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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bridget Jones too far, 10 Nov 2005
This review is from: What Your Clothes Say About You: How to Look Different, Act Different and Feel Different (Hardcover)
Now, I'm hardly an advert for sartorial elegance, and the only fashion statement I'm likely to make is the odd expletive. I am, in fact, more likely to shop at Oxfam than at any fashionable emporium. I dress for comfort and convenience, and I'm happy. Which is what annoys me about this book. It seems to trade on insecurity and unhappiness. It offers routine advice on how to dress and what might go with what and why, but the underlying message seems to be to undermine your self-confidence and individuality and reduce you to a slavish clone of approved style.
Yes, looking good can make you feel good and can boost your confidence, but if you become convinced that looking good is the only thing that matters, you lose confidence. You become a mannequin, a performer, not an individual. A good book on fashion and style gives you ideas and the confidence to experiment, to build your own personality into your appearance and lifestyle. This doesn't. It's hackneyed advice, it's been said before, it's been better delivered, and it doesn't impress.
I'd encourage you to shop around, to look at other books on the market. Identify the colours and styles which suit your personality and your way of life - don't be bullied into believing there is one approved form. Confidence lies in experimentation and adventure, not in bland compliance with someone else's rules. Avoid!
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