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Work Your Wardrobe: Gok's Gorgeous Guide to Style that Lasts Paperback – 2 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007318537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007318537
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Work Your Wardrobe

‘If you’re in need of a fashion pick-me-up but are feeling the pinch of the crunch, this is a great me-treat of “please buy me for Christmas” gift….Gok tells us how to make the most of what we’ve already got and turn those neglected pieces into fashion gold.’
Heat ****

‘What would we do without Gok? As the credit crunch take its toll on our wardrobes, the fashion guru advises on how to revitalise your existing outfits to make you feel like a new woman.’
OK! Hot Stars: ‘****

‘Want to be your best-dressed self this Christmas? Gok’s new book is full of practical fashion advice.’
Woman

Praise for How to Dress

‘Gok is the undisputed king of TV style’ Heat magazine

‘When it comes to making women feel good about themselves, Gok Wan is a genius.’ Closer magazine

Praise for Gok Wan and How to Look Good Naked

‘Gok Wan should be made available to all women on the NHS.’ Heat magazine

‘Gok Wan… the saviour of modern womanhood’ The Times

‘What marks Gok Wan out from the rest of the makeover mafia is that he genuinely seems to care about his case studies…Every home should have a Wan.’ Metro

About the Author

Fashion stylist Gok Wan has been in the industry for the best part of a decade. The 32-year-old combines a passion and flair for fashion with his early drama school foundations.
Gok studied at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, but his love of fashion and beauty led him to follow a career firstly in hair and make-up and then in fashion styling.
Gok has styled celebrities Bryan Ferry, Blondie, All Saints and Erasure and has worked for some of the world's leading photographers, including Arthur Elgort, Terry O'Neill and John Swannell.
He now styles the nation with the prime-time Channel 4 fashion series How to Look Good Naked, Gok’s Fashion Fix and Miss Naked Beauty and he is the author of two bestselling books, How to Look Good Naked and How to Dress.



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Format: Hardcover
I have all Gok's books but I have to say this has been the most useful for me.
Following on from what he taught us in his previous books, this one brings it all together. It is divided into chapters of key pieces that every girl should have in her wardrobe to banish bad clothes days forever! He talks about how 1 item of simple clothing can be worn in several different ways and take you from day to night, with tips on how to re-invent what you've already got and for the shopaholics amongst us tips on how to be a savvy shopper, this really is the bible for every woman surviving the credit crunch!
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book for xmas and didn't really think much of it as a pressie. HOW wrong I was! I read it 2 nights ago and have literally followed his word since as I've stripped all the rubbish out of my wardrobe. I now have a shopping list of classic items I need to buy, a much stronger idea of how to put outfits together, and a less cluttered wardrobe! Quality not quantity. Love you Auntie Gok xx
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Format: Hardcover
I watch Gok Wan on TV anyway but when I saw this book I decided to buy it. Have to say it that I really loved and found it so very useful. However one of my friends didn't. Nevertheless, I took some of the ideas about the white shirts and applied them to my current wardrobe before meeting some friends for drinks. The reaction was immediate. They all assured me they didn't recognize the shirt (it was an old one), they had never seen it styled that way, the simple (not expensive) accessory I chose made a big difference and the entire look cost me nothing new. I also took some simple tips on makeup from Gok's book and again, I got an instant reaction from work colleagues. This book has worked for me, I have started to reuse my wardrobe and I am very happy to have made this purchase.
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Format: Hardcover
I have all the Gok books, i follow his advice all the time... Gok is amazing - however this book has nothing really new that is contained in any of the Fashion 'what to wear' books - i was a little dissapointed - however i have put on my bookshelf with my other books of Gok... If you want a book to tell you what to wear to keep your wardrobe uptodate - always - i recommend - Harper Bazaar - Style... thats one book that is worth every penny :)
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Format: Hardcover
This is the second by Gok Wan that I have bought - the first, How To Dress, I bought and was disappointed with but I managed to find Work Your Wardrobe for a fiver in a local bookshop so I bought it to read during my Christmas break, pre wardrobe-clearout. On the back it exclaims "throw open those wardrobe doors, ransack those rails and let Gok turn your wardrobe war zone into a style sanctuary". Sounds good, I thought. Too good to be true, as it turned out.

Firstly I should point out that the overall style and layout of the book is a vast improvement on How To Dress. It is much more user friendly, free from silly blank 'notes' pages and zany outfits, and Gok has also thankfully omitted sections on how to dress for bed, pregnancy and wedding wear. In short, he doesn't try to tackle too much in this book, just the everyday style basics. On the downside, when I say basics I really do mean basic! Despite its appealing packaging and layout, Work Your Wardrobe did not really inspire me, there were no lightbulb moments as I read this and I'm still none the wiser what to throw out and what to keep when I attempt my wardrobe clearout tomorrow. Also, as a size 10 / 12 with a big bust and hips, a lot of the content really didn't apply to me. Gok details items of clothing I stay away from because they don't suit me eg: shirts are impossible for me because they usually gape around the bust, or are so big they swamp my small frame, pussybow blouses make me look frumpy, and I can't even fit a knee into a skinny jean. I was hoping for more pictures on how to put things together, but no such luck. There were a few pages of models in odd clothing, but most of the other pics were of Gok.
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Format: Hardcover
Gok has worked well in this book to cover the essential pieces that every woman needs in her wardrobe. He also breaks the items down into age-groups as well as body shapes. The text reads as if he were chatting to you and he has a grasp that not everyone has endless funds or boundless confidence. Am now on the search for one of his key must-haves, a black pencil skirt!
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I really wanted to like this as I love his programmes. The advice is good but the written style is over familiar (referring to the reader as angel and gorgeous every 2 minutes!) and there are references to current day 'celebrities' i.e. Victoria Beckham, Pussycat Dolls, which will date the book. There are also lots of pointless full page Gok photos, Gok posing with tape measure, Gok styling model, Gok grinning cheesily etc.. I think it would've benefited from less photos and more style advice but maybe he's saving that for another book!!

I was hoping for some references to capsule wardrobes as per the programme but this book doesn't even cover the topic at all which was really disappointing. I would rather have swapped the Beauty section for a capsule wardrobe chapter. To not even cover this when it's a huge part of his recent series is just a bit annoying.
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