I love fashion but as a bigger girl I sometimes struggle with putting outfits together. I tend to take a lot of my inspiration from what I see in the media and on Instagram but as a short, fat woman in her thirties, this doesn’t always turn out well. For years I have searched for the perfect style bible to help me understand what I should be doing and what I can do but probably isn’t the most flattering for my body type. Well let me tell you, I am still going to keep searching because you can always learn more but The Curvy Girl’s Style Handbook has definitely supressed the desire to find one any time soon.
The best thing about this book, other than the fact that it is extremely size inclusive and uses real women as the models, is that you are not encouraged to go out and spend a small fortune on redesigning your wardrobe. Instead, Suze explains how you can make your current wardrobe work for you.
Who Is Suze Solari?
Suze Solari is a Fashion Writer & Professional Stylist with over 25 years Design experience. She practised Retail, Corporate space planning & design in Hong Kong, Singapore, her hometown of Portland Oregon & in Chicago.
An award-winning fashion contributor for a Chicago newspaper, Suze’s first book in the Stylish Upgrades series: The T- Shirt & Jeans Handbook, has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide.
She is known for helping her clients identify their personal style to suit their lifestyle, maximise their wardrobe investment & learn to wear the right pieces to achieve their goals & be the best version of themselves.
This is the third in the Stylish Upgrades series written by Suze, I haven’t yet have the chance to read the other two but I loved this one. It is clear and concise while being fun to read. The tone of the book reads as though you were hanging out with a friend and it’s packed with positivity and encouragement.
My favourite thing about the book is that all the women used as case studies are real women of various shape, size, age and race and all the looks are pulled together from clothing that they already own so once you have finished reading the book, the first thing you will want to do is start playing with the outfits that you have using the tips given by Suze.
Suze offers simple solutions to creating shape within your outfit choices by utilising ‘B’ is for put a belt on it and ‘V’ is for victory strategies so your wardrobe can be up-styled with very little effort. The only negative thing I can say about the book is that I didn’t particularly like some of the outfits that the case studies were styled in but I’m pretty sure that is because it is not something I would wear personally. That said, the style choices were very complimentary of the personalities and figures of the various ladies involved.
If you are a curvy women looking for ideas on how to update you style, learn how to dress your curves or just a little curious about the various styling methods out there I would highly recommend The Curvy Girl’s Style Handbook.
The book is available to buy here.
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