Women in Clothes is a book unlike any you have seen before: part personal memoir, part sartorial guide, it incorporates the view from hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, married, single, young, and old – of our clothing, and how the garments we put on each day define us and shape us.
it started with a survey. the editors composed a list of more than fifty questions, designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style. with whom do you talk about clothes? did anyone ever say anything to you that made you see yourself differently, on a physical and especially a sartorial level? do you think you have taste or style? which is more important? accompanying the responses are interviews, essays, photographs, and illustrations—from writers, artists, and cognoscenti, including Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Sook-Yin Lee, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Nicole Prickett, and Heather Mallick—that plumb the aspects of body image and self-esteem that are integral to what women wear.
what we choose to put on our bodies may seem simple, but clothing can give us confidence, change our mood, act as armour or a disguise, or be the tool with which we reinvent ourselves. Women in Clothes is a rich exploration of the power of women’s stylistic choices, lending humour and depth to the attention we pay to what we wear.
for me, clothes, accessories and makeup are a voice; a way of self expression and creativity. i rarely follow trends – am more of a vintage lover – but instead dress how i feel comfortable and beautiful. and i really love hats and scarves…even more when they are together.
and i really love a good selfie mirror (photos from last fall – gosh, i was hot).
how would you define your personal style?
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