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Reviewed by Carly Lane

For a lot of people, the idea of being “fashionable” is rather intangible. It’s this nice thing that you might try every now and then, but truly fashionable people seem to live in far off places, drinking martinis and lounging around on the decks of their yachts. I, for one, read the occasional Vogue magazine and get from cover to cover without seeing a single thing that I could incorporate into my everyday suburban life. It’s all just a lot of pretty pictures.

So, you can imagine how delighted I was to find out that What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style by Kim Johnson Gross is actually a fashion guide for the rest of us. The book gives loads of practical tips, such as how to dress for your height and when to wear those scarves you bought on vacation last year. The instructions are simple, the examples are understandable, and I really felt like the author had gone into my closet and given it new life.

My favorite part of the book was the chapter on shopping sensibly. It broke down the process of shopping on a budget and explained that you didn’t have to compromise your style, regardless of your weight or what you have to spend. The simple tips were interspersed with quotes from real women about the post-shopping messes they had found themselves in and the clever tricks that worked for them. Best of all, the author passed on some great sources for finding stylish clothes online at a fraction of the price they would be in high-end department stores.

I own a few other books about fashion, including the books from the editors of Lucky and InStyle magazine. I have to say,What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life blew them out of the water. It was a fun, quick read and I’ve definitely thought twice about what outfits I’m putting together before heading out since I finished the book, even if I’m just going to the grocery store. In short, this book made fashion fun again! I’d highly recommend it.

Rating: 5/5

Carly lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their two cats. Her favorite thing to do is to curl up by a window with a library book. When she isn’t reading, she’s usually writing on her blog at www.beingcarly.com.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Springboard Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.