Book Review Tuesdays: The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style

The premise of The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own
is to take iconic looks and make them your own. Lucky breaks it down into 10 different looks:

  • Euro Chic
  • California Casual
  • Rock and Roll
  • Posh Eclectic
  • Mod
  • American Classic
  • Arty Slick
  • Bohemian
  • Gamine
Most of these will seem familiar to you, a few might be new, like arty slick or posh eclectic. These are hard to define, but when you see the look, you know it immediately.

Each look has pages of "essential pieces" that combined, make up the look. From daywear to accessories, everything is covered. They show you then how to mix the pieces together to give you a look, and give you shopping resources, both brick and mortar stores and online venues. Fit and styling of each iconic look is examined, and two real-life examples are pictured with items directly out of their closets.

All of this is really helpful, and it's fun to see how the looks come together. The main problem here is that most of us are really a combination of two, three, or even four of these styles. Rarely do any of us purchase exclusively out of one of these styles. Fortunately, Lucky has a small section at the end that shows how Lucky staffers mix and match the looks, pulling from two of the styles.

A lot of the resources will be fairly obvious (Ralph Lauren for the American classic look), you will find some great resources to explore. The last section of the book has "Lucky Breaks," which is a listing of stores that are offering discounts to the book's readers, from such companies as Urban Outfitters, Tarte Cosmetics, and Hayden-Harnett.

All in all, I think this is a great resource to have if you're trying to achieve a very specific iconic look, but if you're looking for a resource to help you pick out quality clothing that is flattering to your body type, you might want to skip this one.

The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own, Amazon.com, $19.80.

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