Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You by Jennifer Baumgartner

You Are What You Wear is a refreshing take on what our clothes say about us, not just our outward appearance but on a psychological level as well. Jennifer Baumgartner, a clinical psychologist and founder of the wardrobe consulting business InsideOut, asserts that closets contain more than simply clothing. They reveal one’s essence. This book attempts to shed light on the deeper issues surrounding our fashion choices. Why do some people not dress their age, or some get stuck in a time warp, or still others find the need to hide or overexpose their bodies?

In Baumgartner’s real-life scenarios, her clients are encouraged to turn inward and reflect on why their closets look the way they do. What underlying emotional factors are driving their wardrobe decisions? Could self-confidence or self-esteem be at play? What is the client trying to communicate? These very questions and more are likewise asked of the reader. Baumgartner guides us on how to examine our clothing decisions. She provides solutions to create a practical yet stylish look for the person we wish to convey to others. But what makes this book more than just a fashion make-over is the advice it offers on improving our psyche in order to present an outward appearance that’s in harmony with our inner self.

If You Are What You Wear whets your appetite to read more on this topic, then try Stacy London's The Truth About Style.

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