How to Get Dressed:
A Costume Designer’s Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing
Costume designer Alison Freer’s styling kit is a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solutions have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed, Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what’s in your closet work for you. She provides real-world advice about everything style-related, including:
• Making every garment you own fit better
• Mastering closet organization
• The undergarments you actually need
• The scoop on tailors and which alterations are worth it
• Shopping thrift and vintage like a rockstar
Instead of repeating boring style “rules,” Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun, and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison’s arsenal of tools and expertise.
I read this book straight through, as it was a review copy I was reading for Blogging for Books. Maybe if I had used it more as intended, as a reference, then I would have found it more engaging. I’m not a big fashion person – I’m the frumpy housewife who needs help, so initially I thought this book might have some good tips for me, as I’m about to head back into the “corporate world”. Which it did, but I still found it a little boring. It talked a lot about the author’s job as a costume designer and quick fixes for things, which didn’t apply to me so much. However, there were also good sections on choosing the right pair of pants and the right bra, stuff like that which might actually come in handy in the future, so I’m not throwing it out for good or anything. It just wasn’t a page turner for me. More of a “let’s get through this so I can move on to the next book on my pile” read. I think a lot of my opinion is just that, though — an opinion. If someone more “fashion forward” were to read this, they’d probably get much more out of it.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Probably not
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Maybe sections of it that applied.
3 of 5 stars.