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Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well [Paperback]

Sally McGraw

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12 Jun 2012
Structured as a fun and accessible self-guided makeover, Already Pretty is the antidote to cookie-cutter style guides. Instead of dumping you into a body type category and restricting what you can and cannot wear, this friendly, funny, body-positive book presents a highly customizable regimen to help you define and hone your own personal style. Packed with enlightening exercises, mix-and-match figure flattery techniques, and effective tutorials, Already Pretty illustrates how personal style can foster self-love and self-respect. After determining your current personal style and evaluating pieces from your existing wardrobe, you’re taught to define your ideal style – a process that includes identifying personalized figure flattery priorities. These priorities are tailored to your preferences and your unique body, and may be quite different from the style mandates parroted by fashion industry insiders. Working through this process moves you closer to your fashion aspirations, ultimately allowing you to merge your current and ideal styles through careful culling of your current wardrobe and targeted shopping for new, key pieces. Already Pretty reveals the fundamentals of fashion and figure flattery, but also encourages you to create a style that is both expressive and unique. This book is judgment-free and reader-centric in every way. A true guidebook to crafting personal style, Already Pretty teaches women to love their bodies, dress impeccably, and embrace the philosophy that dressing well is key to living well.

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Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, blogger, teacher, and communications professional. She earned a creative writing degree from Binghamton University in 1998 and, after graduation, worked in the book and magazine publishing industry for ten years. She has contributed writing to local newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout her entire professional life. In addition to writing her popular daily style and body image blog Already Pretty, she has contributed to The Frisky, typeF, and Glamour and is an ongoing features contributor to the Minneapolis StarTribune. She offers personal shopping and style consultation services, both in person for clients living in the Twin Cities and via e-mail for clients worldwide. She is one-third of Strong, Sexy, & Stylish, a collective of experts working to teach women to love themselves. Visit www.alreadypretty.com for more information about Sally, to participate in online forums related to this book, and to purchase a companion PDF.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor before buying this book 28 Mar 2014
By Rose35 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Go to her website, alreadypretty.com, and search her "dressed for" posts. Scroll through and ask yourself, do I want this person dressing me? I certainly wish I had done the same.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad it's not just me 30 Mar 2014
By SusieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first looked at this woman's pics on her blog, I questioned my own taste and style because, quite frankly, her outfits are either frumpy or just plain weird. I know a lot of stylish women who can thrift successfully but her choices just look dated and I'll-fitting.

As far as body image, rather than helping to create acceptance, I see a whole lot of made up body issues and silly wardrobe challenges that few women actually have.

This is probably the least helpful style guide I've ever read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars contained everything my mother taught me 16 Mar 2013
By Laura K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess I must have thought there was some secret in here about creating style but it's very basic information about what looks good on you if you have narrow shoulders vs. broad shoulders, thick waist vs. thin waist, etc. I can't imagine going through all the exercises in this book and getting any new information about which things look good on me and which things don't. Maybe I pay more attention to this or I was taught well growing up but really, how can a grown woman NOT know these things about her body. I read this in maybe an hour and was very disappointed. It's for women who really have no clue at all about dressing themselves. Watch "What Not to Wear" and you'll get much more from that than you will from this. Too bad because it's a good idea.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 13 Oct 2012
By JaneB - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the book okay, but not outstanding and for that i was a bit disappointed. I would have liked the layout to be better, i.e more structured as the format read rather scattered.

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost pretty 1 April 2014
By C. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I only read the sample on my Kindle, but couldn't delete if off my reader fast enough! The writer's blog is nothing but questionable outfits (like she seems to have a thing for 90s cast-offs) and wordy armchair psychobabble. On her blog she comes off as smug and overly critical. There are books that do a much better job of giving advice on personal style.
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