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The secret to great style is being comfortable in your own skin. It’s dressing who you are rather than who you think you should be. If you have a hard time being honest to yourself, you might be in need of some brutally honest retail therapy. Enter, Betty Halbreich. Bergdorf Goodman, and possibly New York City’s, most famous personal shopper (since 1978) will tell you to take that dress off immediately and never think of it again before it’s even zipped up. Or to say, “That’s enough, don’t buy anymore—it’s over.” Like a true wisecrack Fashion Fairy Godmother should.
Betty Halbreich, the director of Solutions at world-famous specialty store Bergdorf Goodman, brings her shopping and dressing expertise to readers in this bestselling classic. With simple instructions and witty asides, Betty takes her experience out of her Bergdorf Goodman dressing room and puts it into readers’ hands. Follow her through the years as she sheds light on such fashion conundrums as how to break up with the color black, what to wear on “Casual Fridays,” what “black-tie” really means, and how to wear just about any accessory.
Betty Halbreich was born and raised in Chicago, where she started playing dress-up as soon as she was able to rummage through her mother’s closet—and she hasn’t stopped experimenting with clothes ever since. In her thirty-plus years as director of Solutions at New York City’s famed Bergdorf Goodman specialty store, Betty has helped make the world a better-dressed place by working with countless designers and showing generations of women how to create their own style.