Although this book was written 25 years ago, it is still a great book. All of the rules for selecting classic fashion still apply today including investment buying, quality, personal grooming and more. For example, I bought this book in my early 20s when I just starting a corporate career. It helped me so much in planning a wardrobe that could be used for work and play. One of the sections that really stuck with me talked about always taking care of your hands because many people notice those first. If they are well cared for then that indicates upper class; whereas on the other hand, poorly cared for hands indicate lower class. Hence I have always conditioned and manicured my hands and never bite my nails! Lots of lessons to be learned here :)
5-star review at amazon:
By A Customer
I loved this book when first came out in the mid-eighties and am ecstatic to see this new reprint. It's one fashion book that should be in print forever since the information it offers is timeless. It's got a really original and interesting take on what makes for an elite monied look, and then goes on to tell you just how to achieve that look for yourself, even without a trust fund backing you up. It's also great fun to read. You have to admire Feldon (admittedly one of my favorite fashion authors) for writing a style book almost 17 years ago that is is still relevant and right on target today. I highly reccommend it!
Product Description (amazon)
Dressing Rich means dressing with elegance, class, and taste. It is the understated, sophisticated, classic look that has been the signature of stylish women from Garbo to Jackie O. Fashion trends may change from season to season, but the concepts of elegance and classic chic defy time and will always be a winning constant.
In Dressing Rich: A Guide to Classic Chic for Women with More Taste than Money style guru Leah Feldon gives you all the strategies you need to put together a look that is polished, prosperous, elegant and chicâeven on a shoestring. With the wit and insight that has propelled her to the top of her field, Feldon details the earmarks of a status look, as she offers practical advice on how to achieve them. She offers the bottom line on wardrobe basics, fabrics, color, design, handbags, and hairdos, and shows you that what you lack in capital you can make up for with savvy, imagination, resourcefulness, and a winning spirit.
book is dated, and the suggestions are really not appropriate for women in the 2,000's.