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I Have Nothing To Wear!: A Painless 12-Step Program to Declutter Your Life So You Never Have to Say This Again!*

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You know the feeling: the anxiety, the dread, and the utter certainty that in spite of all of the options in the overcrowded closet before you, you have nothing to wear. The advent of discount retailers that offer up-to-the-minute fashion trends has only deepened the problem. Though our dresser drawers are overflowing with options, the daily crisis remains the same.

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Published August 16th 2011 by Rodale
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 ~Geektastic~

A resounding “meh.”

Full disclosure: I am obsessed with fascinated by style books and fashion blogs (personal and street style, none of that head-to-toe brand name shilling crap). I also strenuously differentiate between “style” and “fashion,” the former being an important concept, the latter being a cycle of overdone marketing and overall cluelessness. We all know the fashion industry is a bazillion dollar monster with a stranglehold on the self-esteem of a certain subset of women, and thus not
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Jennifer
Hmm. Well, good premise. Generally good information. Specifically, I can't take fashion advice from someone who regularly spends the cost of almost my entire wardrobe on one pair of shoes. It kind of reminded me of when I was pregnant and used to lie on the couch and watch episodes of What Not to Wear. They'd give these people $5000 and let them loose in NYC. They'd go home with maybe 4 or 5 outfits. It drove me nuts. I was thinking they could give me $5000 too. Even with spending a decent amoun ...more
Miss Clark
Mar 29, 2012 Miss Clark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Practically everyone
A good starting point for people who are overwhelmed by their wardrobe and clothing options.

As a fairly organized person who knows their own style and routinely declutters my closet, not much of the content was new for me, but I really did think they approached this very logically and succintly for the novice. It certainly reinforced my regular closet purges and my determination to only keep clothing that really does fit and flatter me, shows my style and is in good condition. And to invest in w
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Rachael
I felt that this book was aimed at people who spend more on one single item of clothing that I would on my entire wardrobe.

I don't feel that the advice given was practical for the everyday woman. It seems that a limitless budget would be required to follow their advice perfectly.

The whole concept of everything needing to be a 10 is great in theory but sometimes you need to compromise...lets face it. Somedays you feel great in that outfit and other day it just does not work for you. I think you
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Lauren Jackson
Oct 21, 2014 Lauren Jackson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with too much in his or her wardrobe
Shelves: organization
I did not like the organization techniques they proposed but mid-book (who needs an entire dresser for just their underthings? I can fit clothes in there too, thank you). However, the weeding technique did wonders not only for my closet and dresser but my wardrobe.

All your clothes are suppose to make you feel like a ten, according to Martin and Ravich. This is an interesting concept; it plays to the idea that the clothes that do not make you feel good will not get a high rotation. The reality is
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Brigid
Because God forbid I do even the most mundane task without some level of research.

The first sections were pretty good: solid advice. Unfortunately for me, I already live that part of the book. I am the anti-hoarder. I gut my closet multiple times a year. My problem is the shopping. I am trying to hold my purchases to the level they recommend. But it's exhausting. There's too much trying on and shipping back and trying to get to stores with two kids in tow... yeah, that's just not happening.

There
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Michelle
Nearly all fashion how-to books follow the exact same pattern. Prioritize/pick your style, purge your closet of losers and go forth to buy only fabulous items from here on... No wonder the fashion books on Goodreads have such low ratings. They're largely the same book over and over. Some books (this one included) are well written, have great illustrations, and even little sparks of brilliance.

For hundreds of years, women had a small wardrobe of well-crafted clothes. In many countries, including
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Laurie B-W
This book wasn't horrible, but there are better books, magazines, and blog posts about closet cleaning and finding one's best styles. This book was pretty thin on content--the margins were huge, nearly every other page had a quotation from the text pulled out in large text, and a great deal of space was taken up by the same few illustrations. Speaking of the illustrations, they weren't helpful. Photographs of real clothing, maybe modeled by real people would have been better.
J
Quick read - read in a day without trying. The book basically says to declutter your closet and only keep outfits you actually wear and feel comfortable in. Good advice. I feel some closet purging coming on...

I liked that when discussing dressing for various events, the authors broke down various styles into 6 options - classic, bohemian, preppy, fashionista, surfer girl and soccer mom. I am a mix of classic, preppy and soccer mom. I could scan for the styles that applied to me and easily disreg
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Tracy
This was an interesting take on decluttering your closet and figuring out what to wear. I thought the six categories of style were interesting: classic girl, bohemian girl, preppy girl, fashionista, surfer chick and soccer mom. Their ten basic must haves only included five articles of clothing: dark jeans, little black dress, black skirt, white button down shirt and black blazer. They gave advice on what to wear to different activities and stressed buying quality over quantity. I enjoyed the boo ...more
Lauren
It's not rocket science: it's true that if you've read a lot of women's magazines, you are probably familiar with most of these concepts. However, I don't know about you but I don't keep old magazines lying around for when I need a refresher (that reminds me of a hoarder). It was nice to have all that advice assembled in one book; having it all together was not all convenient but far more motivating to have the entire process laid out, as opposed to a series of articles.

The concept of making you
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♥ Amanda
This book was entertaining, but I'm not sure it was what I was expecting. The 2 women that wrote this seemed to have great advice for women that weren't either moms, or on a budget. I mean, how do you get all the crap out of your closet and start over with quality pieces when getting rid if said crap would literally leave you with nothing to wear? I liked the suggestion of enlisting a friend to help you de-clutter your closet, as well as the grouping of styles to help you find your own. I'm just ...more
Rebecca
This wasn't a terrible read--very frothy, but funny in places--and there's a chapter or two of sound advice for purging clothes that don't make you happy when you wear them. Unfortunately, however, both authors direct most of their remarks to a very limited audience (wealthy, white, urban women with lots of time and inclination to shop upscale boutiques) without seeming to be aware that the book would be more helpful to the average reader if it took into account more budgets, skintones, body typ ...more
Christina
This is a fun book, a quick read and will provide motivation if you need to do a little closet cleaning and don't know where to start. I liked the wardrobe suggestions, although as a member of the "soccer mom" category, I didn't think they were completely practical or on-target (both authors are single and have no kids, and frankly, are quite obsessed with themselves). They probably didn't know anyone to ask for help with this category. If you live in New York or Miami and/or like to watch Jill ...more
Jill Kemerer
I enjoyed the breezy tone of this style guide. The authors had good suggestions about enlisting a friend to help us clean out our closets, and they gave useful guides about how to define our style. Unfortunately, the illustrations repeated over and over, and I would have preferred photographs or non-repeating illustrations. Also, while it's nice to have every item in your closet a "10," it's unrealistic for most of us on a budget. Maybe we can get to "10" eventually, but if I threw out every ite ...more
Molly
Basically, this book changed my life. If you have ever looked at a closet full of clothes and still felt like you truly had nothing to wear, it is essential that you read this book. I might purchase this book so that I can refer to it frequently. I really learned a lot about myself by reading this book, and laughed hysterically! This was an empowering book and was very useful. I loved it!!!! It helped me to make changes in my life immediately!
Karla
Total waste of time. The first half of the book is about going through your current wardrobe and getting rid of clothes you don't like/haven't worn lately/stained etc. Nothing I haven't read many times in many magazine articles. Next they list the 10 items every woman needs - well maybe they are the 10 items you need if you live in a large city and work in the television industry - they are not the items I need.
Zombrie
can't even say this is a solid three stars, more like two and a half. fun, quick to read, with good general rules; there isn't much personality in this book. picked it up because I have started cleaning out my own closet, but there was no real ground breaking ideas within. references to sex and the city and $500 (or more) shoes should have been the first hint
Shaun
This book is great for people like me who have a ton of clothes, always feel they haven othing to wear. After I read this book, I withdrew 2 garbage bags of clothing truely felt I could actually seemy wardrobe and get more creative with my outfits. It also helps you define which basic are necessary.
Bita
Nothing new here at all. A couple of girls with fancy jobs, fancy clothes and lots of money telling everyone else how to get organized, throw away the crappy clothes, buy nice new things.
But there are just a couple of good tips in there regarding storing the clothes and organizing the closets.
Mary
Some of the ideas on building a basic wardrobe seemed useful, but some were just nuts. A core wardrobe of 10 basic pieces should include 2 pairs of high heels (one of them strappy metallic sandals) and 2 handbags (one a metallic clutch). I apparently live on a different planet than these two.
Jennifer Gillette
I already have a nicely organized closet & am well aware of everything in there, so I am not this book's target audience. But I liked some of the tips about when to edit things out and the style in which it was written. (Less references to the Today show wouldn't hurt.)
Kerrie
I think there were some good tips in the book. However, I just can't get over the fact that people spend so much on clothes! Their "great deals" were more than I have even spent on almost anything, including furniture!
Sarah
My closet is already pared down and I know my style but I was still able to glean some tips from this book.

If you need help organizing your wardrobe, finding your style and getting on track I think this is a great read for you!
Julie
This could motivate some people to clean out their closets and get certain must-have pieces, but overall it was shallow and repetitive. I didn't like how the authors kept repeating the fashion types, like classic, bohemian, etc.
Jennifer
I liked the cute drawings of the outfits, all of them except "Surfer Girl" were really cute. I wish I could buy the outfits as is (but at a more affordable price). Now to get started on cleaning that closet!
Jun
You can teach how to organize the wardrobe, but you cannot teach the style. I will be really bored to wear the items they picked. Oversimplified approach.
LemontreeLime
Read it in an hour. I found this disappointing, and geared towards a vastly different audience than one i am a part of.
Wanja
I thought it would be more about de-cluttering and organization, but I enjoyed reading about fashion.
Michelle
Best part were the steps listed on how to go through the things in your closet.
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