Reading this book reminded me of my time training at theatre school and the jobs I did in theatre and T.V. Most people I worked with had a sense of fun and enjoyment all centred around a love of clothes. Alison reminded me of this and the resourcefulness, quick thinking and good organisational skills required of those working in costume departments.
Alison Freer is so knowledgable and generous in sharing her expertise - her book will go in my reference collection and be referred to often. Her chapter on washing and stain removal is incredibly helpful and I couldn’t agree more with the importance Alison places on alterations and fit. I often explain to clients that it is the item of clothing that isn't fitting properly and nothing to do with anything being wrong with their bodies.
My very favourite sentence in the book is, “ …. you’ll find you are suddenly the very best version of yourself you’ve ever been. Because real style is about enhancing who you already are - not attempting to change yourself into someone else”. This is to be found at the very end of page 57 and I couldn't agree more that clothes can have the power to help us feel really good about ourselves and there is enjoyment to be found in the journey too.
This book is an extremely worthwhile read for anyone interested in clothes, from how to care for them, to how to use them to make you feel good about yourself - plus Alison has brilliant tips on solving any wardrobe malfunctions. Thank you Alison for sharing so generously your amazing expertise.