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The Truth About Style

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  749 ratings  ·  188 reviews
The hilarious, beloved cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their way

With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, style savant Stacy London has transformed not only the looks but also the lives of hundreds of guests who have appea...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Viking Adult
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Diane
I have a girl crush on Stacy London. Back when I had cable, I watched her on "What Not to Wear" every week and wished I could go shopping with her. She is so funny and lively and chic! She seems like a woman who has it all.

Her book, "The Truth About Style" was surprisingly personal. It was a relief to find out that the fabulous Stacy London also struggles with body image and confidence issues. As a child, Stacy suffered from a severe outbreak of psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that left red we...more
Marta
Stacy is about 95% life coach and five percent stylist. It's easy to identify with each of the women in the book, maybe Stacy herself most of all. She's so beautiful and self-confident, it's hard to believe that it was ever any other way. She is transparent with her own painful experiences with psoriasis and weight fluctuation, but instead of wallowing or hiding, her response is "Yes...and?"

It was a special treat to see her at a book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. She is an incre...more
Lynn Weber
I read this through in one sitting last night after a friend gave me a copy for my birthday. I skimmed the style parts (because I'm a devoted watcher of her TV show already) but found her autobiographical tie-ins fascinating. A smart, humane book.
Clare
I never used to like the show "What Not to Wear" - First they (Clinton & Stacy) always seemed so mean to these women. And then they always put them in wrap dresses! Of course, I've now lost 48 pounds, and am nursing so I wear wrap dresses every other day. So maybe my perspective has changed.

And this book deals with Stacy London's serious health/medical issues, as well as being a primer for female self-esteem and style. I learned about Stacy's troubles, and struggles, and how she got that wh...more
Zelda
Another day, another style manifesto. Did I learn anything? Maybe not. Well, maybe. I learned more about Stacy London as it includes quite a bit of biographical information, none of which was boring. If you were new to style manifestos I bet you would have come away from this one better informed but I'd still steer you toward Tim Gunn's first book on style for some real basics.

This book philosophizes a bit more. It's chattier. Its "gals"-ier. It discusses the challenges of aging. Like the uncom...more
Zann
I've been a fan of the television show, What Not To Wear, for quite some time. What I like about it is the way Stacy and Clinton read between the lines and help a woman dress in such a way that her true self shows through, her fashion co-ordinates with her lifestyle, and fit and body issues are corrected. This book is much like the show but more in depth on many levels. Not only do we get a great deal of insight into Stacy, her life and what makes her 'tick', but we also get to know 9 very diffe...more
Daree Allen
It goes into depth about some of the psychology of how we dress, indecisiveness, how the way we feel about ourselves and others' opinions and judgments of us influence how we dress, and why we choose (or refuse to choose) to give weight to those beliefs and opinions.

Stacy starts off spending time getting personal about her self-esteem issues and battles with weight and psoriasis as a girl, as well as her status as a never-married, childless woman in her 40s. I loved her candor and relatability....more
Jt O'Neill
I am enjoying this book. I came of age in the late 60's with all that implies - no make up , long, straight hair, sandals, bell bottoms and odd hippy shirts. I never had instruction in how to dress so I've been playing catch up since my daughter came along and started teaching me. We have watched lots of WNTW and my attitude about getting dressed has changed dramatically. It is still not the end all and the be all, but I do understand how dressing in a thoughtful way can make me feel better abou...more
Kay Hommedieu
This book is easy to skim through and read and re-read favorite parts such as Stacy's own story of dealing with psoriasis as a child. The case studies of the nine women in the book are fun and interesting too. In this book, her second, Stacy uses a philosophy she describes as "Yes,....and?
Mamide2
Excellent insight into the personal life and struggles with image Stacy London has faced. This book touches many of the common struggles women face with image and life in general. Just about anyone can relate to one or several of the women featured in the book. It is not just about clothes and style but more importantly about the barriers we place on ourselves and how to allow ourselves to break those barriers, treat ourselves better in order to look and feel as wonderful as everyone of all shap...more
Aspasia
Not your normal style manual...

Stacy London introduces us to nine "normal" women who having clothing issues due to various life experiences. Stacy looks into the psychology of why we hide behind our clothes, why we let ourselves go, etc. Sassy, sarcastic and non-judgmental, Stacy looks back on her childhood and college years- years that were filled with painful psoriasis and eating disorders. Recommended for all women in various stages of style in their life who need to be reminded how special a...more
Amie
Nov 01, 2012 Amie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women of all ages, sizes, shapes,and styles
I was expecting a typical style/fashion advice type book, but this is so much more than that. A significant portion of the book is really Stacy's memoir. It's reassuring to discover that someone who looks as beautiful and put-together as Stacy London has the same struggles and issues as the rest of us. I enjoyed the stories about Stacy and the other women more than the style advice.
Deuce Bigelow
I've been a huge fan of this woman for years without knowing much behind her dynamic, funny and wonderful personality and fashion knowledge. It was great to learn more about her and see illustrations of her talents. The world needs more Stacy London!
Bonnie G.
I used to be addicted to WNTW, and would fantasize they would trash (most) of my wardrobe and berate me then pep talk me to my glory! I watched it so much my partner at the time said, "You know you dress well, right?" I know, I know! But I love dressing up other people and understanding all other body types.

I had no idea what to expect, but I found myself now not dressing as well. Yo-yo weight, primarily bicycle commuter, business casual, desert wear is very different from northeast dressin'. Pl...more
J
Nov 04, 2012 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fashion
I could definitely hear Stacy London’s voice in this book. It also follows the “What Not to Wear” format. Women come in, talk about themselves and their style, and Stacy give them a “start-over” (i.e. makeover). During the makeover, Stacy gives out healthy doses of advice for anyone with a similar figure/problem about how to best dress their body.

The first chapter was a bit hard to read. Apparently, Stacy was a philosophy major is college and she uses the first chapter to flex these muscles. Non...more
Liz DeCoster
Interesting, but a strange mix of touching and narcissistic. Stacy shares the stores of a handful of women she's provided a makeover for in the process of writing the book, discussing issues that face women both practically (budget, size) and psychologically (past traumas and body dysmorphia) and ways to address them.
Much of the advice was about as down-to-earth as I've read in a fashion book, and encouraging women to embrace individuality, color/print, and the fun of fashion. I felt that London...more
Rachel
I stumbled across this book at the library earlier this week and thought it might be a fun read; Stacy London delivered just what I was looking for. I have been a fan of What Not to Wear for years, and Stacy's narrative voice in her book was a kinder, gentler version of the tough love she and Clinton Kelly dispense on the show. I appreciated the insight into Stacy's own formative experiences and her diagnoses of the underlying obstacles to personal growth that manifested as style conundrums for...more
Colleen Wainwright
Come for the tips, stay for the self-actualization. Stacy London is smart, funny, and has a great eye, but she also has a kind heart that has been through the shit. My favorite parts of this book are the bits and essays of memoir strewn amongst the how-to stories: the alienation from others she felt as a pre-teen struck by severe psoriasis; the alienation from her own body that she felt through the binging and starvation that accompanied her dysmorphia in young adulthood. London's name is listed...more
Julie
Here is how I came to read this book: 1. My husband was busy, 2. I love Trinny and Susannah, of the British What not to Wear, 3. I found the American What not to Wear on Netflix and started watching it. There are no British accents, but I like it. 4. I put all of Trinny and Susannah's books on hold at the library and found Stacy London's, too.

And now my rewiew: I quite enjoyed this book. I read it in two days. It has a lot of body-type specifics that will only apply to a portion of women, but t...more
Minna
I get why Stacy London picked her "styleover" subjects, and I understand the impact they have for her. Unfortunately, there was only one subject I related to (the girl who was in a style rut). All the rest I skimmed through: most were significantly older, or had jobs or personal styles that resulted in styleovers that did not appeal to me. I guess that's the thing with style: it's in the eye of the beholder.
Anyways, the girl who was in a style rut got a styleover that I didn't particularly care...more
Sarah
I picked this book up expecting it to simply be a how-to book for picking outfits, and was pleasantly surprised to find it is more of a memoir/self-help book. Stacy (From years of watching What Not to Wear, I feel like I can respectfually refer to her on a first name basis.) does give makeovers to 9 women, but it is less about getting new clothes and more about finding what is actually bothering them (distorted body image, etc.), the reason that they are hiding behind their current look. She say...more
Susan
Jan 19, 2013 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Not at all what I expected, but a generally enjoyable book. If you watch What Not to Wear, you will recognize Stacy London's signature voice of honest, tough critique combined with an authentic dose of empathy and caring. She is open about her own story and flaws, making her and her advice very relatable. Surprisingly I didn't find the style advice particularly interesting or relevant, save a few general tips. This likely is because she profiles a small group of women in depth and I didn't have...more
Pamela
Two stars for the autobiographical tidbits, but the rehash of "style" has been done before, and I guess I don't really agree with a lot of it. London is unabashedly critical and judgmental of people just based on their clothes, which, although it may be the societal norm, doesn't make it right.

I don't know what's going on with the editing of books lately. Although this one is very pretty, there were some weird comma omissions (the bane of my LIFE), and, at one point, we have the phrase "quel sur...more
Kathleen
If you're a fan of the "What Not To Wear" TV show, this book is particularly interesting. More than offering a whole lot of specific fashion tips, this book talks more about underlying reasons why women (all the people profiled in this book are women) fall apart on the style front and how they can recover. It's a very personal book, too, in that Stacy London tells a lot more of her story, including her battles with eating disorders (both anorexia and binge eating) and her disappointment at being...more
Beth
This book turned out to be more autobiographical than I expected. Had I not so much respect for her self-observations and their greater application to womankind, I would have been irritated. However, I found her insightful and very honest. I had NO idea that she had struggled so much in her personal life. How else would she have so much compassion and understanding for the women who come to her for fashion help?

I like it that Stacy keeps a good perspective on the value of style (note, not fashio...more
Emma
Oh Stacy! My love affair with her to-the-point and unabashed honesty started when I watched What Not To Wear many years ago. On the show she's put-together, polished and insightful, a slim size 4 that I could never imagine having trouble finding clothes or loving herself--mind, body, and spirit. She doles out fashion advice and life lessons and never fails to find the root of the problem that has so affect the life and exterior style of the show's participants. In this book, a memoir mixed with...more
Susan Dixon
I really liked this book because I'm a longtime Stacy London fan, AND because my youngest daughter is one of the women featured in the book (Sarah M.)! Sarah had a marvelous time going to NYC, meeting Stacy, and experiencing the "do-over". She and her husband also returned for the gala event surrounding the book's release on October 2, and Sarah appeared on the Today Show with Stacy.
Kathleen Meacham
Surprisingly, I did not read The Truth About Style by Stacy London because I had a desire to learn about style. I read it because I wanted to know more about Stacy London. In this book I got both aspects. Additionally, she features 9 separate women -- women we can all relate to in one form or another. It's not just about the clothes. Stacy digs much deeper than that.
Katie
I liked this book. I had no idea how much Stacy had gone through in life. She always just looks so perfect. I really liked how this book was more of the psychology of why women wear black and hope to blend in. There are a lot of reasons and it is good to examine your own. I found this book inspirational and makes me want to break out a red dress.
Linda
This is more like the Truth About Stacy London, but still is enjoyable. Who doesn't like makeovers? I don't think much applies to
me but finding out about Stacy's childhood problems was gossipy and
somewhat interesting. Love the pictures.
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Stacy London is a fashion consultant and media personality known primarily for her role as co-host on What Not to Wear, a reality program that features makeovers. She shares on-air duties with Clinton Kelly. London started out as a fashion editor and stylist for several celebrities and designers. She has since moved into business consulting and fashion reporting.
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