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In the Dressing Room with Brenda: A Fun and Practical Guide to Buying Smart and Looking Great Paperback – 18 Aug 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wildcat Canyon Press,U.S.; Ill edition (18 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188517151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885171511
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,173,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brenda Kinsel is an image consultant, author, and the owner of Inside Out A Style and Wardrobe Consulting Company based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she matches people s clothes to their personalities, passions, and lifestyles. In 2009 she founded Brenda Kinsel E.T.C. Education, Training and Consulting for Image Professionals Worldwide to provide training, coaching, and marketing support to stylists and consultants in the industry. She is the author of several books, including "40 Over 40: 40 Things Every Woman Over 40 Needs to Know About Getting Dressed," "Brenda s Bible," and "Brenda s Wardrobe Companion." Her style solutions have been featured in "InStyle" and "Real Simple," and on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and NPR, among others."


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Format: Paperback
The title is self explanatory. It's written in a lovely, friendly way and it tells you things that deep down you know (why be obsessed with labels - don't get hung up on what size it says it is - it's whether or not it fits you well that matters) but you just ignore. It has lots of really useful stuff that hadn't occurred to me too - such as work wear rules - and despite the fact that it's an American book it is terribly relevant here too. It also has a chapter on tattoos for women - I don't have tattoos but found it really interesting - and not something you'd expect to find in a book like this - was very impressed. I would honestly say that reading this book has given me more confidence in buying and wearing clothes, so I would recommend it to others.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and you can either dip into chapters or read it in one go. It really inspires you to look and feel as good as you can by getting rid of things that don't fit, don't flatter and don't enhance your body and your personality. It is written in a positive prose and I bought it as research for my image consultancy business but would recommend for anyone interested in making the best of themselves.
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gThis book is exactly what I was looking for. It is agreat book has a great value and exactly matching the condition as described
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95df3588) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95dfe054) out of 5 stars Three Stars Worth of Excellent Advice 25 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
IN THE DRESSING ROOM WITH BRENDA was one of those books that I was really glad I read, but at the same time I had to push myself through some of it. What's terrific are the lists, such as "Bren's Rules for Dressing," and step-by-step instructions on taking your measurements once and for all. Her helpful hints on taking care of your "babies" (clothes) had me wishing she'd write an entire book on the subject. I was disappointed, however, with the rather overbearing tone of the book. Although most of her advice was up-to-the-minute, sometimes it seems she assumes the world is divided into the well-dressed and those who still wear stirrup pants and hawaiian shirts. Come on, Bren--most of us fall somewhere in-between. I really didn't need a whole chapter of her opinions on tatoos, either. I give this book three stars because I'll bet she could help me out in the dressing room, but she might drive me crazy, too!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978bf1a4) out of 5 stars Where's your sense of adventure? 16 Feb. 2006
By Svetamethyst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Women looking for "straightforward" advice will be disappointed.

If you can approach this book with an open mind, you'll have a lot of fun.

I really like the illustrations here and there, and especially the font Brenda used. It's easy on the eyes.

As far as the content, I'm fond of the "Fashion Calendar for Smarties" - a month by month look at what to expect in the stores each month. This is INDISPENSABLE.

I also love the "Fashion Feng Shui".

I haven't finished reading this book yet, but it's already given me a different approach to shopping for my wardrobe. It's about loving myself, not punishing myself with dreary clothes, or camouflaging myself! It's about a sense of adventure, and creativity.

Most of all, I adore her writing style. It's extremely upbeat and energetic, and very warm. There was no picture of Brenda Kinsel anywhere in the book, so I searched under her name in Yahoo pictures. I pictured her as a happy, smiling, uplifting woman. I found only one picture of her, but she was exactly as I had imagined her!

Anyway - Would I recommend this book? As I said above, if you can open your mind, YES!

IF you want to look at the world with new eyes - YES.

If you're tired of "practical", cold, uninspirational books about fashion that make you even more afraid of shopping, get this book.

...And please don't skip the introduction!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9faab0) out of 5 stars I truly hated this book and would give it a zero if I could 26 April 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The writing style was so extraordinarily annoying that I found it virtually impossible to read. The few nuggets of good advice must be culled out of hackneyed, trite, tired attempts at wit. I found myself skimming the entire book searching for something worthwhile and find it was not worth the effort. If you were able to edit out the exasperating filler you might have the makings of a worthwhile magazine article.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e2f3b4) out of 5 stars Practical Basic Advice 27 Sept. 2001
By D. Conlinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors give out basic information about taking care of, building, and maintaining a wardrobe. Cost factors to consider, quality clothing cues, building a wardrobe, basic yes, yeses, and no, nos.
I looked up where they are located and plan on using their professional services as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a0ca20) out of 5 stars One of my favorite tools! 7 Jan. 2008
By Annie Oakley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I pour over this book and another Brenda Kinsale title, "40 Over 40", twice a year at seasonal wardrobe evaluation time. Her advice is so solid, and her tone so supportive. My look has imporved greatly since I started studying her advice. My favorite is "Don't save anything for "best". There is no "best". Now I go a head and wear my nice clothes any old time and feel much better for it.
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