May 042015
 

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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.

* from Goodreads

Hott Review:

Let me explain myself… I am very comfortable with how I dress. I’m comfortable, wear what I like, and have this old lady style working for me 30 years before I should. (I’ve actually dressed like this since my teens when I went from super-skank to grandma.) I’m happy. Hubby, however, is not impressed. Sure I have moments of amazing but he thinks that I should look like a runway model all of the time. I respond that if that’s what he wanted he should have married elsewhere! We live in a smallish community, I work primarily alone, and spend my free time at teens sporting events.
What I liked: How to Get Dressed is filled brim to brim with great ideas, quick fixes, and easy suggestions on how to feel good about your clothes, take care of them, and avoid wardrobe malfunctions. I believe that, if you didn’t grow up with a mom who made your clothes, How to Get Dressed should be added to a teen/YA must read list. I’m not just talking girls either! This book even goes through how suits should fit & how to do laundry properly. It’s essential!
What I didn’t like: This wasn’t what I expected. I’d anticipated a book more on pulling stuff together, how to determine what fits, and what types of styles work best for body types. That’s not to say that this wasn’t helpful, it just wasn’t what I’d anticipated.

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Author: Alison Freer
Source: Alison Freer via Netgalley | A loan in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher & Date: April 14th 2015 by Ten Speed Press
Genre: Fashion
ISBN: 1607747065 (ISBN13: 9781607747062)
Pages: 256 | It’s a quick read though
Grade: C+
Ages: 14+
Steam: Nada
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Author Bio:

I am a costume designer from Texas living and working in Los Angeles, California. I dress people for television shows, commercials and music videos. This means I shop A LOT and have turned numerous inanimate objects into costumes. I am the clothes editor at xoJane.com and am also the author of ‘How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer’s Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing’, out April 2015 from Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House. I don’t believe that there are any ‘rules’ for fashion — and you shouldn’t either!

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