Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady
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Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady

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If you’ve ever wondered how to climb the social ladder with grace, how to feel confident in every situation, or even how to make a lasting impression (but not the kind that lands you on the latest “Worst Dressed List”)—Derek Blasberg is here, with quotes and secrets from all the socialites so girls everywhere can learn how to have class. This hilarious handbook will provid...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Razorbill
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Kricket
this advice book "for the extremely modern lady" got a great review (for teen non-fiction) in one of the journals i read, so i bought it for the collection. i'm also reasonably invested in (but not obsessed with)looking classy when i leave the house each day, so decided to have a look when it got to the library. oh, dear.

to start with, i haven't been able to get comfortable with this being written by a dude. maybe that's unfair, but any time a man goes around directing female behavior, i'm suspi...more
Christy Johnson
This book is so funny - I highly recommend it for ladies young and old. Every couple sentences I kept wanting to stop and write down a quote. I agree with basically everything Derek says in his book, and although it is a cute read for us adults, I think teens could actually learn something by reading this - that so many of the celebs and socialites on reality TV are just NOT ladies and should NOT be emulated.

Some highlights:
"It's easy to confuse being fashionable with being trendy.."
"A lady we...more
Heidi Mccarthy
This is the only book I've ever thrown out after reading...well more like recycle because I actually care about the environment. Please don't read this book. If you have any 'class' and respect for the female race, reading this book is a huge waste of time and will only make you want to sock Mr. Derek in the face. His constant use of derogatory terms is so tasteless, you'll wonder how he got away with titling a book so far removed from its content. Not only is his frequent labeling hurtful, but...more
Rebekah
On the whole I do like this book. Blasberg, who throughout his writing speaks to why he has the authority to write these things and finally by the end reveals how he got from one place to another, makes a number of really great points. There are many chapters describing what a respectable, and fun, young woman ought to know and do, and the many things she ought not to. His target audience may or may not be twenty-somethings, but ladies (-to-be) from high school and even into their thirties could...more
Lana.
Oct 25, 2012 Lana. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who liked "How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World", but wanted pictures
Derek Blasberg is a man with a mission - smack some class (without losing all the sass) into the modern, young female. From bad table manners, to the twisted online world, he gives tips, advice, and personal annecdotes to what makes a lady and stamps clearly the behaviour of a tramp.

At least, that's what he aimed to do.

As I read through the sections (A Lady: Gets Dressed; Receives an Invitation; Throws a Party; Goes abroad...) the first thing that comes to mind is the song "Class" from the mus...more
Alexa/kay
I've read my share of etiquette, entertaining, general girl guide books, and have thoroughly amused myself with said reading. I'm a fan of Derek Blasberg, the fashion writer, but in this "how to" guide for the "modern lady," I find him condescending, overly critical and essentially humorless.

Blasberg is one of the biggest name-droppers in the industry, and I found the only amusing aspect of his debut book to be Byrdie Bell posing as his ridiculous cover model. What were the publishers at the Pen...more
Jen
I'm so grateful to not be the target audience for this book.
kaleigh
Even one star seems generous.

TRUST NO MAN, especially a man who writes an entire book telling women how they should act and dress.

This book is LOADED with problems. One of the biggest ones is Blasberg's continuous use of terms like "tramp," "skank," and "slut." Like, throughout the whole book. According to him, women are either ladies, or tramps/whatever derogatory term he's in the mood for. All of this is awful and maddening enough, and then I get over 100 pages into it, and there is a section...more
Sophia Sun
Nov 12, 2011 Sophia Sun rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tweens, teenagers
I was trying to grow up and become a lady- who better to tell me then a gay man who works in fashion?!

I liked the picture examples, and some of the funny tidbits on the side, but my Mumma has been dishing all the same advice (more shrill, less catty), and she is a classy lady.

I got this book at a discounted price- yay friends who work in retail! I wouldn't buy it at full price and I think I'm too old for it, but a great gift for the tween who thinks she's grown.
Emily
After reading this book I still wasn't convinced that Derek Blasberg really knew what the term 'classy' actually means. It was more like a book on how to not be like the train-wreck characters on Jeresy Shore (aka a normal, functioning member of society). I wasn't a huge fan of the humor. Just all together bad.
Karina Ruiz
Although I learned a lot of things on how to become a lady, I didn't agree on some of the things Blasberg wrote about. Yes, for a woman it would be better to be a lady if we want respect. However, I've always though that one should do whatever makes them happy even if they appear to be a "tramp".
Lady Allison
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

From the jacket: How to dress sexy without looking like a skank.

If only more girls took a gander inside this precious gem of a book...
Tricia Goodwin
Really pedestrian. I picked this up only because I have a thing for etiquette manuals, but this wasn't even inventive or timely.
Alex
I received this book with the impression that it would mix witty humor with good advice for young women. However, upon opening it I was shocked to see pictures of Derek Blasberg accompanied with good-looking starlets everywhere, including the entire inside of the book cover. Yet I chalked it up to letting the readers get to know the author a little bit and gaining an appreciation for his presence in the fashion scene. As I continued to read, I felt Blasberg was using the book as a prop to smugly...more
Mary
This book is hilarious! But it also has some good advice tucked in for good measure.
Olivia
Sexist propaganda. Disillusioned drivel. First-world plauge.
Sarah Cole
A funny, quick, but shallow read. The author is very likeable and I liked his humility and humor. I'm not too concerned with how models act though, so many parts of this were a miss for me. I'm not exactly sure why I read this. The author was quoted in a magazine about email etiquette so I thought there might be some interesting info in there. Some of it was interesting, so I'm giving this 2 stars. The author suggested party playlists, which I did like. Overall, I can't say I would recommend thi...more
Jessenia
Dec 05, 2010 Jessenia is currently reading it
December 5, 2010

WEEKLY PROGRESS: This has been a pretty productive week in terms of reading our books. I have finally just about made it half through "Classy" and loving it more with every flip of the page. I was even able to get through a whole other crucial lesson that the author Derek Blasberg, so importantly implies.

TIME: Regarding the time i spent reading it was kind of all over the place this week, i guess due to getting back into the regular routine after the holiday's but i was still abl...more
Justina
Weekly Progress: This week i read both my books again. I couldnt help it! Im really close to finishing Classy by Derek Blasberg i only have about 20 pages left. As for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larrson i read more too but im not as close to finishing it as i am for Classy.
Time: This week i read about 30 minute 3 days of this week. Usually i read above and beyond this week was so crazy and busy.
Goal-Setting: Next week i for sure want to finish Classy since my sister has been hoging...more
Gabrielle
Love it! Derek Blasberg gives detailed and valuable advice on becoming a modern day young lady. He covers everything from how to dress, to throwing parties, to travel tips, even to artists, authors, and movies one should know. Although he gives a somewhat comical and sometimes blunt approach to becoming a "classy" young lady, it was very entertaining and also extremely useful.

This book is primarily aimed towards young women in their late teens and through their twenties. Although definitely a gu...more
Jumana
It was more directed to tramps than at the classy lady and as I'm not a tramp I have no use of it.
However I found it really funny and it had little tips here and there that I used in the future. However I'm not sure what target audience it was aimed at: it is really useless to any kind of girl who already knows the basic things about being a lady, which I bet is most of the people who picked it up. I seriously doubt that any 'tramp' Derek talks about would go into a book store to pick this up or...more
Snuffaluffagus .
Sep 22, 2013 Snuffaluffagus . rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Snuffaluffagus by: my 'classy' sister
Shelves: self-help
I have mixed feelings for this book. One can question what defines the modern lady.

I’m not at all disturbed by the fact that this is written by a man, effeminate or not. Because people can write whatever the hell they want. And it’s just plain sexist to say one of the opposite sex can’t write about the other. But there’s bound to be things that one can’t agree on.
According to him, this book is based on what he has observed and experienced whilst working in the fashion industry and him meeting a...more
Aly
Where do I begin with this book… First I want to say that I wanted to read this book for a while now. But since then my thoughts and views on femininity have changed. Like this book, I would slander women who I thought were trashy etc. But thankfully I got educated and learned a lot since then. Needless to say I love the ‘classy lifestyle’ or as I prefer to call it now; sophisticated lifestyle. But that doesn’t warrant me a right to ‘slut shame’ women.

Most of what the author does write I already...more
Jassy
I loved this book. One of my best purchases. It's honest, and very witty. I always go back to it when I am in certain situations. I often ask myself "what is the classy thing to do"? It's obvious, but sometimes us ladies can get distracted with men, work, and sour friendships. I recommend this book to young ladies with no judgement. This book will surprise you. It's great and share it with your lady friends. The best advice with great graphics is in this book
Alicia
Sep 28, 2010 Alicia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I like to think that I'm a pretty classy lady at this point in my life, but I still enjoyed this read. I found this quizzes pretty unnecessary but they might appeal to teen readers. Blasberg poked fun at some rather foolish choices and faux pas, while providing constructive criticism, wise advice, and practical suggestions. Unfortunately, I think the majority of women who really NEED this advice (you know who they are) will not seek out this book nor find it their Christmas stockings. [Note to B...more
e.c.h.a
Buku ini mengajarkan banyak hal untuk menjadi seorang "lady", menjadi perempuan yang punya tata krama. Tidak hanya dari penampilan (gaya berpakaian, make up, busana) juga di luar penampilan seperti bagaimana berkata, bagaimana bersikap, bagaimana bergaul, bagaimana menarik perhatian lingkungan bahkan pria in a good way ^^. Tata krama saat menggunakan telepon, berinteraksi melalui social media sampai dengan buku-buku yang harus dibaca. Suka banget saat di akhir proses menjadi "lady" bahwa harus b...more
Priscilla
This is a book of manners for teenage girls who just don't have a clue. A teen girl who thinks that MTV is a true and accurate version of real life and her personal life reflects that belief. A teen girl who thinks it's okay to read only tabloids and pole dance and dress like a prostitute. Since I'm not a teen girl, nor do I think that any of those things are okay, I didn't fully enjoy this book. I still got a few tidbits here and there. And the book helped me appreciate my parents and Church le...more
Ashley
I bought this a year ago and it's very enjoyable and very useful. Now, I'll admit, some of the information leaned more on the "well that's just common sense" side, but it was very entertaining, funny. It's a male author, which surprised me when I first bought it, but I decided to keep reading and give it a try.
Some of the stereotypes or examples, I should say, we a little too biased on one side of the spectrum or the other. To clarify, it gave the impression that it's either you're classy or yo...more
Mary Alexandra
I liked this book a lot. There are lots of advice and pieces of knowledge on how to be a lady, but it's not really how to be a lady, it is how to be a sophisticated, educated, well-mannered young lady. I think every girl can learn from this book. It's not about just being classy, but how being crass, rude, ignorant, and self-entitled will get you nowhere. The only flaw in this book is in order to be a classy lady you must have money. I don't have money, so therefore will not need to know or worr...more
Lulu
A fun, silly, tongue-in-cheek primer on being "classy" from fashion editor Derek Blasberg. As for what prompted him to write a book like this, he says it best in his epilogue: "Too often the girls I see put on society's pedestal - worshipped and photographed and given TV shows - are standing up there for the wrong reasons. (They're probably slouching up there with their girlie parts hanging out, unable to differentiate between Austria and Australia, but that's not my point.) Sloppy sluts, sex ta...more
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An American fashion writer, editor and New York Times bestselling author. He is the Editor-at-Large of Harper’s Bazaar and Vmagazine and VMAN, publications for women and men, respectively. Blasberg currently lives in New York City with a dachshund named Monster.

Blasberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Carol and William Blasberg, and has a brother named Christopher.

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