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You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You [NOOK Book]

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Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieces from a wardrobe that just doesn’t feel “right.” Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues.

What if you could understand your appearance as a representation of your inner unresolved conflicts and then assemble a wardrobe to ...

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Overview


Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieces from a wardrobe that just doesn’t feel “right.” Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues.

What if you could understand your appearance as a representation of your inner unresolved conflicts and then assemble a wardrobe to match the way you wish to be perceived? In this fashion guide that is like no other, Dr. Baumgartner helps readers identify the psychology behind their choices, so they can not only develop a personal style that suits their identity but also make positive changes in all areas of life.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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Phillip Bloch, fashion expert, author & TV personality
“If your wardrobe isn’t working for you, don't go off and buy another piece of clothing, buy this book! The answer to the age-old question ‘What should I wear?’ is right here. An insightful, informative, and relevant approach to dressing yourself when you just don’t have your own celebrity stylist.”

Dr. Robin Zasio, PsyD, featured doctor on the A&E hit series “Hoarders” and author of The Hoarder In You
“Dr. Baumgartner gives us a captivating look into the psychology of what we wear. Her perspective is insightful and relatable, offering a unique opportunity to unlock this complex relationship.”
 
Tamar Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety
“What a great book! Dr. Baumgartner’s wise guide teaches us not only what our clothes reveal about our shopping or hoarding tendencies, but about our dreams, memories, and emotions. A fascinating read with great practical advice.” 
 
Regina Leeds, New York Times bestselling author of One Year to an Organized Life
“I have long held the belief that going through a closet is like reading a short story. Your life is revealed through your clothing choices. Dr. Baumgartner holds your hand and gently leads you from confusion to clarity. After reading this book, you’ll never view ‘retail therapy’ in the same way.”
 
Heather K. Jones, RD, author of Drop 5 Lbs
“Learning the how and why behind your wardrobe will have a profound impact on how you dress! Dr. Baumgartner offers doable solutions to help you clean out your closet...and your life. You Are What You Wear is a must read for women of all ages!”
 

PopMatters.com, 3/27/12
“Baumgartner showcases many success stories in the book and with phrases like ‘closet constipation’ is often witty and fun. And in doing so, she fulfills the book jacket’s promise to help readers break out of fashion ruts, ‘look current at any age’ and ‘create a balanced, beautiful wardrobe.’”
 
Bookviews (blog), April 2012
“A book to help the fashion-challenged in time for the new spring line…For anyone who approaches the purchase of new clothes either buying and spending too much or with a certain sense of dread, this is definitely the book to read!”

Library Journal
, 4/1/12

“This fascinating book tells readers how to examine their wardrobe and their emotions and create harmony by reconciling the two…Recommended.”
 
PhiladelphiaTribune, 3/23/12
“[A] fashion guide that is like no other.”
 
DailyFrontRow.com, 3/27/12
“Just a quick skim or chapter of this relatable read and you’re bound to be overcome with an urge to purge your hangers, but better fitting jeans, and change the way you shop.”
 
San Francisco Book Review / Sacramento Book Review, 4/20
“Might nudge you to get rid of those hole-riddled stained sweatpants and opt for something that portrays you to the world in a more positive way.”
 

Bookworm Sez” nationally syndicated column, 4/30/12
“So your Dress for Success plan is coming unbuttoned? The look you thought was cool makes you look a fool? Then this book can help…Baumgartner does a thorough job in helping women (and men!) to understand what they need to do to find the look they need with maximum style and minimal cash outlay…If you’ve ever been told to tone your wardrobe down, spice it up, or update it, buckle down with this book.”
 
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/2/12
“Get ready to dive deep into your closet, and your psyche…It’s fascinating to read how much what we wear on the outside reflects who we are on the inside.”
 
Blogcritics.org, 4/29/12
“Helps you uncover the real reasons behind our choices and the solutions to almost every woman’s fashion dilemmas…If you’re concerned about the state of your wardrobe or your closets, You Are What You Wear is definitely an eye opener.”
 
InfoDad.com, 5/3/12
“Baumgartner presents ‘the psychology of dress’ in an entertaining fashion…Her basic approach—which is, boiled down to its essence, to think about your clothes and be mindful of what they say and why you buy and wear them—is worthwhile…Baumgartner does a good…job of analyzing what different forms of clothing say about the women wearing them, and her positive reinforcement will be appreciated by women who genuinely want to change their look.”
 
VIVmag.com, 5/16/12“Baumgartner gets to the issues underlying wardrobe woes…Part style guide, part psychological examination.”

Hutchinson Leader
, 6/14/12

“Lots of interesting insights.”

Curled Up with a Good Book, 6/22/12

“Baumgartner doesn’t sneer at our fashion flubs; her tone throughout the book is respectful, sympathetic, and nurturing…What Baumgartner helps us to understand is that clothing is an outward manifestation of some inner turmoil.”
 
RadiantLit.com, 6/22/12
“Helpful in explaining why we do the things we do and how we can change our behaviors…While this book is not meant to take the place of professional counseling, the reader can learn general reasons for personal issues and how those manifest themselves in our clothing. Without being preachy or harsh, Dr. Baumgartner effectively shows readers that it’s possible to improve ourselves and have it show in how we dress. Entertaining and helpful, You Are What You Wear definitely gives some credence to retail therapy.”

Tucson Citizen
, 7/19/12
“[A] nifty new book…If you want to dress and feel better about yourself and how you look, this could be the guide you have been searching for.”

New York Times, 8/30/12
“[An] insightful book.”

Blog Business World, 8/25/12
“[An] insightful and transformational book…Jennifer Baumgartner understands that a person's clothing selections reflect much more about the individual's inner life than most people think…This book will help employment seekers, business and professional people, families, and anyone else put their best selves forward and show the world they are ready for success.”

Midwest Book Review, August 2012“Provides fine insights into how wardrobe choices reflect life perspectives and inner emotions…Readers will find [it] insightful and engrossing.”

PortlandBook Review, 5/16/12“Somewhere on the occupational spectrum between a fashion stylist and a hoarding interventionist can be found clinical psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner…Baumgartner’s personable writing style and visible interest in the economic and emotional complications of fashion and clothing consumerism put an interesting spin on the problem of a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.”

Notions, April 2013
“This author is a practicing clinical psychologist and also runs InsideOut, her own wardrobe consulting business—a killer combo.”

Library Journal
Why do we choose the clothing we do? What does it mean that some people choose to wear clothes too big for them? Too tight? Too young? Too old? Practicing clinical psychologist and wardrobe consultant Baumgartner explores the reasons why some people choose to wear bright, glittery clothes while others choose pieces that make them look bigger than they really are. She explains that many people want their clothing to disguise their true selves and help them fit in. The key question to ask, Baumgartner says, is: With whom does the person wish to fit? Clothes allow us to communicate to the world what kind of person we want to be. But why do some of us wish to look 20 when we are 40? Or, for that matter, 40 when we are 20? VERDICT This fascinating book tells readers how to examine their wardrobe and their emotions and create harmony by reconciling the two. Although Baumgartner's anecdotes occasionally feature men, this book will appeal primarily to women. Recommended.—Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738215334
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 514,939
  • File size: 608 KB

Meet the Author


Jennifer Baumgartner, PsyD, is a practicing clinical psychologist who also runs her own wardrobe consulting business, Inside Out. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction

The InsideOut Connection: Discovering the Psychology of Dress ix

What's in Your Closet? Take the Challenge xvii

Chapter 1 Shop Til You Drop

When You Buy More Than You Need 1

Chapter 2 Letting Go

When Your Closet Is Overflowing 33

Chapter 3 Somnambulist

When You Are Bored with Your Look 65

Chapter 4 Body of Work

When You Avoid Mirrors 87

Chapter 5 Your Cover s Blown

When You Bare Too Much 115

Chapter 6 Adventures in Time Travel

When You Are Not Dressing for Your Age 141

Chapter 7 Working for It

When You Find Yourself Forever in Work Clothes 167

Chapter 8 It's All in the Details

When You Are Covered in Labels 191

Chapter 9 Getting Back to You

When You Live in Mom Jeans 211

Epilogue 233

Appendix: Do-It-Yourself Wardrobe Analysis 235

Index 243

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Spot on!

    I was really surprised at how on target the author's observations were for me. The book really made me think about how others might and do perceive me based on what I wear. It also made me realize the makeover I am working on is in order to show off the me I am and the me I want to be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Bewear!

    This book provides some very constructive information and advice. It also includes recommendations that are internally inconsistent -- meaning that what may help with one wardrobe problem may be wrong for another. It presumes a level of judgment that some readers my not possess. I also think that the bulk of the advice is pitched to women 40 and under, preferably blonde and not short-haired.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    HIghly recommend

    This is a wonderful book with great insight. Enjoyable reading that anyone can relate to....filled with great positive advice.

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