Book Review | How To Never Look Fat Again & Giveaway!

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When I was approached to review the book How To Never Look Fat Again, by Charla Krupp, I didn’t know what to expect. Granted I am always asking my hubby, “Do I look fat in this?”, as I am sure many of you do as well. But the idea of being forced to dress a certain way made me a bit nervous. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the book because Charla Krupp doesn’t assume you are unhappy with your weight or your particular size. In fact, she isn’t a size 2 herself. In her intro, she explains how she feels about her body by writing “even though I think I’m fat, most other people do not.” She has the same hang ups as we do about certain parts on our bodies.

Krupp wonders why women don’t ask Do I look chic? but they do ask Do I look fat?. She goes on to explain that the old way of determining the right look for your body type and trying to fit in to a pear shape, apple shape, etc., does not work because these figures do not take into account frame, height, lifestyle. What her style guide does do is give you ways to look your very best whether you are a size 2 or a size 20 based on your problem areas. Really the book does not strive to make you look skinny, just to help you look your best, but I guess that wouldn’t make for an intriguing book title right?


  • well laid out chapters, organized by common issues that make women feel “fat” such as flabby arms and muffin top
  • real life models to show you the “high fat” vs. “low fat” look – great visual. It’s amazing how slim the models look in comparison to their “high fat” look.
  • doable tips that will help you look your best – tonight!
  • Swap-outs: Krupp tells you which bulk adding culprits to get rid of and what to replace them with.

The only part of the book I didn’t care for too much were the celebrity models. I can look at Beyonce and think her shape is closer to mine, but Sarah Jessica Parker? Jessica Simpson? I just couldn’t relate. I thought the plus size models were beautiful and I learned more from looking at them than looking at celebrities that did not have similar bodies to mine. I think they served as an example of ladies with great style and they were wearing pieces that would look great on you too. Perhaps Jennifer Hudson? Oprah Winfrey? The celebrities are a very small part of the guide though.


Interested in getting your very own copy of the book? Debutante Clothing is giving away one copy to a lucky reader! Leave a comment and you are automatically entered. Entries will be accepted until Saturday, March 26 at 11pm PST. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win.

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1 Myrna { 03.22.10 at 9:18 am }

Count me in. Thank you!

2 Elly { 03.22.10 at 12:33 pm }

Please count me in as well! I’d be very interested to see what this book has to say. Thank you for the chance to enter!

3 Catharine Hay { 03.22.10 at 3:18 pm }

Even though I am a size 4, I absolutely agree that there are a lot of factors other than size to take into consideration when choosing the right clothes to wear. I am, like a lot of women, smaller on the top and larger on the bottom. I could wear a size 3 blouse (if there is such a thing), but would have to wear a size 4 skirt or pants. I am small-boned, so that also makes a difference when choosing clothes to wear. Anyway, my point being that just because you wear a small size doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about what clothing you put on your body.

4 Holly { 03.22.10 at 6:20 pm }

Count me in as well. It looks like an interesting book :)

5 Amy Ernst Mayberry { 03.23.10 at 11:51 am }

Sounds like an interesting book! I would be curious to read it. Recognizing your own “flaws” or figure challenges, and working to enhance your best features could help anyone look better, no matter their size. (I often think that wearing vintage clothing can help in this regard, since if the prevailing style of the moment in fashion isn’t necessarily suitable for your body type, turning to vintage is one way to expand your range of options . . .)

6 eyeliah { 03.23.10 at 11:52 am }

Oh this is great, thanks so much for a giveaway. :-)

7 Claire M. { 03.23.10 at 10:42 pm }

It would be totally awesome to win a copy of this book! God knows I need all the help I can get in this department.

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