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Things a Woman Should Know about Style Hardcover – Nov 1 2003


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books (Nov. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853755192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853755194
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 14.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Dressing well is like kissing: fun, but you have to practise a lot before you get it right.' 'Women have a relationship with shoes that men will never understand.'

About the Author

Karen Homer is an established fashion journalist who's worked for Harpers & Queen, Elle, The Times, and Vogue. This is her first book.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is possibly the best book on style ever. It is not a book on fashion. It is about classic, tasteful elegance and, in my view, is quite superb. There are very few pictures other than of the divine style icons - Grace, Audrey, Katharine, Marilyn etc - and this lack of pictures emphasises the point of the book. Spare, witty and enigmatic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on July 22 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a cute, and fairly helpful guide to knowing what the classics for style are. It isn't about fashion, it is about timeless pieces that will last forever and look good for just about as long. It is a very helpful guide for someone who is just starting to learn about style, and cute for someone who already does know.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cremebrulee on Dec 29 2010
Format: Hardcover
How many 21 year old girls know who Audrey Hepburn was? Our daughter went through the punk/grunge stage in her teens and about a year ago saw Breakfast at Tiffany's and then Sabrina. This was a defining moment for her in that she realized that elegance and class is for all time and took an interest in developing her own personal style, slowly shedding the hoodies and graphic T's and making the switch to button down oxfords and pearls. This little book is a fun and easy read and contains many tidbits of good information for a young lady starting out, or any lady for that matter. This would make a nice keepsake book from a grandma to her granddaughter.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good style source. One caveat. It's a British publication written in "British" English. Can be difficult at times for U.S. readers(e.g. "trainers" = sneakers)to plow through.
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Only for the style-clueless Feb. 3 2005
By Pennsylvania Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The cover and title hint that we'll learn things about style in this book, such as how iconic women like Audrey Hepburn (pictured on the cover) wore what suited them best. The photos are sparse, however, much of the copy is pointless for American readers (do you really want an evaluation of what the Queen of England wears?), and the rest of it consists mainly of things you probably know already--or have considered but found your own, more flattering, solutions. Do we really need another book advising everyone to wear black, for example? There are several more appealing neutrals. Unless you're starting completely from scratch, you'll be disappointed.
168 of 176 people found the following review helpful
Nothing much new here Jan. 9 2005
By Lostinbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're already a "classicist" you'll just roll your eyes and skim through this. Be forewarned-- there is a LOT of blank space and large type in this book. The 160 page description is deceiving. The book measures only 5 3/4 x 6 inches and I read it in 1/2 hour. It's a magazine article in book form.

I couldn't quite get the author's curious obsession with CAFTANS; ghastly garments--and guaranteed to make ANYONE look fat! Shouldn't one raise at least one perfectly groomed eyebrow at any book that has Audrey Hepburn on the cover yet extols the virtues of CAFTANS? Hmmmmmm.

The author also has a thing for white high heeled pumps, which most women would do well to avoid; except perhaps on their wedding day.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Don't take it so seriously March 29 2005
By Miss Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is intended as a jokey gift book, not a style manual, so if you're looking for the latter this isn't it. It is a very light read, agreed, and yes, it's from a British publisher and a British perspective. But if you want a small, glossy present for a wannabe friend, or just want something stylish to keep in your bathroom, this isn't a bad choice.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Waste of your time. Nov. 27 2008
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is awful. I consider myself pretty undemanding of my light reads - if I'm wasting time reading while I'm cooking or taking a bath, just about anything will do. I've spent an hour on a magazine for diabetics, for pete's sake, and I'm not even close to having diabetes. So I thought I would enjoy this book, since I can be quite girly.

But this book is awful. The author writes in short one-liners obviously intended to be heavy with wit, insight, and knowledge. But she totally and completely bores me. I can't even bear to resign this book to reading while cooking or bathing - I'm just going to re-sell it. And that's something I NEVER do. I still have biology textbooks from college because I couldn't bear to get rid of a book!

I found myself disagreeing with so much of what she said (like the idea that you should almost always wear a little black dress, and that red is the color of sexual predators). She contradicts herself (like when she says that a black shift dress is perfect for a garden party, and then only a couple pages later says that only pastels are appropriate for a garden party - and specifically warns against black). Some of her information is just flat-out wrong (like when she says that going up a cup size on your bra automatically makes your band larger even if you keep the same band number - I am in the lingerie business, and I promise that she is mistaken).

This book also seems horribly dated even though the copyright is from 2003. She warns against buying the latest, trendiest power suit with large shoulder pads (this isn't the 80s! I wouldn't even know where to find something like that anymore!) and says that there is no such thing as a heel over 6 inches (recent fashion has absolutely proved otherwise, even totally outside of the "stripper shoe" realm).

If you have zero style knowledge, this book will misguide you. If you know even the slightest bit about style, this book will bore you. If you are a normal woman who has a basic understanding of style, you will laugh out loud at some of the suggestions she makes. Don't waste your money!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
cofee table fashion June 13 2005
By arabella von beverhausen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this is not a terrible choice of a style guide for those looking for a classic movie star icon sort of style. it is excellent for bathroom decor and can serve as a beginning for someone looking to cutivate a style similiar to audrey hepburn, grace kelley, jackie o, or marilyn monroe. a word of caution, it is written in a very brittish vernacular.


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