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THE BOOK OF STYLING by Somer Flaherty


An Insider's Guide to Creating Your Own Look

by Somer Flaherty

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9827322-4-3
Publisher: Zest Books

A matter-of-fact tone removes the mystery from style in this work that is one-part fashion manual and one-part career guide.

Flaherty begins by explaining what a stylist is and the tools he or she uses. She moves on to a wide range of different looks like Socialite, Tomboy and Hipster; fashion elements like color and prints; and a thorough understanding of body type. While the number of fashion personalities is impressive, not one is male, a confusing omission given that boys wear clothes, too. The section on body types is very useful with its real-world examples, Naomi Campbell representing the Inverted Triangle type. The second half is more practical, focusing on "curating" a closet, building a wardrobe, styling oneself and others, and styling as a career. Sprinkled throughout the text are activities like a fashion-movie night and organizing a clothing swap. The illustrations are attractive, yet it's too bad there isn't a greater variety of body types represented.

For a guide to fashion, there's not much flair here. But there's plenty of valuable info for budding fashionistas and stylists, going beyond the shallow glitz of fashion magazines and blogs.

(index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)