The Thoughtful Dresser

Quotes From The Thoughtful Dresser I just finished reading "The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter" by Linda Grant.

It's a lovely read that explores the role of fashion throughout history as well as a personal autobiography and fashion manifesto. It completely verbalized many of the reasons I decided to become a fashion consultant. Here's a gathering of my favorite quotes:

"...if you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in all your life, each baby shoe and winter coat and wedding dress, you would have your autobiography."

"Sometimes clothes are more than clothes, and throwing them away is too much like amputation."

"I looked at the clothes that remained in my wardrobe and wondered what would eventually happen to them. They had been kinder to me than some people I knew."

"Nothing more cruelly reveals the business of our aging flesh than sticking to the same clothing, makeup, and hairstyles for the whole of our lives."

"That was Dior's gift, to make you fall in love with clothes."

"When academics write about the language of clothes and describe the various messages that are encrypted in garments, they seldom include in that vast vocabulary the word rejoice. Clothing as social and cultural signals, but not these piercing feelings of joy that new clothes can bring to the wearer."

"Those who take no particular interest in clothes will, by accident or passivity, go with the fashion flow. Appearing never to update their wardrobe, they nonetheless alter their dress over the decades, changes not necessarily observable to the naked eye because of the glacier like slowness of their movement."

"Caring about what you wear is one small but not entirely insignificant dimension of existence."

"Creatures of surface, mirrors have a simple story to tell us and fail over and over again to reflect back the gift of our inner beauty and hard-won wisdom."

"I'm tired of fat men telling women whose bones do not show through their skin that they should lay off the doughnuts."