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Flatter Your Figure [Paperback]

Jan Larkey (Author)
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New Ed edition (February 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285633694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285633698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,532,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Basic Information, July 25, 2000
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This is a wonderful book if you would like plain, common-sense, timeless information about which styles will flatter your figure, conceal your figure flaws, and enhance your positive features. This is a short book, with an extensive table of illustrated styles from top to bottom. While reviewing some fashion guides, some reviewers mentioned that there weren't any photos or pictures! No such problem with this book.

I was convinced of the utility of this book when the chart said a square-shaped neckline would flatter and enhance my upper body and help to deflect attention from wide hips. I got such a shirt, and I was amazed at how much better I look. I got two compliments on the same day. I can't wait to put other style advice into practice.

I do regret only a few things about this book, which prevented me from giving the book five stars. I would have liked more information about fabric weights and textures which would be flattering for certain body types; and also, more information on shoe styles which would also flatter foot shapes. I have long, very narrow feet and would have liked information on how to make them look less like skis! I have a friend with wide, block-like feet who would like to create the illusion of more narrow feet. Perhaps Ms. Larkey will soon create an updated edition (please!) that would address these areas.

I would recommend this [low]-priced book to anyone of any age who wants solid advice about which styles would suit and flatter her figure.

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book and improve your look, October 10, 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Flatter Your Figure (Paperback)
No book is perfect but do not miss this book based on a few flaws. This is the best book for finding clothes that will look wonderful on you.

Yes the models are older and the photos are a little dated but the real meat of the book is timeless. I sew my own clothing and with this book I now know which patterns will never ever look good on me. I have saved so much time and money with this book.

I read it through and then went shopping using my new knowledge. I could only find two tops that the book told me would look good, and indeed they did and I went home with them. It was a pleasant change from trying on every thing that caught my eye until I found something that I looked good in. I even tried a few things the book said I would look lousy in, and yes I did look lousy.

This is a wonderful book. I've tried lots of other books to make yourself look better, like the HOAX system. This book is the very best. It tells you all the little details will make you look your best. It even covers little things like which cuffs will look good on you.

I recommend this book highly.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but a bit out of date, August 7, 2001
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This book has some great basic info about the shapes and styles of clothing that look best on your figure. However, it was written ten years ago and a number of the "classic" styles included are not found anymore. The book also seems to be geared (style-wise)towards creating a flattering but matronly look. Figure-challenges occur at all ages, not just in women over 50. An updated version of the book would be most helpful.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good advice, not quite perfect
This book has some great recommendations for analyzing one's figure and dressing to enhance certain physical attributes while avoid enhancing others.
Published 15 months ago by Karisu

5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE my copy of FLATTER YOUR FIGURE!
I had a copy of this book years ago and it was accidentally misplaced. I am VERY glad to have been able to replace it.
Published 18 months ago by L. Wiggins

5.0 out of 5 stars Uses your shape and visual lines to balance your figure...timeless.
This book Covers IT ALL to help you balance your shape. If you ever wondered how Stacy and Kelly on What Not to Wear determine what is best for your body shape, this book can be...
Published on December 23, 2008 by Ann B.

5.0 out of 5 stars The very best.
I first used this book as part of a class on wardrobe at my local college. This is also the true story of the author's journey to understand image in today's world.
Published on December 15, 2008 by A reader

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge a Book...
...by its cover. The photo on the front is dated, but the information is fresh and relevant today. It's the best I've read in terms of sorting out what clothing is flattering for...
Published on December 2, 2008 by trubleu

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I have read nearly every "dress your best" book that I could get my hands on. It seems like while they all have something good to say, they will all eventually go out of date...
Published on January 3, 2006 by Nina

5.0 out of 5 stars Figure Out Your Figure
I bought 5 books on improving my looks. This one is the best of the five because it tells you how to figure out what figure you have.
Published on May 9, 2003 by Daisymsg

5.0 out of 5 stars A boost to women's self-esteem
Low cost fashion improvements, gave a WHOLE NEW LIFE to the clothes in my closet. I recommend it to any woman who perpetually has "nothing to wear".
Published on April 27, 2000

5.0 out of 5 stars A well thought out system for flattering dressing.
It looks simple, and it is simple, but a lot of work has gone into this system for discovering your proportions and how to dress to flatter. Unique.
Published on November 5, 1999 by Jennifer hayes

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview
For someone who has difficulty finding clothes that fit, as well as those who sew and want to be sure the styles they select will be flattering, this book is an excellent place to...
Published on September 20, 1999

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Wouldn't shopping be wonderful if, instead of trudging from dressing room to dressing room, you could just ask Cinderella's fairy godmother to wave her magic wand, and-"P-o-o-oof"-you'd have a gorgeous body and wardrobe . . . all for the price of a pumpkin? Read the first page
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