make the book a whole lot more complex, but it would also make it more useful. However, the book gives some good 'fit' guidelines, like the length of pants and the 'fit' of the seat. The pictures of actual clothes are great, but if they'd shown them placed on actual people, it'd have been better. For example, if they showed a large-busted woman and then showed her in the suggested types of clothes, it'd give people a better idea of the fit/look they should be shooting for. Overall, a neat book, with lots of ideas, but I think it will leave some people with more questions than answers.