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Book Review: How to Never Look Fat Again (over 1,000 ways to dress thinner without dieting)

When Jeanne asked me to take a look at a newly published fun, fashion book and pull out some tips for summer style, I was all over it.

Then she handed me the book: How Never to Look Fat Again (Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner Without Dieting).

Hmm, should I be offended?How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp

No worries -- turns out it's clever, fun, and more about taking a practical approach to buying clothes that make you look your best. It's written by nationally-known style guru, Charla Krupp (you might know her as the author last year's NYT best-seller How to Not Look Old ... or from her many appearances on the Today show). Along with some great laughs ("Don't you dare walk around with a unibutt ... or ... settle for ugly comfort shoes"), she shares advice like which colors are "high fat" and lays out the 100 most fattening things you can wear. 

Some we already know (it's all about the "foundation garments" - see Grommet features about Sassybax), and some will help you figure out what to wear based on your own personal problem area ("arm flap," "muffin top," "wide feet," even "thick neck," etc). But Charla includes seasonal rules too -- and graciously agreed to let us share a bit with you.  Her 3 summer "uniforms" for summertime were my favorite section, and I hope they'll inspire you too.

Leave a comment today and we'll select one lucky reader to win a copy of How Never to Look Fat Again!

Enjoy and happy shopping ...

Your Dress-Thinner Strategy for Summer
Three New Summer Uniforms - by Charla Krupp

1)  Instead of wearing the same dark pants and jackets that you wore day in, day out the rest of the year, let's lighten up for the season in style. If you love pants and your butt is not your problem, choose white or khaki and pair them with a crip tunic. Add the highest sandal that you can walk in, plus a hoop earring and a stack of bangles and you're good to go. Tory Burch is the designer responsible for bringing back this sixties-style tunic. There's a new one from her each season in different prints and embroidered trims, and it often becomes the best seller in every collection. Why do women love the tunic? "It's an incredibly flattering silhouette," says Tory. Over a skinny pair of jeans, it looks elegant and it's so forgiving. For someone who isn't in the best shape she's ever been in, the tunic makes her look elegant and smooth." You can find tunics now everywhere and at every price point. Even at Chico's!

How to Never Look Fat Again2)  When you're not wearing a tunic, and you need a layer of warmth in overly air-conditioned  offices, movie theaters, or airplanes, invest in summer-weight cashmere V-neckss or long cardigans in yummy colors. Layer over body-shaper camisoles, bare tops, or dresses.

3)  A third, easy summer option is a fresh dress in a pretty pattern. One zip and you're done. You don't have to worry about tops and bottoms. Add the same accesssories -- high strappy sandal, a hoop earring, a stack of bangles -- and you're about to embark on a no-fat summer!


General contest rules:  To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question for Charla. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive "How to Never Look Fat Again." Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run through 10pm EST March 8, 2010.


  • Andi Says:

    This book sounds interesting and entertaining, and I can use some extra tips!

  • Laurel S. Says:

    Need all the tips I can get! I didn't even realize there was such a book, thanks for the heads up! Will be keeping fingers crossed it will be in my hands shortly. :)

  • Bonnie Says:

    I love magic! Would love a copy!

  • laura hamrick Says:

    Love it! I just got back from a morning walk with my puppy. Always looking for ways to stay fit and look trim! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Sharon H Says:

    What a great idea for a book!
    Anyone, no matter how thin or not,can look heavy in the wrong clothes.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • Valerie Chaisson Says:

    Awesome tips- I would nominate myself for a what not to wear segment, but hopefully these ideas can go with me to the store-

  • Eileen Morrison Says:

    Sometimes a fresh perspective is what you need to update your look based on how you look now and what is fashionable for adult women now. The book sounds like fun and I look forward to reading it and putting my best face forward for spring!

  • Sarah Says:

    What a great reminder that we can ALL look great with a little fashion know-how (regardless of our size). I'd love to read these tips!

  • Jami Baker Says:

    Love the spring fashion tips. I always enjoy learning new tips and tricks in looking skinner.

  • Penny Peyrot Says:

    OOOOOOHHHH my(hairstyling) clients and I would love to read this book!! I have fashionable clients of all sizes who love tips while eating chips and dips

  • Julia Says:

    Now this is a book every woman could use! I'd love to read/hear more about types of dresses the author recommends. I love summer dresses because they make it easy for me to get dressed. I'm not someone who enjoys shopping, and I have no fashion sense. But I often feel quite huge in summer dresses - especially ones with patterns on them. So I'd love to learn a bit more about how to pick the right dresses!

  • Angela S Says:

    I could really use some tips to help minimize the muffin top. And high waisted body skimmers show through! The book sounds fabulous and I can't wait to check it out!

  • Jeanne Says:

    Congratulations Eileen! You were randomly selected as today's winner. Send me your address and the book is yours ... and feel free to stop back and upload a picture of yourself modeling your perfect summer outfit! Thanks everyone for joining in - and thanks, Charla, for sharing your tips with us.

  • Praise for HOW TO NEVER LOOK FAT AGAIN! : Springboard Press Says:

    [...] and more about taking a practical approach to buying clothes that make you look your best.” -DailyGrommet.com, review and featured the “Three New Summer [...]

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