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Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style, The: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own [Paperback]

Kim France
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27 Nov 2008
With a circulation of 1.1 million, Lucky magazine has taken the most dedicated shoppers by storm, offering real-world advice and first-rate finds. Now the Lucky experts show how to put it all together in an inspiring collection of ideas that go beyond the basics and yield endless innovation for year-round reinvention. Based on the techniques used by fashion designers for years, this guide features 10 versatile archetypes that can be customised to fit varying moods, personalities and body types.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS (27 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592404022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592404025
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little Boring and Unorganized 11 Sep 2010
I LOVED the first Lucky Guide so was thrilled to order the second edition. However, disappointed due to the layout of the book. It is presented into different "types" of style i.e. Bohemiiam, California Chic, by real people etc. Now I see the point but it was very boring going through the book and would have been a lot better had there been more advice rather than a layout like in a magazine spread. If I wanted to buy the Fall InStyle, then this is great. No help, tips, advice. Just pictures of clothes. BORING! (YEs I said boring three times. Save your 25 dollars.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another style icon 2 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another great book from the Lucky camp. It does exactly what it says on the tin and believe me, I'd still refer to it constantly if I hadn't gone and lost it somewhere.

Not only useful for stylish people, this book helps gals in a style rut as well as fashion students who want a quick'n'easy modern reference manual to iconic looks. Good stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars forget the other fashion guides and buy this 9 Oct 2008
By catrina c - Published on Amazon.com
I have many of the more recent fashion "how to" type books (US Secrets of Celebrity Style, The Pocket Stylist, Victoria Beckham's That Extra Half Inch, Glamour's Big Book of Do's and Don'ts, Harper's Bazaar Great Style, etc.). What makes this book different is that instead of telling you how to pick a hot designer bag (ugh) or how to dress according to your age, this book explains clothing according to overall iconic styles; ie, American Classic, Euro Chic, bohemian, etc. Each chapter has the "must have" pieces for a particular look, outfits, and people who are interviewed as being representative of that type of style. The whole look and feel of the book is so beautiful and inspiring, I could barely put it down the day after I bought it.
93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Informative 19 Oct 2008
By Sheri S. - Published on Amazon.com
(Rating: 4.5)

A veritable adult picture book for fashion lovers, "The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style" is filled with glossy colorful photos of clothing, accessories and fashion icons. Written by the notable editors of Lucky shopping magazine, this book is the highly anticipated follow up to "The Lucky Shopping Manual" which was released in 2003. The new book takes style to the next level by focusing on ten unique iconic looks and teaching readers how to achieve them. You don't have to be a trendy fashionista to appreciate this book's style advice and helpful hints. Rather, it is a guide that will help you identify which styles you like best as well as aid in achieving the appropriate balance between the different looks. Each section showcases a different `iconic look' along with essential clothing pieces and accessories, Lucky Girl profiles of women who embody the particular look and suggested stores to visit. There is also a mix and match section (modeled by Lucky magazine's staff members - `lucky' them!) that shows you how to combine the looks while remaining true to your own style. In the spirit of the Lucky magazine tradition, the book also offers exclusive discounts and giveaways for its readers in the last few pages.

My only complaint about the book is that it does not provide specific brand information for the clothes and accessories it includes, making it a challenge to find a particular item that one might want to purchase. Granted this book is a style guide and not a catalogue and thus the intentions are not necessarily to sell its contents, I would have still liked for product information to have been included nonetheless. Although I would assume that most of the designer items would be too expensive for the average consumer, myself included, I still think the inclusion of the specific labels would have been beneficial.

This book makes for a really fun addition to anyone's library, even those who consider themselves fashion-challenged (or perhaps, especially those who consider themselves fashion-challenged). It is a great resource that can be pulled out at any time and practically incorporated into one's daily style choices.

The following are the 10 iconic looks featured in the book:

1. Euro Chic (think Catherine Deneuve and silk blouses)
2. California Casual (think Farah Fawcett and denim cutoffs)
3. Rock and Roll (think Debbie Harry and leather jackets)
4. Posh Eclectic (think Helena Christensen and pink ruffled skirts)
5. Mod (think Twiggy and A-line mini dresses)
6. American Classic (think Jackie O and the little black dress)
7. Bombshell (think Marilyn Monroe and fitted pencil skirts)
8. Arty Slick (think Bjork and asymmetrical tops)
9. Bohemian (think Stevie Nicks and peasant tops)
10. Gamine (think Audrey Hepburn and trench coats)

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not my usual kind of book but this is AMAZING 10 Oct 2008
By Books McGoo - Published on Amazon.com
I don't usually read style-guides but this book is so good. It is clear, visually and textually and I actually stayed up last night thinking about what I already own that I can put together in new ways. It's a really nice, encouraging book that has the same supportive tone of the magazine and the same wealth of ideas. I love this book and am definitely giving it as gifts this X-mas.
69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor fashion guide 25 Nov 2008
By Two Cents - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone who is thinking of buying this book, would do better to purchase a copy of Lucky Magazine. In fact, you can get a yearly subscription for less than the cost of this book.

This book is basically a extended version of a Lucky mag feature. The thing I found most objectionable about this book was the fact that the "essential pieces" were very trendy. So what are we to do when bubble skirts and booties with cut-outs are no longer in style? Buy another Lucky Guide to Style of course! I was also disgusted that so many of the essential pieces for bombshell style were lingerie. As pretty as silk tap pants are, I bought this book, so that I could figure out what to put OVER my silk tap pants.

There was no real guidance in terms of creating a 'look.' The old adage about teaching a man to fish can be directly applied to this book. Lucky gave us a fish, but after reading this book, I still don't know how to bait my hook.

Nevertheless, I gave this book two stars because at least it tries to address the issue of personal style, instead of insisting that everyone should dress like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, like so many other personal style books seem to do.

If Lucky takes another crack at this concept, I think they should focus on the types of shapes and accessories (at various price points) that will create various moods. For example, they could take white shirts and show that type of white shirt a bombshell would wear vs. the white shirt that an eclectic would wear and explain why. I also think having the featured girls for each style was pretty pointless. Why do I care what some random New York shopkeeper or bag maker wears? More useful would have been features adapting each style for the office, for play, for a night out, etc.

Long story short, don't waste you're money. I plan to return this book.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Confusing than Anything Else 10 Nov 2008
By J. McGaughey - Published on Amazon.com
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The first Lucky book, their shopping manual, was very good. It was good enough that I bought this book sight unseen. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on it because this one confuses me more than it helps. The lists of "essential pieces" for each look are long and very specific. I'm left wondering if I need a two-button beige blazer to achieve a certain look. Could I get a three-button brown blazer? Or would that ruin my plan? This guide also seems geared towards the very thin and wealthy, much more so than the manual. I do not recommend this book. At the very least, look at it in a bookstore before purchasing it.
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