Monday, January 16, 2012

Student Book Review: "The Pocket Stylist"

The Pocket Stylist byKendall Farr
Review by Kaitlin Mariani

The book starts off with the three of women’s biggest misconceptions about fashion. Big fashion misconception #1 is to truly look great in your clothing you must maintain a model’s figure. All women are built differently, short, tall, skinny, fat, round, square. Each of us women all have different shapes and sizes. Some women don’t know how to dress themselves because they only notice others’ figures and don’t realize what they look like.

Big fashion misconception #2 is your style quotient is raised whenever you wear the must-haves of any season – wearing the BIG LOOKS assures that you look like you have an insider view of fashion. Just because it looks “amazing” on a model, does not mean it’s going to look that way on you or me. Models are supposed to be “skinny.” In my opinion, I think that models are way too skinny and they put a bad look on women in society.

Big fashion misconception #3: ready-to-wear is actually ready to wear. You will never find a "perfect fit” right off the racks. It's just not possible, unless you are a size 00 with no boobs and no butt, then maybe, just maybe you will find your perfect fit dress.

When trying to find an outfit for a photo shoot, you are keeping in mind the silhouette, proportion, fabric, and optical illusion versus delusion. Next you have to remember what is right for your body type. Different clothes look a lot different of women. When I am at a clothing store and I see women pick up something and then run straight to the register, it amazes me because then they get home and most likely then up not liking the shirt because it “didn’t fit right.” It only takes less than 2-3 minutes to try something on. In conclusion to this book, no woman is the same size. We all have our different curves. We all have things we love and hate about our bodies. As long as you love yourself and keep your head high then no one will pay all their attention to your body. Every girl should cherish their body and love themselves for who they are, inside and out.

Kaitlin Mariani was a student in my Fall 2012 Fashion Photo Styling class at San Diego Mesa College. Thanks, Kaitlin, for sharing your book review on this blog.

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