A Life in Frocks Book Review
A Life in Frocks is about the ‘divine obsession’- a woman’s love for clothes. In particular, it is a personal, entertaining, joyous-and seductive- explanation of the significance of clothes, filtered through one woman’s life-long sartorial infatuation.
For as long as she can remember, Kelly Doust has been passionate about clothes. They are her first, and most, enduring love affair to date. Like the vast majority of women, she adores the playfulness of fashion and its endless ability to transform. She loves the ritual and drama of getting dressed, assuming different identities in different outfits and exploring the many facets of her personality. She buys far too many glossy magazines, and puzzles over how she can spend half of her life shopping and yet still find herself with nothing to wear.
Over the years, clothes have comforted her, given her confidence, lured lovers, made her invisible, secured jobs, aged her and given her back her youth. And yes, they have betrayed her.
I will admit; I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. Sure, I love clothes and shopping as much as the next girl (with a particular weakness for shoes), but I was not sure about an entire book based on one woman’s wardrobe. Boy was I wrong!
Kelly Doust, a former publicist and regular contributor to Vogue, has truly shone in this sweet concoction of memories and musings on her- and many other women’s- first true love: fashion.
She speaks about clothes with the same passion as one speaks about their friends. Written in a casual and chatty tone, you will find yourself nodding in amazed agreement at Kelly’s style thoughts: how an ideal outfit can bring much-needed confidence or comfort, how difficult it is to find the perfect LBD (little black dress), and those items that you just cannot let go of (no matter how out of style or impossibly small they now are).
So, I stand corrected: this was a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to appreciate high fashion. Trickled with fashion tips and cute illustrations, this charming memoir will spark a newfound appreciation for your – and others – wardrobes!
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