February 07, 2000 12:00 PM

by Kimberly Bonnell

Illustrations by Eliza Gran

Three cheers for Kimberly Bonnell, who has created this wonderfully sensible little primer for women asking, “Yikes, what am I going to wear?” A former fashion director at Glamour magazine who now dispenses advice online at Oxygen.com, Bonnell explores a spectrum of dressing dilemmas, from making the most of your figure (“skimpy back pockets [on jeans] make your butt look bigger”) to avoiding the dorky Fm-a-tourist look (stay away from tracksuits, visors, short-shorts, I Love Pie Town T-shirts smack in the middle of Pie Town and big athletic sneakers with any of the foregoing). With witty and practical tips for every situation, she preaches common sense. “We’re talking clothes here, not the meaning of life,” Bonnell writes. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $12.95)

Bottom Line: Straight-ahead advice for the fashion-impaired

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