River Forest author releases book on styling for all sizes

'The Curvy Girls Style Handbook' addresses how to create new outfits using clothes you already own

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By Nona Tepper

A River Forest woman has written a book about how full-bodied women can dress for all occasions—without shopping. 

After four months of writing and production, author Suze Solari, a professional stylist and former Wednesday Journal fashion columnist, released "The Curvy Girls Style Handbook" on May 21, and will be holding a launch party for the book from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 5 at Trends, 810 North Boulevard. The book addresses how women of all sizes can remake clothes they already own, by adding a different accessory or belt, to create new outfits and dress for all occasions. It also explains sizing, body image and attitude. 

The 10-chapter book is organized in the same fashion as Solari's other books—"The T-shirt & Jeans Handbook" and "The Blouse & Skirt Handbook"—and includes sections on sizing standards ("or lack thereof," as the book opines), body image and self-esteem, underwear and more. It features local models and business owners Constance Contursi Barker, owner of the Hit It! Fitness in Oak Park;  Stacy Saunders, owner of Saunders Consulting; and Denise Walsh, a representative for Senegence, a woman-owned, all-natural cosmetic and skin care line. Each woman models at least four looks, one for every season. 

"It's empowering people to use their own things, being proactive in getting the most out of your investment, being earth conscious about how we spend our money and our time," Solari said. "All these women have businesses, family, the last thing they want to do is spend two precious hours at a mall, go look around and get frustrated because they can't find anything that fits." 

"The Curvy Girls Style Handbook" is available for $15.20 on Amazon.com. 

CONTACT: ntepper@wjinc.com

This story has been updated to reflect the price of the print book is $15.20 on Amazon.com. 

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