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You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You Paperback – March 27, 2012
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Phillip Bloch, fashion expert, author & TV personality
“If your wardrobe isn’t working for you, don't go off and buy another piece of clothing, buy this book! The answer to the age-old question ‘What should I wear?’ is right here. An insightful, informative, and relevant approach to dressing yourself when you just don’t have your own celebrity stylist.”
“Dr. Baumgartner gives us a captivating look into the psychology of what we wear. Her perspective is insightful and relatable, offering a unique opportunity to unlock this complex relationship.”
“What a great book! Dr. Baumgartner’s wise guide teaches us not only what our clothes reveal about our shopping or hoarding tendencies, but about our dreams, memories, and emotions. A fascinating read with great practical advice.”
“Learning the how and why behind your wardrobe will have a profound impact on how you dress! Dr. Baumgartner offers doable solutions to help you clean out your closet...and your life. You Are What You Wear is a must read for women of all ages!”
“A book to help the fashion-challenged in time for the new spring line…For anyone who approaches the purchase of new clothes either buying and spending too much or with a certain sense of dread, this is definitely the book to read!”
Library Journal, 4/1/12
“[A] fashion guide that is like no other.”
“Might nudge you to get rid of those hole-riddled stained sweatpants and opt for something that portrays you to the world in a more positive way.”
“Baumgartner presents ‘the psychology of dress’ in an entertaining fashion…Her basic approach—which is, boiled down to its essence, to think about your clothes and be mindful of what they say and why you buy and wear them—is worthwhile…Baumgartner does a good…job of analyzing what different forms of clothing say about the women wearing them, and her positive reinforcement will be appreciated by women who genuinely want to change their look.”
Hutchinson Leader, 6/14/12
Curled Up with a Good Book, 6/22/12
“Helpful in explaining why we do the things we do and how we can change our behaviors…While this book is not meant to take the place of professional counseling, the reader can learn general reasons for personal issues and how those manifest themselves in our clothing. Without being preachy or harsh, Dr. Baumgartner effectively shows readers that it’s possible to improve ourselves and have it show in how we dress. Entertaining and helpful, You Are What You Wear definitely gives some credence to retail therapy.”
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Top Customer Reviews
I always enjoyed watching the show "What Not to Wear." This book includes the same kind of specific fashion advice and a similar "wow effect" of seeing a transformed wardrobe, but it includes a whole other layer of juicy psychological insights that make it that much more fascinating. I was impressed by the way the author was able to help her clients better understand themselves and embrace positive changes. The only downside of this book was that it was missing a real sense of conclusion. But I really did enjoy every page.
However upon reading the book, I discovered that she only deals with the six classic fashion cases: the compulsive buyer, the hoarder, people dealing with body dysmorphia, the inappropriate dresser for her age, the blah, and the woman that shows way too much skin.
I didn't fit into any of those categories, so the book did not really help me all that much. The book is littered with little helpful fashion tidbits that may introduce the uninitiated to basic fashion concepts such as capsule dressing.
The thing that I did love about the book is that it is a step towards linking psychology and fashion. Anyone who works in the world of beauty and fashion knows that these things can change people's lives and have seen it but there is very little study on the subject. In this way, I think she is a pioneer in the field.
If you fit into one of the six fashion cases mentioned above, this book is a good start. She also has some unexpected jokes mixed into the prose of the book. In my opinion it is not a fashion-must read, but I'm glad I read it and my neuroses breathed a huge sigh of relief.
How the book is structured : the main eight or nine reasons why we find ourselves with too many/too small/ too "young" or "old" clothes... each have their own chapter.
Of course, the most popular/common reasons come first in the book, and they're also by far the biggest chapters (and let's face it, if you buy this book you're likely prey to the first reason - namely, buy too much stuff). Each is interesting and illustrated by the story of a certain client.
There were no real clichés, it was relevant and went to the bottom of the matter.
The only thing is out of the different reasons listed, only a couple will apply to you. So while the rest of the book is still very interesting and gives you the complete picture, some things won't be directly relevant for you. However, I certainly didn't mind, and I don't see any other way the book could have been written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is 90% psychology, 10% closet cleaning and wardrobe building advice. It led me to reflect on the whys of my buying, organizing (or lack thereof) and dressing, and gave me... Read morePublished 5 days ago by jen
In “You are What you Wear”, there were many different situational scenarios which gave a lot of insight especially to different groups of people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by melissa
Great book with lists of questions for self-examination and editing what's in my closet. Goes beyond how to dress and deeper into the psychology of why I may or may not dress a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Johnson
Very useful and helpful book which helps to sort out your future wardrobe.Published 3 months ago by P.K.L.M
Loved the book! Never looked at my closet from this perspective-eye opening! There are reasons why we buy the stuff we do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marsha Kemper
I don't like this book. it is superficial. maybe I was expecting too much from this, because I feel everything in it is common sense, you don't need to pay to read them.Published 8 months ago by aria nakamura