KIRKUS REVIEWS NAMES QUINTESSENTIAL STYLE ONE OF BEST BOOKS OF 2015!
Many style guides are prescriptive, insisting, for example, that every woman have a crisp white shirt and a tailored suit in her closet. But what if a woman doesn’t look good in white, or a busy stay-at-home mom has no use for a suit? Rather than telling readers how they’re supposed to look, Beatty’s debut takes a more individualized approach to developing personal style. “The depth of our beauty lies in our diversity,” she says. However, she doesn’t dismiss the importance of clothes: “Style is all about communicating who you are through the language of clothing.” Beatty focuses on helping readers express who they are through a signature style; in the process, they’ll improve their sense of confidence and self-empowerment. The book is aimed primarily at middle-aged women—the chapter on skin care focuses on the aging face, for instance—yet younger women just starting to discover their unique style can also benefit from Beatty’s clear, informative advice. The slim book can be read in one sitting, so readers can get to work putting the advice into practice right away. Simple worksheets, guidelines, and rules show readers how to craft a personal style statement, build a wardrobe, and become savvier shoppers, while inspirational quotes and anecdotes maintain reader interest. The helpful skin care chart guides readers through the dizzying array of available beauty products and helps them save money in the process. Yet some sections, such as the skimpy chapter on color, could use more explanation, and the body shapes chapter veers into the technical, requiring readers to take a lot of measurements to put the advice to work. Positivity dominates this style guide, urging women to enjoy dressing the body they have now, rather than comparing themselves with celebrities or models.
A helpful starting place for women seeking positive advice on how to define their signature style . . .”
Pamela Lutrell, editor of Over Fifty Feeling 40.
” Quintessential Style: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look, is my latest read and has many good guidelines for us to consider as we learn how to be uniquely awesome for a variety of lifestyles…Their book includes important information from body proportion lessons to closet control; but, the most interesting chapter for me included some different takes on wearing colors.
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September 8, 2015
Susan Street, editor of Fifty, not Frumpy.
“Some of you know that I have been working on a book of my own, however after reading this one I realize all of the things I wanted to share with you have been succinctly stated here. It includes everything you need to know to create a style that is right for you and your unique personality and body.”
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August 22, 2015
Featured in the June 2015 Issue
Women’s Business Edition of Tex Appeal Magazine (May, 2015).
“Quintessential Style: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look,” by Janna Beatty and Sharon White, goes beyond the how-to of style to discuss the why. Beatty’s aim is to guide women in creating a sense of personal style by delving into who they are as individuals, then teaching them how they can communicate that sense of self to the rest of the world…