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- SynopsisRita Farro is on a mission to knock down fashion barriers for overweight women and strengthen their self esteem in the process. This how-to road map helps readers evaluate their best features and develop their own personal style. Includes a special appendix for sewing clothes.
- AuthorRita Farro
- Number Of Pages144 pages
- Publication Date1997-01-01
- PublisherKrause Publications
- Publication Year1997
- Copyright Date1997
- Weight17.6 Oz
- Height0.4 In.
- Width8.2 In.
- Length10.9 In.
- LC Classification NumberTT507.F33 1996
- Dewey Decimal646/.34
- Dewey Edition20
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- dejafooie08 May, 2009by
Life Is Not A Dress Size!
Rita Farro is a charming woman who, once upon a time, thought she was too fat to have nice clothing, a great hairstyle, a job of her own...or even a life. Then came her wake-up call, the day when the fabric store she and her husband was set to open. And she had nothing presentable to wear. Sound familiar? To a lot of women, this is all too true. They've gained a little weight and, because they are unable to deal with it, they hide themselves away at home, feel miserable, ignore the whole thing and continue to despise themselves for letting this awful thing called 'fat' happen. But Rita no longer had the gift of time to worry about what she looked like. She had to get a businesslike ensemble together by the time her store opened in 2 days. Somehow, she found the courage to go through her fabrics and choose something appropriate, then go through her patterns and find something in the dreaded Size 22 that would work. And sit down to construct a basic dress which would look professional and feel comfortable. She managed, stood behind the counter on opening day and got through it. Next day, it was easier; day after, easier still. The day she was complimented by a customer on her 'home made' dress, she realized that she was no longer just a 'fat' woman. Instead, she was running a business, helping customers coordinate their ideas, selling patterns in sizes larger than a 16 and enjoying it. Out of Ms. Farro's experiences came "Life Is Not a Dress Size," a witty book about dressing the body you have as opposed to waiting until you lose the weight. Which may be never occur, so why wait to have a great wardrobe, a good job, good friends and fun? Instead, let's do it now. And have fun she does. Instead of living in black, she adds color. Well, actually she adds colors, then plays with accessories to further the look. Granted her method might not be applicable to everyone. But remember how great that black dress you always haul out when you need something dressy looked when you borrowed your best friend's faux South Sea pearl necklace? Suddenly, you looked smashing instead of just okay. Nothing else was different, but those pearls made you look-feel like a sophisticate. Looking in the mirror, you saw a woman who didn't worry about school lunches and homework assignments. Instead, she looked like she was ready to dance all night with anyone who asked, have men rush to open doors, hold chairs and fetch champagne. Shake hands with her husband and tell him he was a lucky, lucky man. Well, that's Ms. Farro's message. And you, being you, don't believe it for a minute. Until you get through the first chapter and begin to see what she means. Her message is simple: You can look smashing at any size, so why aren't you doing just that? A few more chapters and you're going through your closet to see what is okay, great and smashing, then packaging the rest to take to a local woman's shelter where there are never enough large sizes to go around. And, one day, someone you know asks you where you go that fabulous dress...and she's a size 2! You press her hand, then tell her you made it-had it made, found it on sale at a local designer sale, etc., but that it only comes in diva sizes. Then you walk away thinking, "Poor thing, she'll just have to get over her diva envy on her own..." And you'll smile. Living well is all--ask Rita! Read full review
- sunbonnet200124 Aug, 2008by
Life is Not A Dress Size by Rita Farrow
Rita is funny and ourgareous and completely comfortable in her plus sized skin. She wears her clothes with style and panache and encourages others to do the same. This book tells you how to look your best and feel your best.