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Gok Wan
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Book Description

1 Oct 2008

Sartorial superstar Gok Wan from TV's How to Look Good Naked is every girl's favourite style guru and confidence booster. His fantastic new guide has all the advice and inspiration you’ll ever need to look and feel totally fabulous, whatever the occasion.

Packed with Gok's advice on how to look good at a party, wedding or on the beach, How to Dress is like having your very own personal styling session with Gok.

Loved for recognising that women are beautiful whatever their shape or size, Gok Wan understands how women can work their assets and minimise the part of their bodies they dislike to maximum effect. Every woman deserves a Fairy Gok Mother to help them look their most gorgeous. His new book is packed with fashion tips to help you stay on the style highway and not stumble off into fashion faux pas territory.

Choosing the right outfit for a wedding or looking your best on the beach or at work can be stressful and in How to Dress Gok simply unravels the rules of style so every woman can look their best all the time.

How to Dress shows you how to look great throughout the year, whatever your lifestyle and regardless of what life throws at you.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280339
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Fashion stylist Gok Wan has been in the industry for the best part of a decade. The 32-year-old combines a passion and flair for fashion with his early drama school foundations.
Gok studied at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, but his love of fashion and beauty led him to follow a career firstly in hair and make-up and then in fashion styling.
Gok has styled celebrities Bryan Ferry, Blondie, All Saints and Erasure and has worked for some of the world's leading photographers, including Arthur Elgort, Terry O'Neill and John Swannell.
He now styles the nation with the prime-time Channel 4 fashion series How to Look Good Naked, Gok's Fashion Fix and Miss Naked Beauty and he is the author of the bestselling books, How to Look Good Naked, How to Dress and Work Your Wardrobe.

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Praise for How to Dress

‘So-called "style guides" are ten-a-penny right now, but this, like a diamond in a sea of diamante, is the real deal. *****’ Heat magazine

‘Gok is the undisputed king of TV style’ Heat magazine

‘When it comes to making women feel good about themselves, Gok Wan is a genius.’ Closer magazine

Praise for Gok Wan and ‘How to Look Good Naked’

‘Gok Wan should be made available to all women on the NHS.’ Heat magazine

‘Where better to find top tips and super-slimming advice than Gok Wan’s guide? We love it!’ Love It! Magazine

‘Gok Wan… the saviour of modern womanhood’ The Times

‘For anyone who’s going through a style crisis, or just really wants a new look, it’s the perfect place to start.’ **** Heat magazine

‘Three months on, and I’ve never felt more confident. Working with Gok changed my life.’ Susan Sharpe on ‘How to Look Good Naked’, best magazine

‘A welcome antidote to those myths of perfection, this new series aims to debunk the fashion, beauty and advertising industries’ lies’ best magazine

'An inspiring gift' Woman & Home

‘What marks Gok Wan out from the rest of the makeover mafia is that he genuinely seems to care about his case studies…Every home should have a Wan.’ Metro

“‘How To Look Naked’ is actually sweet, caring and sympathetic telly. Gok seems to care about the women he spends time with… He’s all hugs and encouragement, gently prodding his subjects into seeing themselves as others see them.” London Lite


`Gok Wan should be made available to all women on the NHS.'

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible 4 Mar 2009
Gok is great and i love his attitude on tv to make people feel good about themselves but this book feels like a cash in on fame, it is interesting to a degree but it is all pictures and hardly any writing. It feels Goks imput was small and it will date easily. It is a real shame and i hoped for more from Gok. He could do a wonderful fashion and style book if he really was determined. I like him a lot.
A relative has now got my book and likes it a lot more than me though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OH DEAR 29 Jan 2009
This book is a disappointment. I was expecting a step by step guide but got a picture book. No real tips here. Loved the series hate the book. Sorry Gok
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 27 Dec 2008
This book was given to me as a gift - seeing as i occasionally watch the show i thought the book might be right up my street. It wasn't. Not one line doesn't address the reader as 'gorgeous girl' or 'sexy lady.' If people need to be spoken like that CONTINUALLY they need therapy not a style guide and it just comes across as patronising embellishment. To be honest, the things he mentions about style seem pretty self explanatory - certainly nothing ground breaking. However seeing as im only in my late teens, i get the impression that the book might be aimed at older women, eeing as it does have a section for mothers. Certainly not for younger women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little on the Wan side 28 Nov 2008
I bought this book in the hope it would breathe new life into my wardrobe and give me some recession-busting ideas centred around clothes I already have instead of buying new pieces. However despite its pretty packaging and lovely layout, the glossy pages unfortunately fail to deliver any particularly useful advice and the inspiration I was looking for never really materialised. I found most of the book consisted of either basic fashion advice I didn't really need, wacky combinations I wouldn't be seen dead in (and in case you are wondering, I am in my twenties and a size 10), and things that are not applicable to me right now (eg the section on how to dress during pregnancy).

Although I picked out one or two tips, I didn't feel that the book was worth the money. Most of the fashion advice it contains you would probably have picked up already from reading a few fashion magazines. Also, the book appears to have been released in time for Christmas but with this in mind, perhaps the publishers should have given more thought to its title - I don't think many people would be too impressed to unwrap a book entitled 'How To Dress'....
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gok seems to have lost the plot 4 Dec 2008
I have loved Gok's shows, and bought his previous books, and been a big fan; he treats women like individuals, he helps their confidence, and his gentle reassuring style is really helpful. So why oh why did he write this condescending childish book? It seems to be aimed at a very specific early twenties funky social butterfly, which is a very small market that I am not a member of. To say I am disappointed would be a major understatement. I know we all run out of ideas, but the trick is to quit while you are ahead and leave your audience wanting more, which sadly has escaped Gok. Sorry Gok, but my tip is to bypass this book, and keep the love.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gok Wan How to Dress 9 Jan 2009
A christmas gift from a friend who knows I love Gok's TV programme. What a load of cod's wallop! I'm 40+, 5 5, dress to suit my size 14 hour glass figure. These styles were mostly mid thigh teen mag lookalikes with some very boring safe classics. And what's the point of using 4 gorgeous long-legged lovelies as models - let's face it, black bin liners would look good on those pretty things. I'll go back to my good old Trinny & Sue bible - they may be infinitely less likeable in the flesh, but their book's a heck of a lot more useful and waay less irritating. Sorry Gok babe, I hope it made you lots of dosh but it's tripe!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I think this is very practical. Split into sections for each occasion and several different styles to suit all body shapes. Ok maybe for the older lady it might seem a bit young but if you read it and look at all the styles you will see that it is moving on from his first book. We know our body shape and what suits it, so let's dress it for each occasion, also he gives advice on how to update clothes you already have! 10 out of 10. Gok rocks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 15 Mar 2009
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I bought this book because I was really hoping to learn more about how I can improve my style. I was so disappointed because it seems to be aimed at the under 30s and this wasn't made at all clear.

It features young, beautiful models with great figures who are bound to look good in anything.

It doesn't address different body shapes, esp those with difficult shapes (I am an "apple" shape so have real problems) and it doesn't deal with the more mature of us - 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.

All in all I am very disappointed with this purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the clothes books I bought
I bought quite a few clothing books at the same time. I found this to be the best out of them. Will dip into it again.
Published 7 months ago by sandra collins
Published 9 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Who does not love Gok?
Love him, love the book, what more can I say.? Gok and the book are great,love to meet him someday.
Published 17 months ago by Caz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good place to begin
This is an easy and quick read. Good for picking up style tips real fast and helps to upgrade your wardrobe. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Muzisa
5.0 out of 5 stars more Gok please
great help with your newfound self and that old wardrobe full of clothes you thought were right for you Gok shows you how wrong we can be and helps put things right . Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Sandra L. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book with helpful tips
When reading this book, I could literally hear Gok speaking in his very recognizable manner. Beautiful book, lovely pictures and great tips. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by KL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!!!!
I got this book a few weeks ago and it is very good!! It is split into reasonably sized sections for different types of occasions including going out, work, underwear and a few... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars How to look good
I brought this book along with how to look good naked because I love watching ok and how he transforms women and helps them to make the best of themselves whatever their body... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by Mrs. Fl Duncombe
5.0 out of 5 stars How to dress
How to Dress: Your Complete Style Guide for Every Occasion
This is a great book! I bought this after watching the programs and found it a very helpful reminder of how to put... Read more
Published on 6 July 2009 by Mrs. Janet M. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It was ok, some good tips. However, I expected a little bit more. The TV shows are so much more entertaining. I guess, it is not that easy to get the same effect with a book.
Published on 2 July 2009 by Kristine Krumina
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