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The Truth About Style

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,305 Ratings  ·  260 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
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Viking
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Nov 21, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2013 Clare rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 17, 2012 Marta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
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
Lynn Weber
Oct 27, 2012 Lynn Weber rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Kay Hommedieu
Oct 20, 2012 Kay Hommedieu rated it really liked it
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?
Oct 28, 2012 Zelda rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2012 Zann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: random-stuff
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
Dec 16, 2012 Daree Allen rated it really liked it
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.
Jt O'Neill
Oct 12, 2012 Jt O'Neill rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2012 Mamide2 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2012 Aspasia rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2012 Amie rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2012 Deuce Bigelow rated it it was amazing
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!
Danielle Langlois
Feb 06, 2017 Danielle Langlois rated it it was amazing
I loved this. The real life examples and explanations of the outfits Stacy chose really helped me connect with my own style rut. The Truth About Style inspired me to go shopping and clean out my closet so I have wearable pieces that show bits of my personality and actually fit. Such a good feeling. I haven't watched a show of hers in a while so the book was a good refresher with some great tips.
I have always looked up to Stacy so it was really refreshing and cool to see a softer side of her. I
Feb 06, 2017 Stephanie rated it liked it
I don't know what I expected, but this book definitely surprised me. I didn't know a book about style and fashion would have so much heart--shows how little I know. Stacy gets real with her own story and the stories of 9 women selected based on their letters to her for a style "start over." There is advice for many different kinds of women and different body types. What I liked about this book was the idea that improving your personal style can help you see the best in yourself and then you can ...more
Nov 04, 2012 J rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 29, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Stacy London
The Truth About Style

Anyone who reads this book would retitle it, something along the lines of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Stacy London, Especially Her Thoughts About Style.

London, former co-host of What Not to Wear, begins with 12 pages about her childhood, from her early days of glamour to her battle with psoriasis in seventh and eighth grades (a time of agonizing peer criticism, I’m sure you’ll remember). By the way, her silver streak of hair dates from that time.
Apr 02, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
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
Liz De Coster
Mar 01, 2013 Liz De Coster rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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
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
Samantha Kurtz
Apr 18, 2016 Samantha Kurtz rated it really liked it
I’ve had a girl crush on Stacy London for a decade. (Wow, that’s a long time). To say that and just now be reading her book, The Truth About Style, is sad, but better late than never! This book isn’t a “how to have style and be cool” book; instead it’s a personal memoir. From a childhood filled with an extreme case of psoriasis, leaving crusty, red bumps all over her skin to an eating disorder to how society feels about her being single in her 40s. The reader sees a behind-the-scenes version of ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
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
Nov 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, self-help, fashion
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
Oct 09, 2012 Minna rated it it was ok
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
Jan 19, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
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
Dec 05, 2012 Pamela rated it it was ok
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
Dec 29, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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
Susan Dixon
Oct 31, 2012 Susan Dixon rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2013 Kathleen Meacham rated it liked it
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.
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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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