The Thoughtful Dresser

The Thoughtful Dresser

About the Book:

‘A good handbag makes the outfit. Only the rich can afford cheap shoes. The only thing worse than being skint is looking as if you’re skint.’

For centuries, an interest in clothes has been dismissed as the trivial pursuit of vain empty-headed women. Yet, clothes matter, whether you are interested in fashion or not because what we choose to dress ourselves in defines our identity. For the immigrant arriving in a new country to the teenager who needs to be part of the fashion pack or the woman turning forty who must reassess her wardrobe, the truth is that how we look and what we wear, tells a story. And what a story. The Thoughtful Dresser tells us how a woman’s hat saved her life in Nazi Germany, looks at the role of department stores in giving women a public place outside the home, savours the sheer joy of finding the right dress. Here is the thinking woman’s guide to our relationship with what we wear: why we want to look our best and why it matters. The Thoughtful Dresser celebrates the pleasure of adornment.

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Published by Virago
Paperback | ISBN: 9781844085569 | RRP: £11.99

Published by Scribner
Hardback | ISBN: 9781439158821 | RRP: $25.00

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‘For a thoughtful dresser like me, it is a treat to read someone writing seriously about the pleasure of clothes, having ploughed through joyless economic and psychological analyses of the subject . . .
I only wish that Linda Grant had written this funny, perceptive book years ago.’
– Alice Rawsthorn, The Guardian

‘The Thoughtful Dresser is exactly what you would expect from this author: compelling, analytical, surprising.’
– Viv Groskrop, The Observer

‘Thanks to Grant’s stimulating and beautifully-written book, I for one will be feeling less guilty on my next visit to Liberty’s.’
– Catherine Horwood, Independent

‘This is a book that celebrates fashion in the most intelligent, heartfelt and irresistible of ways. As Grant says, “Never go beige into that good night; there will be more than enough time for neutrals in the darkness of the grave.” From now on, I shall be following her advice.’
– Sarah Vine, The Times