The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter
“You can’t have depths without surfaces,” says Linda Grant in her lively and provocative new book, The thoughtful Dresser, a thinking woman’s guide to what we wear. For centuries, an interest in clothes has been dismissed as the trivial pursuit of vain, empty-headed women. Yet, clothes matter, whether you are interested in fashion or not, because how we choose to dress defines who we are. How we look and what we wear tells a story. Some stories are simple, like the teenager trying to fit in, or the woman turning fifty renouncing invisibility. Some are profound, like that of the immigrant who arrives in a new country and works to blend in by changing the way she dresses, or of the woman whose hat saved her life in Nazi Germany.
The Thoughtful Dresser celebrates the pleasure of adornment and is an elegant meditation on our relationship with what we wear and the significance of clothes as the most intimate but also public expressions of our identity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - liz.mabry - LibraryThing
An interesting, but somewhat superficial, exploration of why clothes and fashion matter. I think I was expecting a bit more depth, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless. I definitely think the book ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - csmirl - LibraryThing
This is a lovely book, if not life-changing. Grant's take is that no one, no one at all, doesn't care about what they wear, that what we put on our bodies makes us human. She holds that clothes are ... Read full review
IN WHICH A WOMAN BUYSA PAIR OF SHOES CHAPTER 2 THE ART OF TAKING PLEASURE
CATHERINE HILL NEVER WEAR BLACK
TO THE SHOPS
SEXY CHAPTER 6 OUR FABRIC FRIENDS
CATHERINE HILL DINNER WITH ARMANI
MAKING A SELF THE CREATION
THE CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY
FOOTBINDING AND OTHER MODERN FORMS OF TORTURE
A GOOD HANDBAG MAKES THE OUTFIT
DEPTHS AND SURFACES FASHION AND CATASTROPHE
CATHERINE HILL I AM FASHION
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