Title: How to Get Dressed
Author: Alison Freer
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
“Good clothes open all doors. But I’m of the belief that it’s not so much what you wear that makes people sit up and take notice – it’s how you wear it,” Alison Freer explains in her book, How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer’s Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing.
At two hundred and fifty-six pages, this paperback targets mainly women who are seeking answers to dressing properly and professionally. With minor slang words, topics cover from movie star glamour and fitted pants to underwear and fabric care.
Texan author who now resides in California, Freer is costume designer, working for over one hundred and fifty television shows, commercials, music video and films. She is also a clothes editor, fashion television host, and a network resident style expert.
After an introduction that includes the writer’s fashion biography, thirteen chapters discuss clothing, followed by a stain and fabric care glossary, acknowledgments, biography, and index. Rudimentary black and white illustrations are spread throughout the pages.
The chapters cover preparation, shopping, fitting, clothing choices, alterations, signature style, breaking fashion rules, wardrobe tools, dressing for success, closets, underclothing, laundry, shoe care, vintage and thrift clothes, and men’s selections.
Freer reiterates that clothes should be clean, well-fitted, and appropriate for the body type while discarding myths of ten well-known fashion rules regarding wearing white, mixing metals, boots in summer, and doubling-up demin to name a few.
While several chapters are ten pages or less (examples: movie stars, having your specific style, and wearing non-wrinkled or stain-free clothes), over twenty pages concentrate on dry-cleaning, hand-washing, and removing stains. Pants’ waist delineations, skirt hems, dress patterns, bra styles, and making a stain kit are included as well as safety pin, Topstick tape, and moleskin uses.
The book does not contain lists of wardrobe “musts,” color combinations that work, or accessory/jewelry suggestions. Rarely mentioning the different age groups of wearers, it mainly focuses on how to protect, maintain, and alter clothing.
While some may learn a tip or two about hand-washing intimate apparel or spraying cooking spray on feet to fit in tight shoes, others may wish the book was more detailed, including more information on apparel choices.
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