The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece (英語) タートルバック – 2003/10/1
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What to wear, how to buy, where and when to spend: These are the topics covered each month by the exceedingly plugged-in staff of Lucky, whose circulation rocketed from 500,000 to 800,000 in just two short years. For Lucky's devoted fans, and anyone devoted to dressing better and shopping smarter, The Lucky Shopping Manual will be the über-find. Finally, there is a book that does away with the inconsequential information in previous fashion books and presents only the most useful tips and imperative information for how to dress better for less. Filled with tips that will appeal to shopaholics and disciplined bargain hunters alike, this enticing guide is packed with over 1,000 full-color photos and illustrations, with a ribbon marker and flexi-cover so women can take it shopping with them.
With great advice on every uniquely designed page, The Lucky Shopping Manual includes features such as:
*Building a wardrobe you love, with cross-referenced sections on everything from skirts, tops, dresses, pants, and suits, to shoes, bags, belts, and what looks best for your body type
*How to spot great finds at the local flea market or the best boutiques
*What to spend your money on and where you can scrimp
*Cool stores coast-to-coast to check out when you're traveling
*Practical tips for fabric care, shoe maintenance, and stain remedies
Creative Director Andrea Linett served in the fashion departments of Sassy and Harper's Bazaar before joining Lucky as fashion director in 2000. Melcher Media is an award-winning book producer based in New York City.
Lucky Editor-in-Chief Kim France has had an extensive career in publishing, which has includedpositions at New York magazine, Spin, and Sassy. Her articles have appeared in many other national magazines.
Update: I finished the book, and can highly recommend it as there are thousands of great tips on dressing and cosmetics.
There are a handful of useful tips, but there is no guidance on building an actual wardrobe. There are recommendations on what to own, but they jump back between the slightly stingy (only six tops to wear to work) to the extravagant (I don't need multiple cocktail/evening dresses and I don't need multiple coats).
There are some caveats you should be aware of. This book doesn't account for modern shopping trends and considering it was first published in 2003, there is going to be some disparity between what was considered in back then and what is considered in now. For example, the authors consider ballet flats to be difficult to wear but they are super hot right now in 2012. There is almost no discussion about tights or leggings and some of us could use some help in that department. Accessories are also very lightly mentioned in the book. There is a chapter on bags and shoes but nothing on jewelry, although some examples are given throughout the book. And as some other reviewers mentioned, the bra fitting advice is wrong.
Despite those issues, this book is fabulous. Each chapter starts with a page of photographs of the variations of that item. In the first chapter, Skirts, there are photographs depicting different types of skirt such as pleated, pencil, plaid, tiered, asymmetrical, a-line, and so on. It's great to have a visual of what those terms mean (I never knew what a pencil skirt was!). The authors then give you fit and styling tips, illustrating how best to flatter your body and what to avoid when wearing that particular item. There are illustrations (not photographs) that tell you what to wear if you want to highlight or take attention away from certain parts of your body.
The best part for me is what follows, a visual list of how many and of how many items you need to build your closet. In the Skirts chapter it says to have two all-season work skirts, one day-to-night skirt, two summer work skirts, one denim skirt and two summer work skirts. Some chapters give additional suggestions based on your lifestyle or style preferences. Next the authors show you how a piece can be worn in different seasons or from weekday to weekend, day to evening. There are also suggestions for how to vamp up your style and try something new (the suggestions here may be out of fashion but the essence is the same). They follow up with an illustration of how not to wear the piece and how to remedy the look you are going for.
At the end of each chapter there is a page called Fitting Room, which describes what to look for when you're buying the item in a store. Suggestions like walking around in the piece, sitting down, fastening all the buttons, etc... these are things to be mindful of when purchasing items for your wardrobe. I know I like to just pick things off the rack and head to the counter to purchase for them but it's nice to be reminded that one should pay attention to fit and movement of the pieces.
Overall I really like the book. It's visually pleasing to look through and it's a fairly quick read as well. The authors do include a list of twenty items we should splurge on and they are all classic pieces that everyone should have in their closet. Also note, some of the books have different covers but the contents are the same. I have the one with the gorgeous red Rafe bag on the cover and love it. So yes, be mindful that the fashion may be outdated in parts but the advice and the classic pieces highlighted in the book are a mainstay. If you want to build a wardrobe, you need this book!