Picks and Pans Review: The Complete Bonnie August Dress Thin System

updated 06/08/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bonnie August with Ellen Count

For women who have wearied of the numerical approach to good looks fostered by Bo Derek, August, a Coty Award-winning designer for Dan skin, and her co-author, a New York fashion writer, offer an alphabetical alternative. Alas, it's not easy as A-B-C The book is packed with fashion tips (642, to be exact) about how to look thinner by choosing clothes that hide figure flaws and accentuate good points. But there's a little too much advanced calculus in August's system of letters to identify prevailing body shapes, which the reader then combines into her own "Body Type monogram"—for instance, "bAT" for big tummy, heavy lower torso and thin legs. Drawings illustrating the dos and don'ts (it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between them) also complicate an otherwise commonsense guide for the okay woman who aspires to an occasional "Wow!" (Rawson, Wade, $12.95)

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