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