Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Get Dressed - Review

How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing by Alison Freer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
April 14th 2015 by Ten Speed Press

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.

Alison Freer's writing is so much fun to read. It was like an instant best friend.
An instant best friend telling me how to dress. I've only been fighting them off since middle school.
(And don't get me started on the "let me cover you in make up "friends.")

My only problem with the book is that I don't feel like she ever addressed women of my body type, that is the petite ruler type. She went on and on about curves and different types of waist lines, but never really got to those of us who are, more less, shapeless.
Also I've never been a one style type of girl so I got a little confused with all the different types she mentioned.
That's really just my lack of fashion knowledge, though. (Hence the "friends" trying to dress me.) But thanks to this book I have been inspired to try and define my style. Right mow I think I'm in a "Retro-Modern" thing but I'll let you know once I finalize it.

That one thing aside, all the tips in this book are awesome and, as someone who is constantly altering her clothes, incredibly helpful. It's a beyond great reference book that I will definitely be buying first chance I get.
And then most likely using it to death every time I need advice on something I recently got. Like the used things I receive that need adjusting... or cleaning.

The chapter on stain removal itself is a godsend, every few stains I kept thinking "where were you a few month/weeks ago?!"
(Nail polish on my favorite shirt + me going crazy looking for help online = a permanent blue smug on my favorite shirt.)

There's probably a handful of things I won't be doing- I know, I know, I'll feel bad because I know it's wrong but old habits and all- but at least now I'll know how to do them.

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, 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, 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.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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