Reader reviews for The Thoughtful Dresser by Linda Grant

This is a collection of essays, broadly linked by the argument that clothes, and an interest in them, is an essential part of humanity not a frivolous pastime. I enjoyed reading the individual pieces but overall found it a little thin. There are some striking stories about how the pursuit of style and beauty can enhance our individualism and humanity, but I found the frequent references to high-end designer clothes and shoes a bit grating.
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I enjoyed a lot of the anecdotes here, but the framing narratives were weak at best. A lot of the book felt like an attempt at defending high-class consumption and celebrated the need to spend as much as possible on clothing.
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Initially its interesting, academic defence of fashion made me want to dress up a little, but the underlying theme moves to the forefront and it becomes a very different book.
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This is a lovely book, if not life-changing. Grant's take is that no one, no one at all, doesn't care about what they wear, that what we put on our bodies makes us human. She holds that clothes are our identifier, life's communicator, an event and a story in every case. It is a history of fashion, a social commentary, a soliloquy to creative wears, a collection of stories of what clothes have done, and can do, in lives. As a whole, this book didn't come together as I would have liked it to, but I did enjoy its stories and thoughts. I simply put it down wishing for a bit more cohesiveness.Available at Teton County Library in Nonfiction, call number: 391.2 Grant
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