Best Dressed: The Born to Shop Lady's Secrets for Building a Wardrobe

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Three Rivers Press, Mar 28, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 222 pages
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Cultivating a distinctive style that expresses your personality and tells the world how you want to be perceived doesn't have to break the bank. In Best Dressed, Suzy Gershman -- internationally recognized for her retail acumen -- offers a comprehensive guide, from bargain bins to haute couture, to building a wardrobe that not only works for you, but rewards you with a personal style that ensures you always feel comfortable in your clothing. Her insider knowledge of the fashion world helps you identify your fashion goals, maximize your fashion dollars, and look your best, whatever the budget or occasion.
Suzy outlines a foolproof three-step plan for cultivating a successful shopping style. She offers guidance for those still in "The Empty Stage," otherwise known as "Help! I have nothing to wear," showing how to select core pieces that will form the basis of a versatile, age-appropriate wardrobe. Next, you'll master "The One Good Stage" -- in which you invest in one good example in each category of clothes and accessories, broadening your options and looks. By the time you're ready to conquer "The Rounding-Out Stage," finishing your wardrobe with seasonal accents and current trends, you'll have gained the confidence and flair to carry off your own unique style.
Suzy shares her personal philosophies on which items are worth a splurge (and when it's okay to buy "disposable" items); how to predict fashion trends (and when it's too late to buy in); and why the best foundation for any working wardrobe is a comfortable pair of shoes. For fashion novices and clotheshorses alike, Suzy's pointers and tips dissect the complex hierarchy of fashion retail and make creating a flexible andup-to-date wardrobe the painless process it was destined to be.
Suzy Gershman, the world's smartest shopper, lets you in on dozens of insider's tips and secrets to creating a fabulous wardrobe marked by your own personal style. Best Dressed delivers answers to your most frequently asked fashion questions, big or small, including:
Where are the real fashion bargains?
When is it too late to get in on a trend?
What is the single best fashion investment?
Why are the best working wardrobes built from the bottom up?
With Suzy's expert guidance, you'll learn to crack the stores' and manufacturers' pricing secrets, separate hype from style, and make your fashion budget go further than ever before.

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Once you get past the first chapter, fabulous read chock full of info and great suggestions. Timeless; content won't date unlike many style/wardrobe/clothes books. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

An author, a journalist, and a television personality,  Suzy Gershman worked as a correspondent for Time before turning to the fashion world. In addition to writing Frommer's "Born to Shop" series, Gershman is an editor at Travel Holiday, Porthole, and Luxe magazines and has contributed to publications ranging from McCall's to Neiman Marcus's The Book. Both Harvard Business School and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology have studied her retail guidelines; numerous stores have relied on her as fashion consultant. She currently lives in Connecticut.

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