This week Josephine of Chic at Any Age is hosting Fashion Flash! Have you ever seen a women on the streets of Europe with this special style– and wonder how she does it? Josephine who moves between London and San Tropez has that special look and generously shares her style secrets.
Once upon a time, we got our style advice from magazines like Vogue, Glamour, and the late lamented Seventeen ad Madmoiselle. It was a one size fits all solution aimed at convincing us to buy more clothes. Today a wide ange of fashion experts are out there with a wide range of information. We can get advice from stylists, celebrities,online experts and the designers themselves. I have found that costume designers– those men and women who create iconic movie and TV styles– are among my favorite type of expert.
When I heard that How to Get Dressed was written by a costume designer, I could not wait to get my hands on the book. Rather than a guide to shopping and getting dressed the book is more focused on how to care for and tailor for the clothes you already own. There is a chapter on fitting tips and techniques, but nothing I haven’t heard before. She shares my love of vintage style, but again there is nothing really new about her advice on their wear and value.
But its in the style the emergency chapter that earns this book a spot on my bulging fashion bookshelves. I first saw this type of prep when I went backstage at Fashion Week. I saw boxes of foot pads, tapes, pins– and was mesmerized as they were put into action. In “How to Get Dressed” Freer drills down to show how to deal with all too common problems. Stains, gaps, rips, and hems , its all now easy to fix with How to Get Dressed emergency supplies. I was really impressed to learn that Wet Ones antibacterial wipes remove almost any minor stain while misting feet with Pam makes tight shoes instantly comfortable. And I’ve put away my ironning board forever after switching to an affordable steamer to erase wrinkles. A detailed explanation on how to use Topstick doublestick tape is alone wrth the price of the book.