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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 provide
Paperback, 242 pages
Published July 12th 2010 by Michael Joseph (first published April 6th 2010)
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Sep 02, 2010 Kricket rated it did not like it
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
Heidi Mccarthy
Mar 04, 2013 Heidi Mccarthy rated it did not like it
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
Christy Johnson
May 08, 2010 Christy Johnson rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it
I'm so grateful to not be the target audience for this book.
Mar 07, 2014 AJK rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-52-books
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
Jul 31, 2014 Rebekah rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sccl
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
Oct 25, 2012 Lana. rated it it was ok
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
Jan 16, 2012 Emily rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 17, 2014 Kaleigh rated it did not like it
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
Aug 05, 2014 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't even know where to begin. I would NEVER give this book to an impressionable teenager.

Why do I hate it??

"A lady keeps her legs shaven when shes wearing a skirt. And if you're one of those hippies who thinks shaving is yet another clever way males have of subjugating women through the ages, you shouldn't be wearing a short skirt anyway (miniskirts are just another tool of the patriarchy, right?). "

Wow, majorily dissing on feminism here. And telling a lady she has to shave is imp
Sophia Sun P.
Nov 12, 2011 Sophia Sun P. rated it it was ok
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.
Karina Ruiz
Jun 23, 2012 Karina Ruiz rated it really liked it
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".
Dec 27, 2015 Smudge rated it did not like it
Great if you're a New York jet setter whose biggest concern is who's wearing who and the off chance that you might find yourself on the pages of a fashion magazine. For everyone else it's the same old tired mantra about women having to make themselves a specific way and hold themselves to a certain standard of perfect, lest they find themselves (gasp!) less than classy.
Who cares. Who cares if you wear white to a barbeque and spill something on yourself. Is the world going to end? Are the other
Odd Catrina
Pese a que muchos de los temas vistos en el libro distan de suceder en mi vida (como evitar tomar fotos con poca ropa estando ebria y enviándola a ex-novios, o sentándome como orangután en falda corta en un antro) este libro es una guía con varios tips valiosos sobre cómo perfeccionar tu estilo, cómo ser una buena anfitriona (o anfitrión) y en general cómo actuar con elegancia y evitar errores garrafales de convivencia (¡Incluso incluye sugerencias sobre cómo colocarte perfume para que dure por ...more
Lady Allison
Jun 05, 2010 Lady Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic

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...
Dec 04, 2014 Silvia rated it did not like it
Shelves: waste-of-space
One word - yeuch. When I picked this one up, I was aware 1) it would not be an in depth-analysis of any kind and 2) I'm not exactly the target group, neither age-wise nor lifestyle-wise. I expected an easy and fun read, something to giggle and smile about before I go to sleep. Maybe even snatch something useful up along the way as I've done with similar books.

But nope. What I got instead was an unbearably smug palaver full of namedropping and 'been there, done that, know it all' and oh the endl
Tricia Goodwin
Dec 06, 2010 Tricia Goodwin rated it it was ok
Really pedestrian. I picked this up only because I have a thing for etiquette manuals, but this wasn't even inventive or timely.
Dec 26, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok
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
Aug 07, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious! But it also has some good advice tucked in for good measure.
Dec 18, 2011 Olivia rated it did not like it
Sexist propaganda. Disillusioned drivel. First-world plauge.
Sarah Cole
May 01, 2014 Sarah Cole rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 17, 2010 Justina rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2010 Gabrielle rated it liked it
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
Dec 19, 2011 Jumana rated it liked it
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
Snuffaluffagus .
Sep 22, 2013 Snuffaluffagus . rated it liked it
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
Dec 16, 2014 Aly rated it it was ok
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
Mar 10, 2014 Jassy rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it
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
Am Y
Dec 23, 2014 Am Y rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tissues and ice-cream help with an emotional hangover, but don't overdo it. It's hard to find someone new if your nose is rubbed raw and you can't fit into your jeans."

I had some laughs reading this. It's a great coffee table book, not meant to be taken too seriously. I particularly liked the design and layout - the chapters are presented in newspaper column format, which I thought made for great aesthetic and very easy parsing. A stylish, visually pleasing book that was also somewhat entertai
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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.

After graduating as s
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