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Ready to wear : an expert's guide to choosing and using your wardrobe
Andre, Mary Lou.
Personal Author:
First Perigee edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perigee, [2004]

Physical Description:
xv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1200 Lexile.
Format :


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TT507 .A664 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Most women feel like they can barely find their shoes in the morning-let alone pull together a stylish, snappy ensemble for the day. Mary Lou Andre is here to help. An expert in wardrobe management and fashion consulting, she shows her clients how to find their own style-and make the most of what's already in their closets. And in this illustrated guide, she explains her effective wardrobe organization system and simple style strategies to help every woman get out the door faster-looking better than ever.

Author Notes

Mary Lou Andre is a nationally recognized wardrobe consultant, and the founder and president of Organization By Design, Inc. A frequent speaker at women's conferences, she has appeared on ABC World News, CBS This Morning, and CNN. Her writing appears in Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, and Esquire

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Table of Contents

Preface: How I Sold My Wedding Dress to Start My Fashion Businessp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Organized Wardrobe
1. An Organized Approach to Style in Five Easy Stepsp. 9
2. Putting It All Back Togetherp. 20
3. Make Your Closet Your Masterpiecep. 39
4. Organizing Through the Seasonsp. 45
Part 2 Fashion Finesse
5. The True Power of Dressing Wellp. 59
6. Fashion 101: Five Steps to Owning Your Own Stylep. 62
7. Shopping in Your Own Closetp. 78
8. Building a Base Wardrobep. 91
9. Accessories: Make Your Look Your Ownp. 109
10. Maximizing Your Wardrobe with Colorp. 138
11. Your Professional Imagep. 148
12. Personal Time Casualp. 164
13. Special Occasion Dressingp. 174
14. Fashion Through the Seasonsp. 182
Part 3 Smart Shopping
15. Before You Shop: Setting Yourself Up to Succeedp. 201
16. Shopping Destinationsp. 210
17. At the Storep. 230
18. Shopping Through the Seasonsp. 245
Parting Thoughtsp. 255
Meet Our Expertsp. 257
Dressing Well Resource Guidep. 259
Appendicesp. 267
Indexp. 271
About the Authorp. 281