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How to Look Good Naked: Shop for Your Shape and Look Amazing! [Hardcover]

Gok Wan
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16 April 2007

TV's new fashion guru Gok Wan, presenter of Channel 4's ‘How to Look Good Naked’, shows women of all shapes and sizes how to look great with their clothes on and off! His first book is packed with expert health, beauty and styling advice to make you look and feel fabulous without cosmetic surgery or drastic dieting.

Women are constantly bombarded by images of the 'perfect shape' and targeted by companies selling low-fat products. And a recent survey reveals that 98% of British women are unhappy with their bodies.

Gok Wan, the loveable stylist from Channel 4's 'How to Look Good Naked', wants to change all that. His mission is to boost women's confidence and help you to love what you've got without resorting to drastic dieting or cosmetic surgery.

In 'How to Look Good Naked', Gok draws on his experience of styling models and celebrities to help ordinary women make the most of their bodies – to flatter your best bits and minimise the parts of your body you hate.

'How to Look Good Naked' contains all the tricks of the fashion trade and loads of insider beauty tips to help you feel a million dollars, whatever size or shape you are. With tips on how to choose the right pair of jeans, which underwear will make you slim and super-sexy, how to choose the right accessories to slim you down, plus treatments, exercise advice and more.

Gok says: 'I can slim you down by changing your clothes!' After reading 'How to Look Good Naked', you'll feel like a new woman.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007250355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007250356
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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‘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

‘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

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

From the Author

Take a look at what you're wearing right now, and if your outfit doesn't
say, " I'm the most gorgeous creature who ever lived", keep reading.
The way you dress tells the whole world how you feel about your body. And
what you wear influences how good you feel about yourself. It's that
feeling you get when you put on your favourite pair of jeans - you just
know that cute ass of yours will turn heads.
this is the effect that everything in your wardrobe should have. You
deserve to feel fabulous all day, every day. And this, my sweet, is how I'm
going to help you.
Gok Wan

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
The best thing about this book is its overall message: you do not necessarily have to loose weight or be rich to look your very best on a day-to-day basis! Gok's approach is 'drink more water, eat more fruit&veg and take good care of yourself'- no diet fads or expensive plastic surgery (see '10 years younger'!) needed. The book focuses on different types of body shape (big bottom, big belly, no curves, too skinny etc.) and provides LOTS of helpful advice as to what to wear and (probably even more important) what not. The last chapters focus on underwear and general beauty routine. All of this is very helpful and the writing style is very similar to the tv show, very positive and encouraging, all about flaunting your best bits and keeping quiet about the rest. I can honestly say that I have never read such a positive book about this subject: Gok does not preach or patronize, but seems to really want to bring the best out in everybody.

The only shortcoming is a lack of photographs. It would have been nice to have more pictures accompanying the advice given in the text. But apart from that: absolutely recommendable!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great on TV but the book? 1 Sep 2008
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Feel Fab at 50

As an Image professional I have always loved Gok since he jumped on to our TV screens a couple of years ago. He epitomises what we, as professionals, should be doing with our clients. I have continued to love his approach ever since. While the text in his book was sensible and uplifting, strangely enough, I found the choice of clothing incomprehensible for the most part. Instead of flattering his models, who are all gorgeous (and mostly voluptuous), they look uncomfortable and too tight with staining seams, incorrect fabric choices and so on. The Gok on TV would never make these fundamental errors and the upshot is that his girls look bigger than they really are. A conundrum!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful 30 Jun 2007
By Reeta
Five stars because although the book is not perfect I applaud the kindness of the author. An interesting aspect is that Wan himself tells us that he was overweight. Quite obviously he is not now - yet this is emphatically not a diet book. What seems to have happened is that the author styled himself to feel better about himself and the weightloss followed in due course when he was happier about himself. This book is so brilliant because it starts with what's right about you rather than with what is wrong, working with your self-consciousness rather than totally disregarding it. All teenage girls should be given this book and the author should be given a knighthood. Read in conjunction with watching the TV show.

My only criticisms: perhaps the style is a little cloying; but I'll live with that since I know he is trying to put the reader at their ease. Also sometimes it's hard to know exactly what shape you are: e.g. am I a pear shape, a bird with a big bum or petite? Maybe some comparative measurements would be useful. Worst thing would be to accidentally go for the wrong shape. Really I'm a combination of all three so how to work with that? There is some limited advice but more would be good.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i luv Gok! 27 April 2007
By Scottish Footie VINE VOICE
***** I love this book! Gok is so lovely on the show. I wish there were more people on TV telling women they can look great even if they don't look like scrawny supermodels... I'm definitely a `bellisimo babe' (that means having a big belly, to you and me)!!! it was so helpful to be told what clothes I should buy and what I should avoid. a bit like going on a shopping trip with Gok himself!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complements the TV show 18 May 2007
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The pictures in this book are lovely and the tips are really helpful. Other style books don't have as many female body shapes to talk about. There are women who fall between two shapes and like similar books, Gok does not discuss them. Nevertheless having watched him on telly and knowing his style, this is a great book to own and refer to over and over agin.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but not enough pictures 1 Jun 2007
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I love his programme and couldn't wait for the book but I was disappointed that there weren't more pictures to show you what clothes to wear rather than just describing them however it was still nice to read as Gok is so passionate.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I am not usually a fan of fashion and stylist programmes, but I tuned into Gok's every week. It hit just the right tone, about celebrating what real women look like and making the best of what you already had rather than needing to change.
This book has the same loveable and helpful tone as the show, and offers a supportive mantra to learn to love what you have and make the best of it. The only real confusing element is if you're not sure which of the body types describes you best, eg if you're top heavy but also uncomfortable about your belly.
Gok is offering a valuable service to all women uncomfortable with their shapes and this book offers helpful advice, aswell as feeling like a confidante to remind you that yes, you are beautiful. Of course, I'm biased because I met Gok at his book signing and am absolutely in love with the man, but I really do recommend this book as an encouragement to all women who want to learn how to be comfortable in their own skin just the way it is.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 29 April 2007
Gok's narrative is positive & uplifting, which instantly makes you feel better about your body. An informative read with good visuals, although I would have liked a bit more detailed information on what clothes to buy. Better than most syle books!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gok book
very interesting book with lots of helpful hints and tips - Shame the models used weren't more like your everyday women .
Published 10 months ago by MRS DIANE WARD
2.0 out of 5 stars bit old now
telling petite women not to wear knee high boots is an example of how dated this advice is.....mmmmm not good gok!
Published 10 months ago by N. Prabhu
5.0 out of 5 stars Gok Wan
Well we all love Gok Wan and how he dresses women to look their best.
I bought this book because of the series I was following. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss J P Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read
Another great read for my wife, it has some really good ideas and fashion tips which has helped my wife.
Published 15 months ago by michael cailceta
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge Gok Fan!!!
I am a huge Gok fan, and have bought all of his books, and watch all of his programmes. He does know how to make you look your best based on your body shape. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Gayl MacKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great body boost
I bought this book to help me with my shape after watching Gok alot on his shows.
It has given me so much confidence that I had to buy for my shape and to make the most of... Read more
Published on 21 July 2010 by Elaine Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel great just reading it
Bought the book after reading it in the library. It was so good I had to have a copy at home. Gok writes exactly the way he talks on his programmes. Read more
Published on 13 May 2010 by J. Bullivant
2.0 out of 5 stars gok I love you but I am still confused
I think Gok is amazing and love his tv programmes. I am afraid this book was very disappointing. Gok jumps into the chapters for each body type he has identified without any real... Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by J. Byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars you know what you are getting!!
Very pleased with the book, but i just think you know what to expect from a Gok Book. If you watch his programmes on tv then he delivers the same for his book. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the TV show
Like the TV show absolutely inspirational for the fuller figured woman. He is such a charming prince.
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Vicki Clarke
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