This book was an easy read. I read it in just a few hours, all totalled. It was lightly entertaining, and Tim Gunn has a sense of humor that shines through in his writing. However, I felt that sometimes I needed to have my dictionary next to me with some of the French quotes and large words. If you didn’t know who Tim Gunn was you’d think the author was pompous and arrogant. But he’s not; that’s just his style.
Overall, the tips and guidelines he offers didn’t hold any epiphanies for me. There was nothing earth shattering that he relayed that would alter my life. However, I didn’t know that you weren’t supposed to show bare shoulders at a wedding ceremony (unless of course you are the bride) and that you should save that for the reception. Who knew? There might be other faux pas I’ve been making, but overall, I felt satisfied that I’ve not been committing any major
fashion style transgressions. Phew. I was losing sleep over that.
I really grabbed this book because, unlike my normal choices, it has been mentioned a lot, I like Tim Gunn, and thought I’d learn something new. I didn’t. It mostly impressed me as the modern century male version of Heloise or Miss Manners.
Speaking from an editor’s (and a confessed bibliophile) perspective, the book was very well done. I liked the font, text layout, chapter intros and exits, and the illustrations. Even the size of the book (taller than wider) was enjoyable to hold. The writing was precise, had a smooth gait to it, and again, was easy to read. In fact, the editors of the book must be top notch, because I don’t think I found a single error in it. That’s rare that I don’t find at least one typo.
Bottom line: If you need something lightweight for a distraction, I’d recommend it. If you are looking for anything deep and substantive, I’d pass.