Thursday, May 7, 2015

How To Get Dressed {Review}

I am utterly hopeless in the fashion department. I can barely put an outfit together. Though I do get compliments once in a while on an outfit, I find it terribly difficult to put a great outfit together with classic pieces as well as a few trendy ones as well. Alison Freer has written a book called How To Get Dressed. She gives us the run down on what to wear, what not to wear, and how to become a fashionista.

Alison Freer is a costume designer living in L.A., though she is originally from Texas. She dresses people for many appearances including music videos, TV, and commercials. She is also a writer for She wrote this book in order to give ordinary people a sense of style by letting us in on her secrets to dressing well.

"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."

What I found most interesting about this book was the chapter on "Dumb Fashion Rules That Were Made For Breaking". She demystifies the lies that we have been told our whole lives. For instance, the lie about not wearing white after Labor Day. She says that this rumor originally began as "don't wear white shoes after Labor Day". Alison gives us the low down on how and when it is appropriate to wear white clothes and/or shoes after Labor Day. There is also the lie that tells us we cannot wear denim-on-denim. You actually CAN wear denim-on-denim and she gives us the tips and tricks on how to pull it off successfully.

Here are a list of chapters from How To Get Dressed: 

  1. Movie Magic: Or, Why Movie Stars Look Like Movie Stars
  2. Fit: The True Enemy Of Great Style
  3. Alter Your Clothes, Alter Your Life
  4. Be Your Own Costume Designer
  5. Dumb Fashion Rules That Were Made For Breaking
  6. Wardrobe Tools To Keep Your Look Together
  7. Dressing For Success Is Dead
  8. Closet Hacks: Store Your Clothes Like Wardrobe Girls Do
  9. Underthings: You Really Only Need A Few
  10. Laundry: You're Doing It Wrong
  11. Shoe Care For All Your Footwear
  12. Old Stuff: A Guide To Shopping Vintage And Thrift
  13. Dudes, This One's For You

There is also a section on stain removal of all kinds and fabric care for many different kinds of fabric. This section is especially helpful for this mother of three boys. They stain every single thing they wear. 

Reading this book gave me more confidence in my style as well as a better sense of how to put together a great outfit. I am still learning and will keep this book close to my closet. I truly found this book easy to read with many diagrams to go along with each topic. The visuals, for me, were what helped the most. I can read something and not quite get what the author is trying to perpetuate. But, having clear diagrams and pictures were the key to getting the suggestions to stick. 

If you are like me and not that in to fashion, then this book is for you. If you just need a little extra boost of confidence for you existing wardrobe then this is the book for you. 

I was given this book for review by Blogging For Books. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

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