- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607747065
- ISBN-13: 978-1607747062
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How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing Paperback – April 14, 2015
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"Professional costume designer Freer spills all her secrets for transforming your closet into a truly functional wardrobe. Her tips tackle clothing fitting issues, closet organization, undergarment truths, brilliant thrifting tips, and more. For someone looking to overhaul their closet, this is not a book to miss."
"Freer has quite a few styling tricks up her sleeve, and now it’s easier for everyone to gain access to her straight-forward advice for cheap. Her new book How To Get Dressed gets to the nitty-gritty of revamping your wardrobe."
"[Freer is] refreshingly down-to-earth in her first book, which is packed full of helpful tips for building and maintaining a stylish wardrobe . . . for those looking for a comprehensive and highly readable clothes-care book, this is the one."
“Alison really nails the basics of good style while allowing room for readers to inject their own personality into a look. Most of all, her writing constantly reminds me of what fashion is really supposed to be: fun for everyone.”
--Jane Pratt, founder of xoJane.com
"Years in the trenches of Hollywood have made Alison Freer an authority on every single clothing problem that could befall a person. As a result, this book is crammed full of wardrobe tricks that really work and is a truly indispensable guide to getting dressed."
--Nancy Jo Sales, Author of The Bling Ring and contributing editor at Vanity Fair
"Not everyone can have two maids at her beck and call. Alison is right about many things, but mainly this: ironing really is for mere mortal humans. Her purrrfect fashion advice will have you looking your very best (but not better than moi!). Two paws up, dahhhlings!"
--Ashley Tschudin, Official Voice of Choupette Lagerfeld, @ChoupettesDiary
About the Author
ALISON FREER is a costume designer from Texas living and working in Hollywood. With more than 150 TV shows, films, commercials, and music videos under her belt, she has reams of hard-won, practical wardrobe expertise at her fingertips. Alison is also the clothes editor at xoJane.com, where her unique take on how to solve common fashion and style conundrums has won her a dedicated following. Alison is also a contributing editor to Racked.com, in addition to hosting TLC's A Makeover Story during its fifth season. She also appeared on Melissa River's TV Candy on the TV Guide network as the show's resident style expert.
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So, as a result, I've bought a lot of multi-tiered hangers (slips, tank tops, petti pants, work out capris), replaced fat plastic hangers with felted space savers (35 for $10; thank you, CostCo!), and stored the majority of items as outfits in one hanger bundle (pants on clips, shirt and sweater layered atop; leggings on clips, tank and dress atop, belt on the hook). That helped me reduce from 2 to 1 closet, and helped me let go of items which aren't ever worn because they don't have a mate to be worn with.
How to Get Dressed is like Lucky Magazine or Cosmo, if either of those magazines were actually remotely useful. Where fashion magazines fall short, How to Get Dressed delivers. It's not a book about fashion, but about style. It's not about trends, but about making YOUR personal style work for you. It's not about following fashion rules, but about breaking them to great success. It's about looking great, but still being yourself. What more could we ask for?! Well, the book offers a lot more than that.
I think my favorite section of the book is the chapter on closets. As a person with far too many clothes and clutter in my life, I long for organization, and Alison's tips for organizing one's clothes and closets are actually useful and doable, and make me think that even *I* could be organized (that remains to be seen, but that's because of me, not Alison's awesome tips)! As an avid knitter, I jumped with joy at her spot-on advice for storing knits (don't hang them up by the shoulders--they'll stretch!), and learned a great many tips on storing other types of garments that I didn't know about.
That's the thing about Alison: she REALLY knows her stuff. She isn't just a fashion blogger who can put together a cute ensemble; she's a professional, unionized costume designer, and she knows how various fabrics and garments inherently work (nylon doesn't unravel; the physics behind a bra; how darts and other alterations work). If there's a problem with your clothes that you can think of, Alison likely has a quick fix in her book.
The best part of How to get Dressed is Alison herself. Her personality and voice are clear in her writing, and you feel like you are BFFs with her by the end of the book. While she is incredibly knowledgeable, all this information would be a snooze in the hands of another writer, but Alison keeps the book moving along. It's not just a reference book to look things up in for future use, but also just a pleasant, entertaining read (and I rarely read nonfiction for pleasure).
Unlike those fashion magazines I mentioned before, Alison doesn't try to say "this style is better for this body type" or "this is unflattering for this body type," but instead she tells you how to make your clothes fit your body. In fact, some clothes that you might think are unflattering could be extremely flattering if they were properly fitted to you! When I read fashion magazines, I feel like I need to throw out all my clothes and start over, which is of course totally impossible and cost prohibitive. But with How to Get Dressed, I feel like I already have a lot to work with, most of my clothes just need some extra love to really sing.
Alison really supports every woman (or man) as an individual. As she says in her book, the fashion "rules" we've heard all our lives are really just to make us all dress and look the same, and that is so boring I could scream! Alison has a chapter about finding and nurturing your signature style. I love this idea, because without a signature style in mind, I feel like I am just buying whatever I see in stores, but not putting my own spin on it, which results in me dressing just like everyone else. Alison makes no judgment on different styles, and is supportive of everyone's unique style. I think that's what I love most about Alison, and How to Get Dressed. I didn't feel like I needed to change who I am in order to look great, or buy a bunch of new expensive clothes. It's the only book or magazine I've read that emphasizes the fact that every style and every body can look and feel great.
Buy this book! Buy it now, and start feeling great in the clothes you already own!
This book was a complete exception. It totally wowed me with its cover to cover tips and practical advice. There was so much in here that I've already been able to share some new tips with my clients. Alison shares so much information about tricks to remove stains, make clothing fit better, improve the comfort of your clothing, and so on that could only be gathered from years of experience. If was so refreshing to read a book written by someone who isn't afraid to actually share valuable knowledge!
This book is fantastic. It has helped with my body image, my ability to shop, and my confidence as a young (and even younger looking) woman professional. Changes I have made due to reading:
my bra size and comfort
what underwear I wear
my comfort level wearing blazers (that fit)
ability to confidently buy clothes that actually fit me without feeling bad about my body
figuring out how to wear clothes that actually make me look good and feel good
figuring out how to use the clothes I have in a way that works
my laundry routine
how I organize my closet