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Life Is Not a Dress Size [Paperback]

Rita Farro
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Book Description

Aug. 12 1997
Rita Farro has a mission--to knock down fashion barriers for overweight women and strengthen their self esteem in the process. She wants women of all sizes to seize the day and develop their own best personal style. Her message, delivered with irreverence and humor, has helped her sell out lecture halls across the country. Color photos.

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When Rita Farro discovered that she could make clothes that not only fit her "gifted" figure but flattered it and made her feel good about herself, an inspirational personality was born. Finally looking good in her clothes changed her life, and since then she has been sharing with others her upbeat, humor-filled message: "How to Dress with Style When You Feel Like Cher but Look Like Roseanne." Her advice on finding the right look for different body types, accentuating your positive features, planning a wardrobe, working with accessories, and much more is clear and practical and told with wit, and the clothes are colorful and extremely flattering. This is not about losing weight to look good; it's about developing a personal style that fosters self-esteem and gives you back your life. --Amy Handy

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YA. A welcome practical handbook. Overweight women have been trained to be ashamed of their size, hiding inside lumpy sweats and shapeless layers. This can be especially true for teenage girls, who will find scant support at the local mall. Well, "life is not a dress size," says Farro. Instead, careful attention to fit, style, and "that all-important vertical line" can help overcome the fashion barrier that encourages poor self-image. The author includes the usual chapters on body types and the styles that work best for each. A bonus sewing section provides a few simple patterns for garments and accessories, as well as valuable information on altering patterns for larger sizes. The author also includes important sections on attitude, self-esteem, and personal grooming. The book is well illustrated, though most of the models are clearly adult women. Nevertheless, the format and tone will appeal to teens who can benefit from Farro's exuberant and humorous approach to this closet problem.?Robin Deffendall, Prince William Public Library System, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, positive, and very useful Aug. 25 2001
It was such a pleasure to read a book (aimed at the "gifted") which shows a delightful awareness that fashion should be fun and reflect individual style. Unlike other books aimed at this market, this one is neither a dreary "self-help" approach nor an appeal to look "professional" (which, especially in NYC, generally means "dowdy.") This book should be on the shelf of everyone who enjoys both sewing and individuality in fashion, not only those who are plus sized. Rita's humour makes the reading marvellously original - her style gives a sense of sheer (or, perhaps, "shear") enjoyment. I especially liked her emphasis on colour and adapting patterns. For some, Rita's taste may seem a bit over the top (even I, who have rather bold tastes, would find the "carwash skirt" a little much), but her ideas can be adapted to the reader's personal style. For example, the "suit types" can use Rita's swing coat in any fabric, over a simple dress, and both have an "office look" and avoid the skirt-and-blouse cutoff point that is unflattering to most large women. Rita, most refreshingly, does not offer stock "self-help" talk, nor does she explore the current trends towards relating size to "issues" or "self-esteem." This is pure fashion, where building on one's own style and tastes makes for a wonderful look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every plus size woman should read this book! March 22 2000
Whether you sew or not, Rita Farro's book is for all women of size. She uses wit, warmth and a large dose of common sense to get the message across that large women are just as entitled to be happy and productive as anyone else and those "fataphobics" who have a problem with us plus size gals...well, it's THEIR problem. All we can do, she says, is change ourselves for the better. We CAN be happy. And she's right. I spent years sitting at home feeling terrible about myself but after reading Rita's book, I started taking control of my life and in small steps, try to be better every day. I can't recommend this book too highly. I just wish Rita would hurry up and write another book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars wanted to like this more July 19 2001
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I think that if I had read this book ten years ago, I would have given it a higher rating; I really did enjoy her positive, up-beat take on size acceptance, and she was very honest about how difficult it can be.
However, to be truly honest, I simply could not enjoy the clothes! At 27 years old, I don't want to look like an explosion at a crayon factory. I love that Rita Farro wears just what she likes best, but I myself would rather look stylish and sophisticated instead of clownish. Again, this is my very own personal preference - I applaud Rita for following her vision, it's just not mine.
5 stars for the message, 1 star for the clothes.
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By A Customer
This is one of the most practical, inspirational books I have ever read. I bought it with the hope of enhancing my sewing skills. What I found were not only sound, solid techniques for creative sewing but also a "handbook for the soul" of the plus-size person. Even if one never sews a stitch, one will come away from the reading of this book enriched by both its creative ideas, and its down-to-earth and heartfelt support for the plus-size person struggling to fit in to a "thinness is everything" world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, inspiring book!!!!!!!! April 26 1999
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I picked this book up two years ago and have since read it several times. It is an excellent resource for anyone who does not fit "society's" standards. The author gives insightful and witty advice on how to present ourselves in the best possible manner to a world that is often hostile. As an added bonus, the sewing section at the end of the book was extremely useful. Kudos to Rita. When will she write her next book?
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