Fiction – Clothing, Fashion, and Style

Clothing, Fashion, and Style
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
by Elizabeth L. Cline

Each year, the average American buys 64 pieces of clothing — most of them from places like Target, TJ Maxx, H&M, and other purveyors of cheap clothes. Many get worn for only a short time before one trend ends and another begins — and the item is replaced with another cheap, trendy piece. To find out the actual costs and the effects of all this low-price, poor-quality clothing flooding the U.S. market, journalist Elizabeth Cline visited clothes makers in the U.S., garment factories overseas, and the charity shops and textile recyclers everywhere that end up with the cast-offs. If you’re interested in ethical shopping, Cline also includes some tips for a sustainable closet.

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist
by Betty Halbreich with Rebecca Paley

When Betty Halbreich published this book in 2014, she was 86 years old and still working as a personal shopper for luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman, where she’d amassed a loyal following over her 40 years there. Though as much a personal accounting of her life (privileged childhood, early marriage, and a divorce that forced her into the working world) as it is about her influential role in the lives of her clients — celebrities or otherwise — fashionable readers will enjoy her tales of couture gossip and her trademark style.

The Truth about Style
by Stacy London

In a more personal take on her long-running (though sadly now defunct) TLC show What Not to Wear (co-hosted with Clinton Kelly), style expert Stacy London weaves her own story with that of nine women undergoing their own style transformations. Examining the emotional obstacles that prevent women from achieving their goals, she shares her own battles (a scarring skin disorder and complex relationship with food) as she helps the nine find styles that are both confidence-boosting and personal.

Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry
by Amy Odell

Dividing the fashion world into eight distinct groups (from designers and models to “you and me”), fashion editor Amy Odell shares an array of pointed, humorous, and candid commentary on the haute couture community from an insider’s perspective. From terrifying initial encounters with Karl Lagerfeld to a nerve-jangling job interview with Anna Wintour to the packed house at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Odell is an insightful and entertaining guide to a colorful and surprisingly self-conscious world.

The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish
by Linda Przybyszewski

In the first half of the 20th century, there was a group of American women known as the Dress Doctors. Well-respected in their fields (often in college Home Economics departments), they counseled young white women in how to dress appropriately yet flatteringly — and economically. Prizing an ability to sew as well as adherence to five principles of dress (including both proportion and emphasis), they lost their influence as the 1960s rolled into view. In The Lost Art of Dress, author Linda Przybyszewski tells their story and provides context for other lost arts, such as dressing for dinner.

List created 7/14/16 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

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