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Yeah, it's mediocre chick-lit. I could say more but really that is all you need to know. If that's what you're in the mood for then read it and if not pick up something else.
Hmm, I am not known for my terse reviews so I'll go a bit further. The novel starts out with the protagonist lacking style, purpose and direction and as the story progresses she gains all three. Sadly the story itself seems to have the reverse progression. The basic idea behind the story that clothes have lives of their own with back stories that influence the present day wearer is interesting and I actually liked the little vignettes that were interspersed throughout the story, but I never felt they were a part of the story. There is a reason that people say that "the clothes make the man" (or in this case woman). It is true that we feel different when we dress differently and every morning when we awake we generate a new person by the simple choice of what to wear, but that is only touched upon in the lightest way. The main character seems to almost accidentally generate her new persona as opposed to it being a true journey of discovery.
I'd really rather it just have been about the secret lives of dresses or about recognizing and discovering oneself through adversity. Either of those could have been good books, but together it just didn't quite jell.