Friday, August 20, 2010

Good Girls don't have to Dress Bad by Shari Braendel

Oh, my goodness. This book is just absolutely wonderful. I have notes upon notes that I've been taking on this book. I'm going to require my 15 year-old to read it as part of school. I'm working on a study guide for her. My college aged daughter that is a business major is also wanting to read this book. It is just fabulous! The author covers everything and I mean everything about fashion. She doesn't leave a stone unturned. She covers it all from head to toe. The introduction is excellent too. The author talks about importance of outward as well as inner beauty. This was one book I was very glad I was able to hop on board with the tour. This book is almost like a choose your own adventure. You can skip over parts that don't pertain to your body type, face type or fashion style. The author puts it all plain and simple. She tells it like it is.

The book starts out with your wardrobe, helping you determine your body type moves on to best color for you and accessorizing your wardrobe. Shari also helps you with the undergarments and she even included a chapter on swimwear. Making a statement with our hair and make up is next in line. She helps in determining your best hair style for your face shape. Talks about glasses best for you and the list goes on. Jeans, a girl's best friend, are the next stop with a whole chapter dedicated to them. The final chapter is on shopping for your wardrobe. Braendel shares lists of things to put in your wardrobe, those must haves and all. I'm ready to start shopping, well after I clean out the wardrobe. Be as plain as you wish or as creative as you dare; the tips are all in this book. I loved this book and I give it a 5 star with a chic charm hanging from each star. If you are really into fashion or if you would like to be then this is the book for you.

Read the introduction and first chapter here.

In Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad, Shari Braendel teaches you how to appreciate the body God gave you and how to always look your best-from conquering the battle of finding the right swimsuit, to choosing how many bangles you should wear or how big your purse should be, to wearing the right style jeans that will best flatter your thighs or hips, to finding the best places to shop to suit your unique personal style.

Many of us are watching reality TV shows to get a clue on how to dress right and look good. We hungrily purchase fashion magazines any time the cover article has something to do with how we can hide our despised body parts. We make mad dashes to the local department store to pick up the new anti-wrinkle cream Oprah promised will take ten years away from our face.

We care about how we look. Why is that? Because we're women, and women love to look and feel good. God made us that way. And this is not a bad thing. In fact, it's a wonderful thing. God loves beauty. He doesn't want us to reflect his image being sloppy, disheveled women of God who don't pay any attention to what we look like.

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad will show you how to look and feel your best, no matter what day it is or what the occasion. And it will also stop you from screaming at the top of your lungs, "I have nothing to wear."

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad
By Shari Braenden
208 Pages
PUB DATE: July 2010

Shari Braendel is a sought-after speaker for Christian women’s retreats, conferences, and youth events all over the nation. A fabulous, fun, and refreshing fashionista, she regularly hosts workshops for women to help them appreciate their beauty, discover their natural assets, and learn what to wear so they can look and feel their best.

Learn more about Shari at

Where did you get the idea for the book?
My speaking platform is fashion with a faith emphasis. I have been involved with the fashion industry longer than I’ve been a Christian so pulling the two topics together was a natural thing for me. I was compelled to write it because I found that Christians are hesitant to talk about outer beauty. I knew it was time to give Christian women permission to talk about this topic and get it out in the open.

What are the major themes of the book?
It is a guide for women to know exactly how to dress, how to make up their face, what eye frames, hairstyle, jeans, and swimsuit they should buy all based on their individual body shape and coloring. There’s even a shopping guide available that tells women exactly what style and brand of clothes to buy based on their budget and their clothing personality, which they identify in the book. Modesty is an overall theme, and understanding that you are beautiful EXACTLY the way you are, no matter your size, is a major theme throughout. It is also full of pictures with real women of all shapes and sizes and is a full color book for only $14.99 which I’m thrilled that Zondervan put so much effort into the book and kept the price affordable so anyone could afford it.

What kind of research did you have to do for the book?
Through my blog and speaking over the past several years, I found that most women are not raised with mothers who knew how to teach them to dress. So we’ve become a society of women who wear what the salespeople in the stores tells us to wear, and for the most part, most salespeople are uneducated in knowing about colors and body shapes for an individual. If black is in style, the salespeople insist it will work for you, even if it doesn’t. They just want to sell clothes, and you can’t blame them, because they haven’t been trained. This book will give a woman complete confidence in knowing what works for HER and even gives checklists as to what she should have in her closet. It’s an easy, do it yourself guide to knowing how to dress for YOU, not someone else.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
My prayer is that when a woman finishes this book, she will say, “Oh my goodness, I never knew it was this easy!” I hope she will look in the mirror and finally be convinced that she is beautiful exactly as she is and now has the knowledge and confidence to dress her beautiful self so she feels good every time she goes to her closet because she’ll know exactly what to wear for any occasion. Impulsive shopping nightmares will become a thing of the past because she’s armed with the knowledge from the book. That’s my prayer!

Shari is running a contest on her site details are below.

You'll need to enter at her site do not leave comment here to enter..

Fashion Makeover Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Complete and submit the entry form at, Shari Braendel FaceBook page, Zondervan FaceBook page, Zondervan Twitter account between August 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and August 28, 2010 at 5:00 p.m (EST).

First Prize: One Winner will receive . . .
One $500 Visa gift card, one web camera, one-hour fashion consultation with Shari Braendel via Skype, one set of color swatches, and one autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value: $600. The fashion consultation will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the winner and Ms. Braendel on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between September 15 and November 15, 2010.

Second Prize: Three Winners will receive . . .
One $100 Visa gift card, one 30-minute fashion consultation with Shari Braendel via telephone, one set of color swatches, and one autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value: $450. The fashion consultation will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the winner and Ms. Braendel on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between September 15 and November 15, 2010.

Third Prize: Ten Winners will receive . . .
One autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value $150.

For complete details, visit Shari’s website.

Other blogs participating in this tour:

2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
4 The Love of Books
About dreams and broken glass
Aspire2 Blog
Be Your Best Mom
Blog Tour Spot
Blogging While Waiting
Book Junkie Confessions
Book Nook Club
Bound to His Heart
Cafe Lily Book Reviews
Camy’s Loft
Carly Bird’s Home
Christy’s Book Blog
Deus E Fiel
Drive Home Productions

A copy of this book was provided for this review by


1 comment:

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I enjoyed this one too. It is a great reference book and one I can see myself going back to over and over again.