To wear or not to wear?

Essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities – famous, anonymous, religious, secular, transgendered, married, single, young, old – on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives, Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear is unusual, interesting and original, and pretty all-encompassing at more than 530 pages. Not really a ‘fashion’ book as such – although high fashion and the ‘fashion world’ is touched on, this book began as a list of more than fifty questions designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style and what it means in our visual world. How and why they make the choices they do about clothing, what clothing means or doesn’t mean, whether it is armour, disguise or decoration, what is important personally and politically, how it connects and disconnects women from other people. There are very few pictures of women in their clothes which focuses you on what the women – almost 700 of them – are saying. One of the most interesting books I’ve read on clothing, it is refreshing and thought provoking, and embraces the complexity of women’s style decisions, revealing the sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.


One thought on “To wear or not to wear?

  1. Love this idea, especially with it lacking the visual representations of what these women look like or dress like. It is a fascinating area of study, and one that I think many people don’t think about when focusing on the realm of gender studies. Will definitely look into this book.

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