Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion

Hardcover | February 3, 2009

byPaula Reed

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Fashion's best-kept secrets from London's leading fashion authority

Why is it that simply getting dressed in the morning can be a bewildering experience? Last month's must-haves date you faster than a frizzy perm, and before the credit-card bill is paid, some expert is telling you your latest fashion fantasy is now "so last season." The more you buy, the less it seems you have to wear.

Knowing what works and what doesn't, how and when to shop, how best to dress your body shape, and how to work an accessory like a styling pro will propel you on your way to fashion nirvana: the effortlessly chic set. With timeless tips and practical advice, fashion editor Paula Reed proves that you don't have to have a big budget, a whole new wardrobe, or the latest fad to look great.

Transform your life with these expert lessons

  • When to spend: what is worth a budget blowout and what can be a cheap buy.
  • How to find the fabulous in every figure: dress thin, tall, and timeless . . . promise!
  • Secrets of the successful shopper: how to know if it's eek! or chic!
  • The essential proportions of the perfect pants, the jacket you'll love forever, and dresses to die for.
  • And much more—on coats, suits, shirts, shoes, bags, and essential accessories. Here you'll find everything else you need to release your individual style.

Each chapter focuses on a particular element of fashion—coats, dresses, suits, bags, jewelry—making it easy to navigate the world of fashion. From eveningwear to work wear, weekends to big nights out, from the boardroom to the home office, Reed covers it all with warmth, wit, and intelligence. With a little basic skill, deftly applied, you can have confidence in knowing that what you put on looks great and serves you well. Whatever your age, whether you have a big budget or are flat broke, Style Clinic will help make fashion work for you.

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Fashion's best-kept secrets from London's leading fashion authorityWhy is it that simply getting dressed in the morning can be a bewildering experience? Last month's must-haves date you faster than a frizzy perm, and before the credit-card bill is paid, some expert is telling you your latest fashion fantasy is now "so last season." The...

Paula Reed is the style director atGrazia, the UK's highly influential glossy fashion weekly. She is a regular onProject Catwalkin the UK and is cohost onTwiggy's Frock Exchangewith the original supermodel. She is a former columnist forInStylein the United States and has held the position of fashion or style director for several fashio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 6.5 × 0.92 inPublished:February 3, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Introduction To Style This is the first book on the subject of style I’ve ever picked up so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I found was that it has very good general (perhaps too general) guidelines and advice on how to dress well. It would be good introduction to the subject of style, an easy reading for somebody who is very new to this. For more experienced readers information in the book might look redundant of what they already know. I found it surprising that the book doesn’t cover undergarments (more specifically bras) at all, something that I would consider the foundation of any outfit and very important for an overall stylish and polished look. Chapter on body shapes does not give clear body shapes description and reduced all body types to full-figured, petite and boyish figures. While it’s entirely possible to combined suggestions for each figure type to apply to your figure, for inexperienced ready there isn’t enough information to clearly identify your own body type and thus applying provided suggestions. What I did like are the photographs. They are inspirational. They are also very useful as illustrations for what author is describing. As far as I can tell if not all then at least a majority of the items in the photographs are high-end, very pricy items. I wouldn’t be discouraged by that. Author is not mentioning any specific brands and I think it’s precisely because everything shown in the pictures are meant as examples, ideas of what one should be looking for in a sense of color, silhouette, shape, combinations. Overall it’s light reading. Book reads more like a fashion magazine article. So being new to the idea of style one would find it a bit difficult to follow advice in this book. Yet I still like it as it inspires to you look your best. There is no 3.5 star rating, so I am giving it 4. A bit later I picket up “Pocket Stylist” by Kendall Farr which I found to be not without its faults but more detailed, better organized as well as more practical then Style Clinic and thus a better choice for those looking to transform/polish their look.
Date published: 2010-07-12

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“Incorporates all the great elements of many books in this genre: bright, bold images, a fun, informative tone, and tips most women can apply to their own wardrobes. Peppered with pictures of celebrity fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker, Style Clinic is as fabulous as the personal style it promotes.”