Take a page from these fashionistas’ new books

By Anne Bratskeir, Newsday
Posted April 04, 2011, at 6:38 p.m.

After one of the worst winters we can remember, well, hallelujah, it is finally spring, a time for refreshing, renewing and revitalizing. But how to dig out of the doldrums?

Three books provide great advice on ways to look better, shop better and feel better — all with fabulously unique perspectives.

Style expert Charla Krupp answers the question (and girls, you know you’ve asked it), “Do I look fat in this?” Probably yes, she says, and her book tells how not to. Sharyne Wolfe, a Nassau (N.Y.) Community College professor of fashion design, is a bargain shopper and imparts her wisdom. Then there’s Lauren Ruotolo, whose diminutive stature (she’s 4’2” due to a medical condition) has not hindered her philosophy on living large, no matter what the obstacles.

Krupp says, “My book is about empowering women to look their best every day.” But bottom line, each of these authors wants to empower you in one way or another. Read up, and catch spring fever in the best possible way.

The three books are “How to Never Look Fat Again,” by Krupp (Central Publishing, $15.99);  “The Fashionista’s Shopping Guide to the Galaxy of Discount New York Fashion,” by Wolfe ($15, Create Space); and “Unstoppable in Stilettos, a Girl’s Guide to Living Tall in a Small World,” by Ruotolo ($14.95, Health Communications Inc).

Krupp’s best advice: “Don’t wear clothes that are too big. A lot of women are unhappy with their bodies and they walk around with clothes that don’t show off their figures and look like blobs.”

Wolfe’s best advice: “Use your fashion eye, discriminate and look for good quality. … Wait until May to buy spring clothes. You’re not wearing them now, and you will get some of the  best bargains then.”

Ruotolo’s best advice: “Look the part you want to play in life, and then people will treat you the way you want to be treated.” And for spring? “Buy stiletto sandals or open-toe shoes — they’re very freeing.”

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