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Fashion For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-53926-2
352 pages
November 2009
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Your full-color guide to building a fun, functional wardrobe

Fashion For Dummies takes the guess out of dress, giving you the confidence and know-how you need to dress for every occasion. This full-color guide is packed with tips on creating a confusion-free wardrobe that works with your body type and personal style, as well as navigating the worlds of color, pattern, and texture.

  • Reveals how to put together outfits that work without overextending your budget
  • Features a section dedicated to menswear
  • Packed with helpful illustrations presented in full color

The perfect guide for novice fashion-hunters, Fashion For Dummies is your key to always dressing your best!

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Table of Contents


Part I: Fashion, Style, and You.

Chapter 1: Fashion 101.

Chapter 2: Impression Management: Developing Your Personal Style.

Chapter 3: Dressing to Flatter Your Body.

Part II: Mastering the Basics of Garment Construction, Fabrics, and Color.

Chapter 4: Fundamentals on Fabrics and Garment Construction.

Chapter 5: The Art of Color.

Chapter 6: From the Runway to a Store Near You.

Part III: Stocking Your Closet without Going Crazy or Broke.

Chapter 7: Building Your Wardrobe: Your What- and Where-to-Buy Guide.

Chapter 8: Eliminating Fashion Confusion.

Part IV: Dressing for Any Occasion.

Chapter 9: Dressing for Every Day.

Chapter 10: Dressing for Success.

Chapter 11: Très Chic: Threads for Special Occasions.

Chapter 12: The Four Seasons: Dressing for Comfort and Style.

Chapter 13: Dressing for the Bedroom.

Part V: Finishing Touches.

Chapter 14: It’s What’s Inside That Counts: Undergarments.

Chapter 15: Accessories.

Chapter 16: Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Shoes.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Fashion Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them.

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Go From Day to Night in a Flash.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Fashion Web Sites.


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Author Information

Jill Martin is a fashion expert and three-time Emmy-nominated television personality. She appears regularly on NBC's Today show highlighting trends and must-haves, and is well-known for the popular "Ambush Makeover" segments. Jill lives in New York City and is developing her own clothing line. Pierre A. Lehu has worked as a publicist, literary agent, and writer. He is the coauthor of Sex For Dummies.

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Press Release

October 28, 2009
Take the Guess out of Dress with Jill Martin's Fashion For Dummies!

Disillusioned and discouraged with your wardrobe? It’s time to take the guess out of dress with For Dummies®!

In Fashion For Dummies® (Wiley; November 2009; $24.99, Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-59553-4), fashion expert and three-time Emmy-nominated television personality Jill Martin and coauthor Pierre Lehu take readers through the process of building a stylish and functional wardrobe suitable for every occasion. Whether it's a holiday-chic cocktail party, an 11:00AM wedding in February, or just everyday business casual, Martin has you covered. Part reference, part tutorial, the book offers advice on finding clothes that work with your body type and personal style, as well as practical tips on garment construction and navigating the worlds of color, pattern, and texture.

In tough financial times, it’s easy to shy away from spending money on clothes – especially designer clothes. Martin shows you how to put together a high-quality wardrobe, without breaking the bank. Shoes, jewelry, and other accessories are given ample coverage, and there's also a section dedicated to menswear with discussion of basic cuts and styles.  The guidance and professional tips provided by Martin in Fashion For Dummies will sharpen your shopping skills and show you how to buy clothing that will look great for years to come.

Packed with photos and illustrations, this FULL COLOR guide also includes top ten lists such as “Ten Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them,” and a list a ten great fashion websites (www.gilt.com, www.hautelook.com, among others). You’ll also find words of fashion wisdom from top designers and celebrities such as Betsey Johnson, Tory Burch, Cynthia Rowley, and Tyson Beckford.

Go from novice fashion-hunter to seasoned fashionista with Fashion For Dummies!

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