Costume designer Alison Freer’s styling kit is a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solutions have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed, Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what’s in your closet work for you. She provides real-world advice about everything style-related, including:

• Making every garment you own fit better
• Mastering closet organization
• The undergarments you actually need
• The scoop on tailors and which alterations are worth it
• Shopping thrift and vintage like a rockstar

Instead of repeating boring style “rules,” Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun, and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison’s arsenal of tools and expertise.

I worked in a costume shop for 5 years and I learned so much about costumes, but more I learned about clothes, I learned about laundry, I learned about cleaning clothes, I learned how to disinfect shoes and surfaces and how to store pieces to make them last longer. I learned how to sort pieces, how to dry clean. I learned how to care for vintage dresses and repair holes and reattach zippers and buttons.

Even though I do know a lot about the care and keeping of clothing, I learned a great deal from this book. I would recommend it to any clothes horse, and it is a must for any aspiring costumer, costume designer or wardrobe master.