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by Lauren Conrad with Lisa Loehnen
ISBN 978-0-06-198914-8
Published October 2010 - Hardcover - 230 pages - $19.99

It seems the younger generation (those with money) are putting out style books at an alarming rate.  Sometimes money can buy style, but I believe you either have it or you don't.  Lauren Conrad's book offers her advice on making the most of your wardrobe, whatever your style, and she spells out Key Pieces and Go-To Pieces in her first chapter.  Lauren is the first to admit that style is a learning process and that she's made (and makes) fashion mistakes (don't we all!) a lot of the time.  "Key pieces" always includes a "little black dress" (I don't have one because I don't like dresses and I don't have that kind of social life), which admittedly, is a great basis around which you can accessorize or build a look.  Jeans are another staple in one's "key pieces", as are a pair of comfortable shoes and a good jacket.  She's also tackled the All-American Uniform of jeans and tee-shirts, and there's a whole chapter on how to choose your jeans and ideas for your tees.  Ms. Conrad also has a design label at Kohl's, so I guess she knows what she's talking about.  However, for most of us who don't have big budgets or tailors to drop off new purchases for alterations, life in the style department is a little more difficult.  Still, when you're young and have someone as clued in as Lauren for a role model, you'll be okay.  Her book is not only about clothes, she covers make-up, accessories, getting dressed, hair, travel, dressing for work or school or events and parties, as well as how to shop, and mastering your closet.  I liked her tips on How to Make Things Fit Perfectly on the Fly—useful little tricks.  Her look is for young, slim, and moneyed girls.  The rest of us will have to take her tips and use them accordingly.  Working out what works for you is fun, whether or not you are comtemporary or retro in your style.  Just be you.  That's my advice.
Conclusion - Good advice for the younger generation.  Looking good is not cheap.  It can be but you won't look as good.

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