Picks and Pans Review: Does This Make Me Look Fat?
updated 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
by Leah Feldon
Anyone who has asked the question that forms this book's title probably knows that if an outfit has horizontal stripes, could double as a pup tent or shows how much your midsection resembles Santa's, the answer is yes. But this chatty, entertaining illustrated volume by fashion guru Feldon, author of three previous how-to-dress books, offers up some useful skinny on looking svelte—and shunning spandex is just the beginning. Do you like bright colors? Sorry: Dark neutrals, preferably a single shade worn head to toe, are the most slimming. Favor short sleeves? Get over it: Only a "total twig" can carry them off.
Feldon counters the bad news with some useful tips on achieving "camouflage chic." If you're long-waisted, for instance, wearing belts the same color as the lower half of your outfit will help you look lean and leggy. Short-waisted types of all heights will get a better (read slimmer-looking) fit in the petites department. Not riveting reading, perhaps—Fat is a book to be, er, skimmed. But consider this: "Smiling crotches," Feldon writes (referring to "those dreaded horizontal lines that you get across the front" of too-tight pants), "are not happy crotches." Words to live by. (Villard, $24.95)
Bottom Line: Solid advice on looking anything but