How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing

How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing

Alison Freer

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1607747065

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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 expertise.

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the sheath provides a classic, timeless look—but due to its highly fitted nature can be prone to armhole, shoulder, and waistline fit issues. + When the armhole of a sheath dress fits poorly, you’ll know it—and the entire dress will then fit poorly. An armhole that is set too high will cause it to dig and cut into your arm and armpit. If an armhole is set too low, the entire dress will pull up when you lift your arms. The armhole on a sheath dress should be no lower than an inch below your

look back, no matter how much those items originally cost.) But when you store your clothes like wardrobe girls do, what you should keep and what you should toss becomes totally obvious—because it’s right there in front of your eyes. See how easy that was? Undergarments are a pretty ridiculous concept, if you really think about it. Why are we meant to wear a special set of clothes underneath our regular clothes? (I guess for, like, sanitary reasons and stuff?) I’m not saying that I think you

share them with friends! Now, aren’t you glad you bought a book written by a girl who likes to look good on the cheap? MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN To keep your smooth leather boots clean, shiny, and scuff-free, it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a shoeshine every now and then. The old-fashioned shoeshine booth does still exist—you can usually find one located anywhere businessmen tend to congregate, like airports. So hop on up in the chair with a newspaper and chill out like a character in

no more than three capfuls of bleach to one gallon of water. Chlorine bleach can rapidly change the color of a garment and cause irreversible damage (including yellowing of white garments), so check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out within fifteen minutes of bleaching, it cannot be removed by bleaching. Do not allow garment to soak for longer than fifteen minutes, as fibers will start to break down. Rinse garment and launder immediately after treating. MAKE-UP

removed with a stiff bristle brush. Pills on wool can safely be dispersed using a fabric shaver or disposable razor. Acknowledgments I would be absolutely nowhere without the support of my family: my dad Doug, my mom Jackie, my brother Paul, and my love Tommy Blacha. Tommy always told me when what I’d written was good—but also pointed out how it could be better. And from the very first conversation I had with Kaitlin Ketchum, my editor at Ten Speed, I knew she was the one for me. Her

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