Derek Blasberg on How to Be Classy. A New York social butterfly believes that in today’s age of tasteless pseudo-celebrity, it’s time for a. Derek Blasberg is a writer, editor and New York Times best-selling author. humorous essays about modern etiquette called “Classy: Exceptional Advice for the. Derek Blasberg is Classy. We live in an era in which Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery escapades make the evening news, Gossip Girl characters.

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Preview — Very Classy by Derek Blasberg. Very Classy by Derek Blasberg. Derek Blasberg is back with more brilliant commentary on what makes a lady truly classy. With all the razor-sharp insights of Classy plus new, never-before-seen pages packed with Derek’s signature wit and timeless tips, VeryClassy is the best – and the only – resource for the up-to-the minute, modern young woman.

Today’s fast-maturing youth culture is confounded by a whol Derek Blasberg is back with more brilliant commentary on what makes a lady truly classy.

Today’s fast-maturing youth culture is confounded by a whole slew of classy conundrums. Like, “Is a funeral an acceptable place to meet a guy? And, “Should I wear my Wonderbra to the gym? Gyms are for exercise, not cleavage. Even if you’re so confident, you’ve been attracting guys like a honey-dipped man magnet for years – VeryClassy still has something for you.

This illustrated volume is packed with advice for the girl who doesn’t want to be a Relationship Chameleon, the girl who understands that skinny fat is worse than just plain fat, and the girl who needs a little help discovering the silver lining of a hangover.

Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Very Classyplease sign up. Is it worth reading? Natalie Boath Yes, I believe so, even though I’m only up to page at the moment.

See 1 question about Very Classy…. Lists with This Book. Apr 21, Phyllis rated it it was ok Shelves: It was really strange and at times it seriously felt like someone from traveled through time and wrote an advice book trying to come off as contemporary, but the mask keeps slipping and they can’t disguise the fact that their mindset is totally s. The real irony of this is that repeatedly calling women skanks, tramps, and sluts because they’re not living the life you feel they should be living is the very opposite of class.

There’s some solid advice in here on etiquette, but the constant judgmental, sexist attitudes dilute the power of the good advice because by the end of the book you’re so annoyed you want to start chain smoking and spitting in public just to spite this dude.

Very Classy

I’m tempted to give an extra star for the revelation that Derek Blasberg’s feelings were hurt when some random on the internet called him Derek Assberg, but since all the sexist, antiquated nonsense in this book irritated me so much, I’m sticking with a two star rating.


Aug 01, Keira Jones rated it it was amazing. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed this book from the moment I opened it!! It adds spice and a new twist to the age-old definition of “classy”. It’s easy to relate to because it was written in moderns times, but also bblasberg that ‘class has no age’ not a quote from the book.

As a teen, it’s a relief to have good standards to live by. I really love being able to see how many famous people in history and present I have qualities in common with. This book does mention etiquette a lot, but is NOT an etiquette book.

I recommend this book to all young women and anyone who isn’t easily offended!! Dec 22, Becky rated it did not like it. A book I had to force myself to finish only because I can’t stand to not finish a book once I’ve started it. Very hard to take seriously because there were numerous errors in spelling, grammar, and paragraphs were doubled or used twice or even more throughout the book.

It is as if nobody even read it before it was published and put on shelves to be sold. Some parts were funny and insightful, but for the most part it was idiotic with not so subtle jabs at celebrities who What a disappointment.

Some parts were funny and insightful, but for the most part it was idiotic with not so subtle jabs at celebrities who the author clearly does not get along with. Not worth the read, don’t even start it. Oct 23, Maria Efting rated it liked it. This book was great, but a little misleading I have to say. I thought it was going to be a whole differnt book with all new advice, but turns out all it is is the original Classy with a few extra chapters. Not really worth 18 dollars if you ask me.

Still funny and informative, though: Aug 16, Nabilah rated it it was amazing. This book is great and not preachy at all. Aug 13, Amanda Bracken rated it did not like it. This book actually filled me with rage. Feb 02, Rachel rated it did not like it. Bought this book in a thrift shop in Michigan. Seriously thought this was parody when I picked it up. Thought it would be a scathing assessment of the “ideal woman” expectation.

Not only was it full of spelling and grammatical errors come on, you HAVE an editorbut it was about as deep as a puddle. What to wear at the airport. Derek picks literally the most complicated outfit as the “classy” ideal.

Derek wants you to be the douche canoe who spend Bought this book in a thrift shop in Michigan. Derek wants you to be the douche canoe who spends like an hour undressing in the TSA line. Even suggests bracelets and a watch. Oh, and a blazer. All this while mocking the women who dress down because Derek, we working peasants are tired. This book must set some record for celebrity name and face dropping. I highly doubt gratuitously dropping names is “classy”. All this advice is geared towards not having a job and having an obscene amount of money.

I doubt his audience does. Great advice for the celebrities in the book. It’s just plain unrealistic and dated. Women aren’t here for men or other people. This felt like an article from Frankly, the author is so enamored with himself and his A through D list friends that he doesn’t have cohesive message beyond, “be my idea of a lady, dammit! Mar 18, Sara Stetz rated it liked it.


Very Classy by Derek Blasberg

Practical advice for coming into adulthood and updated advice on being a courteous guest, employee and friend. How to grow up, but still have fun. So, I guess now in my 4th decade it was my time to be open to a modern take on clazsy. May 23, Allison Branen rated it liked it Shelves: It has some good tips and interesting references and quotes, but the writing is a bit exaggerated and some of the advice was obvious. Apr 14, Natalie Boath rated it liked it Shelves: I liked this book in the form of Classy and have bought Classy but used it mainly to skim through, and this is basically an expanded version i.

I am not the sort of person who can finish a book if I find it boring. However, I read Very Classy from beginning to end and plan to use the end sections again on artists, fictional characters, films, documentaries, plays, and poetry to know because I love to learn.

The quizzes were light relief from the informat I liked this book in the form of Classy and have bought Classy but used it mainly to skim through, and this is basically an expanded version i.

The quizzes were light relief from the information, and it is good that there are a lot of photographs and some illustrations throughout to break up the text. Because I was reading the book with an eye to applying it to my own dwrek I derwk it slow reading as I was trying to absorb it all.

I only begged to differ from Derek Blasberg’s commentary on a few small points. I couldn’t care less if people want to eat the worms in their tequila mescal shots or wear crop tops or dress hlasberg sleep on a long-haul flight or in ugg boots. I wouldn’t classify them as skanky, just a little eccentric and probably a nice sort of person. I’m not that image conscious that dressing up for a workout would motivate me, I wouldn’t bring my dog to someone else’s house no matter how cute, and if people are chronically depressed I recommend considering antidepressants rather than considering it frivolous.

And a lot of this book is just restating things I already knew and try to do or are commonsense, particularly the newly blaserg chapters. There are also a few spelling errors, but not enough to distract from the text where spellcheck was either ignored or not used correctly or at all. The author is quite charming albeit very image conscious and even a little vain, which can be forgiven.

He likes to promote his book by the use of mentioning and showing photographs of his famous friends name dropping? If you like a little insight into the life of others, all the derke. The decorations in his home are a little self referential and Dedek got the dderek they were to boost his ego or impress others, even though he claims to dislike such narcissistic decor.