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The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age [Kindle Edition]

Lois Joy Johnson , Cheryl Tiegs
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a fashion world that constantly speaks to youth, The Wardrobe Wakeup, is an essential look book for every woman 40+. Leading fashion and beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson shares style-boosting, closet reviving, money-saving fashion tricks she’s learned over thirty years working with A-list models, celebrities, and real women.

The Wardrobe Wakeup is packed with solutions to fashion dilemmas specific to women 40+, like: changes in skin that make baring legs, arms, and chest an uncomfortable experience; working with colleagues half your age or a boss twenty years younger; going on job interviews where the competition is thirty years old. Lois also addresses fashion problems surrounding lifestyle changes including the horrors of dating again, what’s sexy vs. sleazy, and rethinking spending on clothes if living on investments or 401(k)s.

Featured in photos throughout are glam women 40+ in the fashion and beauty business. Each woman provides inspiration through interviews about their own style and fashion solutions at this time of life. In Lois’s engaging point of view and straightforward approach, she teaches women to maximize their wardrobe
and feel fabulous at any age.

Editorial Reviews


“With the help of some extraordinary women, Lois shows us that elegance is truly a discipline of life”
—Oscar de la Renta

Praise for author’s previous book, The Makeup Wakeup:

"Lois and Sandy will get you out of your beauty rut, boost your confidence, and show you that age is just a number."
— Bobbi Brown

“In a youth-obsessed culture, aging can be difficult. But celebrity makeup artists Johnson and Linter provide an age-defying beauty guide that enables women to minimize flaws and maximize their beauty. Unlike most beauty books, this resource focuses on the concerns of women entering middle age and beyond, such as sun damage, hormonal acne, sagging skin, fine lines, and thinning hair. Readers are given step-by-step makeup techniques and advice on how to deal with the inevitable changes and look their best. Celebrities and models also speak candidly about their beauty secrets and regimes. Included are color photos of actress Sigourney Weaver, singer Debbie Harry, and models Veronica Webb, Carol Alt, and Cheryl Tiegs, among others. The shots of models with and without makeup illustrate the differences correct techniques can make. For those considering cosmetic procedures, a team of medical experts discuss pros, cons, and alternatives.

Verdict: This book takes the fear out of getting older. The authors thoroughly cover what women can do to look good as they age. A highly recommended reference readers will turn to time and again.”
— Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L., Library Journal Express 3/25/11

“full of sharp advice”
—, April 2011

About the Author

As a top fashion and beauty editor, Lois Joy Johnson has spent 30+ years working with average women, models, and celebrities to redefine how women dress. She was one of the founding editors of MORE magazine and its beauty and fashion director from 1998 to 2008. Before that she was the beauty and fashion director of Ladies’ Home Journal. In these roles she interviewed and photographed hundreds of women who changed forever the way women 40+ dress, shop, and think about clothes. The list includes trend-setting designers, top news achors, iconic models, and stylish celebs, among them Norma Kamali, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Ann Curry. Lois lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2768 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (December 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4JNMP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

I love the fact that all of the models are real women over 40. Nina  |  23 reviewers made a similar statement
The book was fun and informative. Dru DeSantis  |  19 reviewers made a similar statement
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment January 28, 2013
By Anne
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book is the first thing I've ever returned to Amazon. I bought it because I read a favorable review in the newspaper but it turns out the review was misleading.

This book is written for wealthy women in the size 2 to 6 range. If I had a boat load of money and was size 2 to 6, I wouldn't need any help with my wardrobe.

The photos were not helpful. She occasionally spoke of types of clothing that I'd never heard of -- a photo would have clarified.

She describes different ways to tie scarves. Really? Describes?! Of all places where photos or, at least, diagrams -- or both -- would be expected.

There's no index, which hints at how casually the book is organized. If there's something specific you want to know about, good luck. You have to go hunting and maybe you'll find it, if you have the patience.

My advice -- save your money. Borrow the book from the library and glean what few useful tips you can.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Makeup Wakeup January 25, 2013
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book was such a disappointment. The book is a collection of tips and tricks, very few of which I'd ever use. (Wear a cardigan with sleeves tied around your waist instead of a skirt?! C'mon.) The tone and voice in this book was completely different from The Makeup Wakeup, which she co-authored with makeup artist Sandi Linter. While The Makeup Wakeup offered straightforward and no-nonsense practical advice for a variety of specific issues, this book was full of fluff delivered in a cloying "girlfriend" tone. The author's favorite catchphrase was, "Me too! Same thing!" which was repeated many times, even when it didn't make any sense in the context. I guess that was meant to communicate, "See! You and I are exactly alike! Except I am a former fashion editor! Let me show you my scrapbook! That's me with Lauren Hutton. . ."

There were one or two women in the book whose styles I admired, but many looked like they need a fashion makeover. (Me too! Same thing!)

Unlike The Makeup Wakeup, which was full of specific, step-by-step advice, this book offered almost nothing about about color, body type, fit, or different types of cuts/fabrics in skirts or jackets. . . really nothing that I would expect to see in a fashion advice text. Instead, there were a lot of little fashion-mag style blurbs, like "stop wearing short minis" and "leopard is the new neutral." (I guess so, if you want to look like a cougar.)

I bought this book after borrowing (and reluctantly returning to the library) The Makeup Wakeup. I wish I'd bought that book instead.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable December 27, 2012
By Nina
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
Every woman over 40 MUST read this marvelous book! Lois makes looking your best attainable, practical, fun and eye opening.
There are wonderful ideas about revamping clothes that seem dated, dressing appropriately and discovering your own personal
style. I love the fact that all of the models are real women over 40. They're NOT professional models and yet they look terrific.
They are confident in themselves and their appearance. I've been waiting a long time for a book that really cares about the beauty
of aging. Lois has really addressed this subject with sensitivity, knowledge and imagination. Thank you, Lois!! I've ordered 8 copies;
great gifts for every woman I know.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE disappointment May 9, 2013
I really liked Ms. Johnson's earlier book, "The Makeup Wakeup." I thought, with her long career in fashion, this book would be terrific. But it is loaded with stuff that the Brits would call "the bleedin' obvious." Such as:
- "Purge from your closet the stuff you never wear!"
- "Only buy comfortable fabrics!"
- "Only buy brands that you know look good on you!"
- "Don't dress like your teenage daughter!"
Also, like many people in the fashion industry, she has a hilariously skewed idea of what constitutes "budget" fashion. At one point she says something like, "Yes, you CAN find decent clothes at the mall!" -- going on to imply that most of the stuff at malls is cheap and of questionable quality, but if you're careful, you might score a bargain. She thinks places like Banana Republic and J. Crew are cheap, as is an $80 skirt. Not for me, they aren't. My idea of "cheap" clothing is Target and Wal-Mart. Where does she think the average American woman shops -- at the exclusive Prada showroom?
Finally, there are too few photos, and that ones that there are, have no relation to the accompanying text.
Last thing -- this is catty, and I'm sorry, but: Ms. Johnson should resist the temptation to cram her books with so many photos of herself. (This was REALLY a problem in her makeup book.) With no lips, a bad nose-job, and long, bright yellow hair that looks frankly ridiculous on someone who's clearly at least 60 (she thinks it's "statement hair").... well, 'nuff said.
The late Charla Krupp's books were miles better than this one. I suspect all the glowing reviews of Johnson's book are from her friends.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Helpful, Not Worth the Price April 29, 2013
By caroleS
I love the idea of this book, but it was a waste of time and money. The authors seem to assume everyone has a closet full of amazing designer and unique clothes that simply need a little "editing" to fit and look good on women over 40. The examples of gorgeous women wearing unique clothes couldn't be less helpful to those of us who are average and looking for suggestions of how to dress attractively as we get older.

Perhaps the book is useful to women who have a robust wardrobe and lots of money/time to spend shopping. If you're not one of them, this probably isn't the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars some great, some good, some bad
i will be up front about a few things... i am going to school for fashion design, in my 40s. this means i have something of the background to understand the author. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Kirsten M. Houseknecht
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wardrobe Wakeup
This is a great book for those who have reached an age or stage where we are stuck for what to wear and worse yet, what not to wear. Lots of style tips and ideas for any occasion. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Leanne
5.0 out of 5 stars First lesson on change
Great information!!!!!!! Now I'm going to start shopping for my new look . Can't wait to implement her ideas now.
Published 14 days ago by Sannnelson
1.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fashion for frugal frumps, or, time to clean out the closet
First impressions: book looks attractive, heavy-duty glossy paper, readable type for those aging eyes, lots of white space enveloping equal amounts of fluffy prose. Read more
Published 17 days ago by JoAnne Goldberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Self congratulating
I read the review in Bookpage and thought this was exactly the book I've been looking for - contemporary fashion for the aging body. Read more
Published 27 days ago by S. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic guide to dressing as women age
I enjoyed reading this book; it is helpfully broken down into easily-digestible snippets and, unlike so many of these kinds of books, uses REAL women (although admittedly fairly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MC Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Written for women born before 1955
Although the subtitle suggests that this is a guide for looking good at any age, I sense it is really for women over age 60. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book With Good Fashion Tips
This book gives you many ideas on how to dress for your age with style. It also shares ideas on ways you can save money and update your wardrobe....and the advise goings on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaylil
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, motivational and full of great tips!
Brought this with me on a girlfriends weekend and it was a bit hit. Something for everyone and really got us inspired to check out our closests and our favorite store sales to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by robinlcarmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars A great closet booster
Not my first trip around the block with a wardrobe book, and appreciated that this was geared to others with a few fashion years under our belts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Muffy
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