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Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Paula Reed
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1 Feb 2009

Fashion's best-kept secrets from London's leading fashion authority

Why is it that simply getting dressed in the morning can be a bewildering experience? Last month's must-haves date you faster than a frizzy perm, and before the credit-card bill is paid, some expert is telling you your latest fashion fantasy is now "so last season." The more you buy, the less it seems you have to wear.

Knowing what works and what doesn't, how and when to shop, how best to dress your body shape, and how to work an accessory like a styling pro will propel you on your way to fashion nirvana: the effortlessly chic set. With timeless tips and practical advice, fashion editor Paula Reed proves that you don't have to have a big budget, a whole new wardrobe, or the latest fad to look great.

Transform your life with these expert lessons

  • When to spend: what is worth a budget blowout and what can be a cheap buy.
  • How to find the fabulous in every figure: dress thin, tall, and timeless . . . promise!
  • Secrets of the successful shopper: how to know if it's eek! or chic!
  • The essential proportions of the perfect pants, the jacket you'll love forever, and dresses to die for.
  • And much more—on coats, suits, shirts, shoes, bags, and essential accessories. Here you'll find everything else you need to release your individual style.

Each chapter focuses on a particular element of fashion—coats, dresses, suits, bags, jewelry—making it easy to navigate the world of fashion. From eveningwear to work wear, weekends to big nights out, from the boardroom to the home office, Reed covers it all with warmth, wit, and intelligence. With a little basic skill, deftly applied, you can have confidence in knowing that what you put on looks great and serves you well. Whatever your age, whether you have a big budget or are flat broke, Style Clinic will help make fashion work for you.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; illustrated edition edition (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060793546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060793548
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Incorporates all the great elements of many books in this genre: bright, bold images, a fun, informative tone, and tips most women can apply to their own wardrobes. Peppered with pictures of celebrity fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker, Style Clinic is as fabulous as the personal style it promotes.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Paula Reed is the style director at Grazia, the UK's highly influential glossy fashion weekly. She is a regular on Project Catwalk in the UK and is cohost on Twiggy's Frock Exchange with the original supermodel. She is a former columnist for InStyle in the United States and has held the position of fashion or style director for several fashion magazines and British newspapers for the past twelve years, including the Sunday Times, InStyle UK, Harpers & Queen, and Condé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared in the Times (London), The Financial Times, Elle, and Town & Country. She lives in London with her family.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on style.... 19 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
...I love buying these types of books (not that I'm saying that they have exactly turned me into a 'style icon' just yet!), and this is quite definitely the best. Very well written, absolutely beautiful photographs - and all the advice in it really makes sense. I've got hundreds of clothes, all of which I love as individual pieces - but I never know how to combine them to best effect. (I suspect most women are like this...we've got enough stuff, we just aren't using it properly!)

This book helped me put together a 'look', and (if you have the same problems in 'clothes combining' that I had) I recommend you buy it, take it up to your bedroom, open your wardrobe, and start matching things together. I did this, and people have been making comments to me at work about my 'new wardrobe' (it's all the same stuff - worn differently). Sometimes, it was as simple as putting a narrow belt around the outside of my cardigan, wearing 'statement' earrings (that I would never usually wear to work..)and adding bolder lipstick. I also experimented with skirt lengths and heel height, and more than a few people have commented on my 'weight loss' (there hasn't been any..)

I have bought around 10 'style' and 'fashion' books from Amazon - this is by far the best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Cat
Great book for women of all ages, particularly for those of us who have to dress well for work.

It offers excellent advice and lots of photos so we can decide what feels right for us and what does not (which is just as important). I found it well written and a page-turner.

It motivated me to go through a major closet decluttering spree. And it worked beautifully! Instead of buying a few more clothes, I have now put together several good looking outfits using tops and pants I already had.

The return on investment was great for me:
I saved on shopping,
I saved on closet space,
I probably will make a bit of money selling a few items that were still new,
I will give a bunch of clean clothes to a charity,
And I now feel self confident and elegant when wearing my clothes.

I love it!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing!! 8 April 2009
My wardrobe was in a complete mess (and had been for years), but with the books easy step by step guide I was able to streamline my wardrobe in one afternoon. I now don't have a complete panic every morning deciding what to wear before I go to work! I found it almost impossible to throw anything away, however Paula's simple guide on what to keep and what to chuck kept me unemotional and made me decide on a style that works for me. The clothes included in the book are classy and timeless and there's definitely something in there for everyone - from twenties to sixties plus. The book is packed with fab style icons and the clothing is beautifully shot too. I would recommend this book to anyone going through a bit of a style crisis!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars never has style seemed so effortless.. 6 April 2009
By Kristin
This book is a must have to update or complete any wardrobe. Covering everything from what the staples to having a simply great wardrobe are to what you could throw out and know you will never use or wear again. This step by step guide to knowing what the essentials are to looking great at any age. Let's face it it's no surprise that this book makes so much sense, whenever you see Paula Reed on television she is always looking fantastic. This book gives you ideas on how to achieve this. It is a more realistic approach to fashion, when to buy the latest trend and when to pass as it will be out in a month. She also expresses in the book that it is important to have your own personal style as we are not cookie cutter copies of eachother, and not everything works for everyone which is not always portrayed in other style books. This is a great addition to any library as it will give tips when you decide what you want to wear for any occasion at any age.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value ! 29 Sep 2009
A great value book - every page was interesting and full of really useful tips and advice. The photo's were of current celebrities and it felt very fresh and relevant to today's fashion. I shall be re-reading it in the future - it was that good !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best style book i ever read 5 Feb 2012
Forget the fashion magazins that give you the latest look with must-haves and all that on thin and tall women. The book tells you how not to become a fashion victim throwing money out of the window each season.

Instead, it gives very simple and clean advices on how to clean up your wardrob, how to buy basic pieces that are timeless, chic and fit, what you should buy cheap and treat as disposable (white t-shirts, balerinas) and how to invest in more expensive pieces that last long (trench coat, winter boots, suits).

Advices like a suit should have flat front trousers with no cuffle, and the jacket should have narrow lapels, flapless pockets and tailored waist save you time and money. This book should be on every woman's shelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly Out of Touch 18 July 2011
By RubyRed
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book promises a lot but is badly put together. It shows impossibly groomed celebs and not ordinary people. The pictures do not match the text eg. on page 34 there is a quote about someone looking stunning in a short skirt while the photo opposite shows someone looking like an air hostess in uniform.
Time and again the photos bear no relation to the chapter, eg. text about jackets faced with someone in a lurid green evening dress; talking about cleavage shows two models in up to the neck dresses, completely bizarre and totally confusing.
The "advice" is so useless it's insulting eg. "Find a brand (of jeans) and a shape within it that flatters your figure and stick with it"; well if we knew which brand to go for wouldn't we all do that anyway?
This is fine for a present if you have run out of gifty inspiration but not at all adequate for someone looking for serious style advice and management. I have returned it as I think its tone is derogatory and its layout completely random.
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excellent book
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring rubbish
Boring read
Published 1 month ago by david nissim
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide with Pictures and Simple Rules for Fashion
This book touches on the basics, that every woman should have. The first being the 'White Shirt ' , since I moved to Paris, I have seen that most of these Parisians, already follow... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Coco
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!
I got this book out of the library but decided to buy it after simming through it. It has excellent clear non-waffly advice about looking stylish without wasting money on passin... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms Susan C Greener
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a bit of light reading really - no great revelations
For the price of this book I think it was 7.99 - in fact I had purchased it by accident - there are no great revelations there - there are many other books on the subject -... Read more
Published 4 months ago by yammy granny
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing special
The book is good for the people who do not know how to organize their clothes; I was expecting something else...
Published 5 months ago by Anna B
4.0 out of 5 stars Great all rounder
This is a good book to use as a guide. You can read from cover to cover but I prefer to dig into it for inspiration. Read more
Published 5 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for style
really useful advice for those of us who find shopping such a chore but want to look good. Definitely recommend
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great advisor
This book is very useful. Every woman should have it at home. It gives very good tips, advises on how to dress. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Judit Csasznyi
5.0 out of 5 stars appreciated present
Bought as per request for my friend, for her birthday and she loves it . Arrived promptly. Would recomment anytime.
Published 16 months ago by Stella star
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