August 18, 2010

"Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad" by Shari Braendel *Book Review

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman
I have never been especially fashionable. Let me rephrase that. I have never been in the least bit fashionable. To be honest, it's never been a priority. I, as a general rule, would rather spend my time and money on other things. But in recent years I've begun to re-evaluate my stance on the whole outward appearance thing. I think aging has a lot to do with it. I can no longer successfully pull off the no make-up, hair in a ponytail, t-shirt and jeans look. This calls for an intervention - enter Shari Braendel and her book Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman.

In her book Shari offers tips on how to dress in flattering colors in styles, the proper way to accessorize, and even how to pick haircuts and glasses to flatter your face. I found it to be a tremendously helpful resource for a busy mom like myself. She shows how to create a "look" that is custom tailored to your personal coloring, shape, and style.

Braendel states that our outward appearance should reflect our inner self. When I failed to care for my outward appearance, I was effectively communicating that perhaps I didn't value myself. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, people make judgments about us based on the way we look. So, why wouldn't we want to put our best foot forward?

I found the book to be very helpful.The most beneficial section for me was on how to properly accessorize by using the 16 point checklist. Shari also offers a free e-color analysis on her website, I ordered a set of fabric swatches specially suited to my coloring, so that the next time I go shopping I can select colors that will help me look my best. I learned that black is a no-no for me . . . big problem, half of my wardrobe is black. Guess that means it's time to hit the mall!

I had the opportunity to e-mail Shari and she was tremendously helpful and friendly. I'm appreciative for her ministry to Christian ladies and the encouragement she offers.


I received a complimentary copy of the book from Zondervan to facilitate my review. These are my honest thoughts of the product, I was not obligated to give a positive endorsement.

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