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What should I wear? : dressing for occasions
Gross, Kim Johnson.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.
Physical Description:
221 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT507 .G73 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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First the Rush of excitement the invitation brings, then the anxious question, "What should I wear?"  And the usual answer, "I have nothing to wear."  (i)  Chic Simple (/i)  takes care of both of those universal worries, not only showing what is appropriate for whatever occasion but helping you find the crucial outfit in your own closet. More than a guide to the myriad events that make up modern life, this is a volume that helps you understand how to build a wardrobe and master the trick to adding the essential modification for each season. To accomplish this, (i) Chic Simple (/i)  begins by asking you to assess your body type, lifestyle, and budget and then shows you how to assemble a flexible but affordable basic wardrobe that will make you look and feel great at any event - a wedding, a charity ball, a funeral, a bar mitzvah, a board meeting, a dinner date, a Saturday brunch, or a night at the opera or ballet.  It's an easy-to-use guide, whether you're on the West Coast, East Coast, or in between, to dressing for life, season by season.

Author Notes

Jeff Stone and Kim Johnson Gross created the best-selling Chic Simple series of guides to modern-day living. They also write a column for In Style magazine called "Chic Simple Solutions" and are partners with, which provides personal style information on the Web. They are the owners of the SoHo design firm Chic Simple Design. Kim is always dressed for whatever occasion and Jeff is never invited anywhere.

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Booklist Review

Gone are the days when instinct, training, and etiquette dictated the answer to the question, What do I wear? Now anything goes--stockingless sandaled feet, backless beaded dresses, even androgynous tuxedos. Never have the choices been so vast and the rules so ambivalent. Gross and Stone come to the rescue in a "chic simple" manner, reducing chaos to simple, classic, and unique terms. The authors explain the season-by-season basics: closet time, encompassing the steps of surveying, "dejunking," and renewing; and the building blocks, such as a structured wardrobe, accessories, makeup, and fragrance. From there, information flows, whether it is about "pearls . . . the most sporting of gems, and the easiest to wear" or historical footnotes on mules. Photographs, quotes, and brief narratives enable readers to quickly answer the moment's dilemma--or a major lifestyle change. In addition, 27 specific occasions are described in clothing-appropriate terms. --Barbara Jacobs

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Choices, Choices, Choicesp. 10
Chapter 2 Wardrobe Workshopp. 20
Chapter 3 Springp. 40
Chapter 4 Summerp. 76
Chapter 5 Autumnp. 104
Chapter 6 Winterp. 148
Chapter 7 Wear What, Where?p. 176
sourcesp. 201
Dressing for Your Body