How To Get Dressed

How To Get Dressed

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 25 line drawings
  • 1607747065
  • 9781607747062
  • 62,513

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A "New York Times" Best Seller "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." --"Bustle" "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." --Huffington Post "[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." --"Publishers Weekly" 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 "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"show more

About Alison Freer

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 more

Table of contents

ntroduction: Good Clothes Open All Doors ix CHAPTER 1  Movie Magic: Or, Why Movie 1 Stars Look Like Movie Stars First, You Have To Prepare | It’s Time to Shop | Let’s Have a Fitting  | How Do They Make a TV Show, Anyway? Chapter 2  Fit: The True Enemy of Great Style 11 The Right Pants | A Better Skirt | A Brilliant Blouse | A Jacket Fit for a Queen | The Perfect Dress Chapter 3 Alter Your Clothes, Alter Your Life 29 The Totally Worth-It Alterations You Really Need to Know About  | But Sometimes, It’s Just Not Worth It | How to Find a Great Tailor | Basic Tailoring Terms Chapter 4 Be Your Own Costume Designer 49 Your Style is Your Signature | How to Search Out Pieces That Are So Totally You Chapter 5  Dumb Fashion Rules 59 That Were Made For Breaking Dumb Rule Number One: Always Fear Wearing Stripes—Horizontal or Otherwise | Dumb Rule Number Two: Don’t Wear White after Labor Day | Dumb Rule Number Three: Don’t Wear Black with Brown or Navy | Dumb Rule Number Four: Don’t Mix Your Metals | Dumb Rule Number Five: Don’t Wear Leggings as Pants | Dumb Rule Number Six: Don’t Wear Boots in the Summer | Dumb Rule Number Seven: Short Boots Make Your Legs Look Stumpy | Dumb Rule Number Eight: Don’t Mix Your Patterns | Dumb Rule Number Nine: Don’t Double Up Your Denim | Dumb Rule Number Ten: Redheads Can’t Wear Red—and Blondes Shouldn’t Be Wearing Yellow, Either Chapter 6  Wardrobe Tools 73 To Keep Your Look Together The Holy Trinity: Safety Pins, Topstick, and Moleskin | Even More Tools to Keep Your Look Together | But What about a Busted Zipper? | Ironing is for Suckers Chapter 7  Dressing for Success Is Dead 91 Are My Clothes Dirty? | Are My Clothes Wrinkled? | Am I Showing Something I Wish I Wasn’t? | Are My Clothes Covered in Lint, Pills, or Stray Threads? | Are My Shoes Scuffed, Dirty, or Worn? | Does This Fit Me Properly? Chapter 8  Closet Hacks: Store Your 101 Clothes Like Wardrobe Girls Do  When in Doubt, Just Hang it Up! | But What if I Don’t Have Enough Rail Space?   Chapter 9  Underthings: You Really Only Need a Few 117 First Things First: Throw Your Shapewear in the Trash | Don’t Fear the Panty Line | Your Grandma Was Right: Slips Rule | Don’t Burn Your Bra Just Yet... | How to Frankenstein a Bra That Works for You | Hand Washing Your Bras and Undies Chapter 10 Laundry: You’re Doing It Wrong 143 Get the Most out of Your Washing Machine | Is Dry-Cleaning Really Necessary? | To Skip the Dry Cleaner, You’d Better Learn How to Hand Wash | Stains: Or, Spit Removes Blood Like Whoa Chapter 11 Shoe Care For All Your Footwear 167 Help Your Shoes Keep Their Shape | Spring for Protective Rubber Soles—and Replace Your Heel Caps Often | Remove Salt and Slush Residue Immediately | Avoid Heat and Other Drying Conditions | Rotate Your Footwear | Don’t Forget to Waterproof | Maintain, Maintain, Maintain | Bring Your Shoes Back from the Dead | Keep Your Shoes from Killing Your Feet  Chapter 12 Old Stuff: A Guide to 185 Shopping Vintage and Thrift  Thrift Stores and Charity Shops | Vintage Stores | Consignment or Resale Shops | Used Clothing Stores | To Start the Hunt, Prepare and Plan | Then, Know What to Look For | Also, Have a Plan of Attack | Be Sure to Try It All On (and Check It Twice!) | Finally, Get Ready to Wear It Chapter 13 Dudes, This One’s for You 201 If the Jacket’s Not Right, the Whole Thing Is Wrong | This Is How Pants Should Fit | Let’s Talk about Shirts | How to Measure Yourself Properly | You Can Thank the Duke for the Suit | With Buttons, it’s Sometimes, Always, Never | Can I Take My Jacket Off Now? | Whoops, This Suit Doesn’t Fit! | How to Fix Your See-Through Shirt | How a Tie Should Look | How to Wear a Tuxedo go ahead, sit on the grass: Stain Glossary 219 take care of what you’ve got: Fabric Care Glossary 225 Acknowledgments 235 About the Author 237 Index 239show more

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