This book is a quick read in the Kindle edition, but one you’ll go back to time after time. There’s way too much good info here to put it down after one sitting. I first ran across Shari looking for free online color analysis and was impressed with the results. So when I saw she wrote a style book too, well. I had to read it.
We have been talking about What Is Style and Shari takes us there in chapter 3 where you’ll find the style personalities and photos identified with them. If you review these photos, you can decide which category appeals to you. It also helps to know your body shape and Shari talks about that in chapter 2. Her style personalities are consistent with other style books I’ve read but with a twist. She supplements her four major style personalities with two sub-categories, Trendy 20s (girls that forgot you can’t wear cutoffs and bare midriffs to the office) and I Ain’t Got Style….first time I’ve seen a stylist admit to that. Of course she has a solution
However the major find in this book is the 16 point system for dressing, an easy way to know when you have too much on and how to adjust for the best results. I typed it up and put it next to my dressing room full length mirror. She breaks dressing down from body type to coloring to face shape to help readers figure out what clothes are flattering and what clothes must be avoided at all costs. And then she tells us where we can find those clothes by store by price range. You’ll find the same approach in the Sister House Boutique.
I love this quote from Mary Kay Ash, “While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self confidence—which, I believe, does make the woman.” That should speak to you. If you look well, you will have the confidence to step out the door without (too much) reservation.
There’s a lot more than this. Buy the Kindle edition and you’ll be quickly ready. Shari references the book by Isaac Mizrahi on How To Have Style which is also a good read – only a penny.