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Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Here is only the content that matters—wardrobe classics, leather, denim, suits, dressing in black and white, dressing up, getting the right fit, layering, acc Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Here is only the content that matters—wardrobe classics, leather, denim, suits, dressing in black and white, dressing up, getting the right fit, layering, accessories, and hair. Linett’s fashion philosophy is illustrated through precise tips and photos of women who do it right, and from them we learn how to develop personal style. Did you think a “Canadian tuxedo” (denim on denim) was an absolute faux pas? Not if you pair the right shades of denim and dress it up with some serious heels. Were you under the impression that your hair should get shorter with age? That rule no longer exists. Do you want to know how to wear black and white pieces together without looking like a cater waiter? The black and white chapter is filled with some ingenious examples. Finally, Linett rounds out the book with checklists, including must-haves for a hardworking wardrobe, how to breathe new life into old pieces, how to make a trend your own, and how to make sure everything you buy actually fits.


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Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Here is only the content that matters—wardrobe classics, leather, denim, suits, dressing in black and white, dressing up, getting the right fit, layering, acc Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Here is only the content that matters—wardrobe classics, leather, denim, suits, dressing in black and white, dressing up, getting the right fit, layering, accessories, and hair. Linett’s fashion philosophy is illustrated through precise tips and photos of women who do it right, and from them we learn how to develop personal style. Did you think a “Canadian tuxedo” (denim on denim) was an absolute faux pas? Not if you pair the right shades of denim and dress it up with some serious heels. Were you under the impression that your hair should get shorter with age? That rule no longer exists. Do you want to know how to wear black and white pieces together without looking like a cater waiter? The black and white chapter is filled with some ingenious examples. Finally, Linett rounds out the book with checklists, including must-haves for a hardworking wardrobe, how to breathe new life into old pieces, how to make a trend your own, and how to make sure everything you buy actually fits.

30 review for The Cool Factor: A Guide to Achieving Effortless Style, with Secrets from the Women Who Have It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This book just confirms something that I've always known-I am NOT cool. I do not dress cool and I do not have effortless style. Oh well. Those who do need people like me to make them look even better than they already do. And I'm pretty sure that I am not going to wear black crew socks with high heels, even if someone tries to tell me that it is cool. This book just confirms something that I've always known-I am NOT cool. I do not dress cool and I do not have effortless style. Oh well. Those who do need people like me to make them look even better than they already do. And I'm pretty sure that I am not going to wear black crew socks with high heels, even if someone tries to tell me that it is cool.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Lots of denim, jumpsuits, neutrals, and the same old basics (white shirt, trench coat), livened up somewhat by interviews with the author's cool Brooklyn friends. The cool friends tend to say that they don't care about labels AT ALL, no they are not those people, but then will rattle off the names of their favorite niche designers or identify their favorite items of clothing by label. (Like the people in Architectural Digest who say, "oh, we are unpretentious folks who just like to play with the Lots of denim, jumpsuits, neutrals, and the same old basics (white shirt, trench coat), livened up somewhat by interviews with the author's cool Brooklyn friends. The cool friends tend to say that they don't care about labels AT ALL, no they are not those people, but then will rattle off the names of their favorite niche designers or identify their favorite items of clothing by label. (Like the people in Architectural Digest who say, "oh, we are unpretentious folks who just like to play with the kids and dogs and eat take-out Chinese," and then their living room is all white.) This book is thin on content/ideas/diversity. It is interesting to think of distilling an intangible (NY "cool") down to a set of practices, but I don't think this book quite succeeds.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    I would have given this three stars if I hadn't travelled to Portugal and seen the genuine effortless style of European women. It made the tips on "classiness" of this book seem silly and contrived. I would have given this three stars if I hadn't travelled to Portugal and seen the genuine effortless style of European women. It made the tips on "classiness" of this book seem silly and contrived.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    1/2/2017 - I grabbed this book at the library because 1) a friend mentioned it and 2) I liked The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own and I Want to be Her. Houston, we have a problem. The first chapter is title Why Denim Means Everything to Me. If I wrote a style book, my chapter would be title Why Denim Means Nothing to Me. I do not own a pair of jeans, and I do not see their value.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Jen I couldn't finish this book. I'm okay with saying "I'm not cool enough" but I don't think that is the only issue. The whole first chapter is dedicated to blue jeans, including "The Canadian Suit" which is blue jeans paired with a blue jean shirt. This book felt like a big time warp to the Eighties. I flipped back to the publishing date just to verify it really was a new book. Not my style. Jen I couldn't finish this book. I'm okay with saying "I'm not cool enough" but I don't think that is the only issue. The whole first chapter is dedicated to blue jeans, including "The Canadian Suit" which is blue jeans paired with a blue jean shirt. This book felt like a big time warp to the Eighties. I flipped back to the publishing date just to verify it really was a new book. Not my style.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I agree with the reviewer who said that this book was like a car wreck that she couldn't look away from. It's too bad, because this book has some useful tips about how to wear basics in interesting ways I haven't tried before. The premise is interesting. The author invited women she considered to have cool style to bring their own clothes in for a 4 day photoshoot, 33 women + the author were photographed for the book. I had to check the publication date (2016) because I couldn't believe it was pu I agree with the reviewer who said that this book was like a car wreck that she couldn't look away from. It's too bad, because this book has some useful tips about how to wear basics in interesting ways I haven't tried before. The premise is interesting. The author invited women she considered to have cool style to bring their own clothes in for a 4 day photoshoot, 33 women + the author were photographed for the book. I had to check the publication date (2016) because I couldn't believe it was published the same year as #oscarssowhite. Should I call it #fashionsowhite? 31/34 of the subjects were white (including white latinas), 2 were black and one was Asian. It was especially jarring because Linett wrote that she strived for diversity. Yes, some of the women were older and larger than size 8. But, how can her sample be so white? I see a lot of cool Asian women on the west coast. Is it that different in NY? Seeing how Michelle Quan--the impossibly gorgeous, tall and thin model that was the face of Geoffrey Beene--dresses was not especially helpful. https://www.mandatory.com/living/9294... The featured women like clothes and tend to buy some pricey designer clothes. They do add vintage and cheap chic things like t-shirts from Walmart. I found that incredibly tone-deaf because the clothes that are supposed to be relatable and real are from businesses that produce their clothes in irresponsible and dangerous factories. There are better producers of affordable clothes. Maybe cool women don't care about the safety and well-being of the women who produced their clothes? The shoes are mostly not for walking. Stilettos require taxis, which are another tone-deaf note while cars are emitting so much of the CO2 causing global warming. This is a really bad book with nice photographs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    Andrea Lee Linett has been telling me what is cool since I was 12, and honestly, she's right. This book is kind of like an updated Cheap and Chic, in that she recommends regulation French military shirts and consults with actual cool women on what they like to wear. I appreciate her candor in appraising details (too small front pockets on a denim jacket make it look 'cheap and junior's department' -- TRUE). Sassy magazine readers will nod sagely to see her career-long biases come thru (clogs! ves Andrea Lee Linett has been telling me what is cool since I was 12, and honestly, she's right. This book is kind of like an updated Cheap and Chic, in that she recommends regulation French military shirts and consults with actual cool women on what they like to wear. I appreciate her candor in appraising details (too small front pockets on a denim jacket make it look 'cheap and junior's department' -- TRUE). Sassy magazine readers will nod sagely to see her career-long biases come thru (clogs! vests!) yet again, but not in a 'you are tacky' kind of way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne White

    Read it and confirmed that I'll never be one of the cool kids. But that's okay. Read it and confirmed that I'll never be one of the cool kids. But that's okay.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terri Durling

    Most of these style books are the same but I can't seem to resist them so here I go again. This was one of the best and I thoroughly enjoyed the approach taken by Andrea Linett in writing this guide to achieving effortless style with secrets from women who have it. It had great photos and suggestions and all the women were fairly mature which in itself was positive. They all had great stye and showed it modelling their very own outfits and how they get their individual looks. Some I liked more t Most of these style books are the same but I can't seem to resist them so here I go again. This was one of the best and I thoroughly enjoyed the approach taken by Andrea Linett in writing this guide to achieving effortless style with secrets from women who have it. It had great photos and suggestions and all the women were fairly mature which in itself was positive. They all had great stye and showed it modelling their very own outfits and how they get their individual looks. Some I liked more than others but they all had a look that was uniquely their own and they all owned their looks with the confidence of women who know what works for them. A great addition to my style fashion library.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JDAZDesigns

    I continue to check out books like this for the same reason one can't help but look at the aftermath of an accident on the expressway. There are as many authors who write about 'creating your personal style' as there are cars driving around LA... And there are as many suckers who buy them! All hoping to find, as Andrea Linett touts on the cover, the secret to [insert adjective of your choice here]. One can learn style - through trial and error and living and breathing and being - but, one cannot be I continue to check out books like this for the same reason one can't help but look at the aftermath of an accident on the expressway. There are as many authors who write about 'creating your personal style' as there are cars driving around LA... And there are as many suckers who buy them! All hoping to find, as Andrea Linett touts on the cover, the secret to [insert adjective of your choice here]. One can learn style - through trial and error and living and breathing and being - but, one cannot be taught style! One star for content Two stars for presentation (I have always liked a glossy magazine.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deodand

    I took a quick run through the epub version of this book on my desktop. It's got some useful advice about layering and shoe types. I don't think it will age well, which is a problem shared in this genre. Also, the advice boils down to needing money, and lots of it, to buy the very best simple basics you can afford. Also you want to spend a lot of money on your hair. Oh, and you'll need to be skinny, too. I took a quick run through the epub version of this book on my desktop. It's got some useful advice about layering and shoe types. I don't think it will age well, which is a problem shared in this genre. Also, the advice boils down to needing money, and lots of it, to buy the very best simple basics you can afford. Also you want to spend a lot of money on your hair. Oh, and you'll need to be skinny, too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    This is by far the best style/fashion book I’ve read. Andrea didn’t simply present the do’s and dont’s of styling like most books I’ve read, but instead, interviewed different women from different walks of life and asked them about their style, fashion, dos, and dont’s, and so forth. The presentation overall was very clever and downright chic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenna 📚

    The photography was well done. Easy flow to the book, colorful pics and writing. So much denim.... denim, denim, denim. No mix of body types. Every model was the same. Socks with sandals and dress shoes??? I lost all trust in the “expert” at that point.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Meh. This was just okay, mostly because it didn't feel very original to me. Also, some of what she calls classics actually seem like pieces that are trending again right now (like jumpsuits, stripes, denim on denim, etc.). For example, Target's new line, Universal Threads, is following a lot of these cues.Perhaps it's that trends right now are moving more towards "classic" staples, or maybe she is actually a style influencer. I think it's more likely she's following trends herself. I've been wat Meh. This was just okay, mostly because it didn't feel very original to me. Also, some of what she calls classics actually seem like pieces that are trending again right now (like jumpsuits, stripes, denim on denim, etc.). For example, Target's new line, Universal Threads, is following a lot of these cues.Perhaps it's that trends right now are moving more towards "classic" staples, or maybe she is actually a style influencer. I think it's more likely she's following trends herself. I've been watching a lot of youtube videos on fashion lately, and many of them on capsule wardrobes draw from similar inspiration. Regardless, I enjoyed some of the pictures but didn't feel particularly enlightened or inspired by anything in the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole C

    This book is for white women who are tall and have no curves or chest area. The affluence is overwhelming. Yes, there were a few people of colour, but they were minimally featured. Kudos for boosting thrifting and longevity of pieces in your closet, but if you want readers to know how to style them 1) GIVE US VISUALS for more than a select number of items 2) promote body and ability diversity. For those of us who are more curvy and well endowed, layering (for instance) may look extremely differen This book is for white women who are tall and have no curves or chest area. The affluence is overwhelming. Yes, there were a few people of colour, but they were minimally featured. Kudos for boosting thrifting and longevity of pieces in your closet, but if you want readers to know how to style them 1) GIVE US VISUALS for more than a select number of items 2) promote body and ability diversity. For those of us who are more curvy and well endowed, layering (for instance) may look extremely different than the bodies described above.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Lozano

    Meh. As an older Millennial, this book perfectly describes the style I had in University. For some inexplicable reason, hipsters have made this 'cool'. I'm a bit dressier now (ok, a lot dressier - think somewhere between Claire from 'House of Cards' and hyper modern sci-fi style). This book is great for creative types and young people who are trying to figure out basic style. But if you have developed a more chic take on style, this is not for you. Meh. As an older Millennial, this book perfectly describes the style I had in University. For some inexplicable reason, hipsters have made this 'cool'. I'm a bit dressier now (ok, a lot dressier - think somewhere between Claire from 'House of Cards' and hyper modern sci-fi style). This book is great for creative types and young people who are trying to figure out basic style. But if you have developed a more chic take on style, this is not for you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah R

    Way too much denim - but somehow I found this a refreshing style book. I think the writing style and layout were a bit lacking at times, but the concept is great. I wish more people would reduplicate it: getting a lot of stylish women to bring trunks of their favorite items then style them for photos. I flipped through it and didn't read cover-to-cover. Kind of like reading a style magazine. Wouldn't buy it, but got some great inspiration from the outfits these stylish ladies put together. Way too much denim - but somehow I found this a refreshing style book. I think the writing style and layout were a bit lacking at times, but the concept is great. I wish more people would reduplicate it: getting a lot of stylish women to bring trunks of their favorite items then style them for photos. I flipped through it and didn't read cover-to-cover. Kind of like reading a style magazine. Wouldn't buy it, but got some great inspiration from the outfits these stylish ladies put together.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Jammies? Where is the section on jammies? Jammies can be cool... or warm and fuzzy... or sexy... LOL!!! OK, being serious now! I am vertically challenged and slightly round... so, "cool" is not me! BUT, I do love to flip through books like this (or Pinterest) and find an outfit that will fit my body shape and appeals to my sense of style... then go THRIFTING to find the pieces that I need, that I don't already have in my closet, at a price I can afford ... *grin* Jammies? Where is the section on jammies? Jammies can be cool... or warm and fuzzy... or sexy... LOL!!! OK, being serious now! I am vertically challenged and slightly round... so, "cool" is not me! BUT, I do love to flip through books like this (or Pinterest) and find an outfit that will fit my body shape and appeals to my sense of style... then go THRIFTING to find the pieces that I need, that I don't already have in my closet, at a price I can afford ... *grin*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sukyong Suh

    Competently put together, goes down easy in an appealing way. Good enough for the kind of light reading I like to do while blow drying. Not particularly memorable nor inspiring. The obsession with jeans and leather jackets and white shirts and t shirts is not as universally useful as Linnet seems to think.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A good book if you're trying to rethink your personal style. I gave it three stars because a lot of the advice ends up being somewhat formulaic or generic. Still, there are plenty of solid tips in here, particularly about understanding fit and qualities to look for in wardrobe staples like a jean jacket or button-up shirt. A good book if you're trying to rethink your personal style. I gave it three stars because a lot of the advice ends up being somewhat formulaic or generic. Still, there are plenty of solid tips in here, particularly about understanding fit and qualities to look for in wardrobe staples like a jean jacket or button-up shirt.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Booklover

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lots of great tips, but most useful p. 209 Things that should fit small Ankle boots -around the ankle so legs don't look heavy Cardigans for layering Long Tanks Skinny Jeans T-shirts Lots of great tips, but most useful p. 209 Things that should fit small Ankle boots -around the ankle so legs don't look heavy Cardigans for layering Long Tanks Skinny Jeans T-shirts

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Parnham

    An impulsive waste of money.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Chenoweth

    This was disappointing. It should be called "Only Read This if you Have LOTS of Disposable Income for Clothes." Also, there was a definite lack of diversity in the women profiled. This was disappointing. It should be called "Only Read This if you Have LOTS of Disposable Income for Clothes." Also, there was a definite lack of diversity in the women profiled.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hamilton

    I liked the fashion tips in this book and thought it was full of practical and valuable information. Only four stars because I was dying to know more about the featured women!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Style books are always a snapshot of what is in style at the time of publication...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Hobson

    Worth flipping through

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    All the same sized women. All with large bank accounts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Viscera

    The cutting-edge writing helped to give the story a touch of realism which could otherwise had been missing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Malasky

    From the outset you are gripped with Linett giving enough detail as you go along as not to drag.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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