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.