"The meaning of the term well-dressed is to be attired in clothing that is of good quality, is properly fitted, and is appropriate and becoming."

An argument could be made that, since personal and career success often stems from self-confidence, and since self-confidence often comes from dressing well, that dressing well can lead to success. Joubert makes a compelling case for her assertion and follows up by offering comprehensive aesthetic guidance for women of all ages.

Readers will start by determining the basics of their ideal mix-and-match wardrobe based on their lifestyle. This is followed by personalized assessments of the reader’s body scale, body shape, style personality, face shape, neckline type, arm length, and bust type. Each assessment area is accompanied by an explanation of which style of clothing works best for women with certain characteristics. Readers will learn, for example, that the cowl neckline works best for women who have a lean body shape, long neck figure, and a small to medium bust. The rest of the book features explanations of skin undertones and dominant colors, the color wheel, and care tips for clothing.

A book like Joubert’s could have easily fallen prey to a narrow, materialistic mindset, but the author has successfully avoided this pitfall by emphasizing inner beauty and self-confidence as well as outer beauty. Toward the end of the book, Joubert discusses bullying and how to stop it and overcome its long-term effects. She explores the foundation of healthy relationship and self-acceptance. These sections nicely balance the earlier discussions of aesthetics. Also helpful is the practical guidance the author offers in many of the sections—from how to walk in high heels to how to iron different types of clothing properly. Overall, this guidebook offers a comprehensive look at the mastery of everyday life for modern women.

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