Whether your wardrobe is stuffed past capacity you still find yourself with "nothing" to wear or you wear the same things over and over (and over) and still don't feel quite right, Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner feels your fashion pain. "Your closet contains so much more than your clothes," explains the good doc, a clinical psychologist and founder of InsideOut, a wardrobe consulting business. "It holds your story. In this small, unassuming space, you can find where you have been, where you are, and where you need to go."
Her new book, YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR: What Your Clothes Reveal About You (for the Kindle version, CLICK HERE), Dr. 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 unique fashion guide, she first helps you identify the psychology behind your choices and then holds your hand while you discover the changes and tweaks you need to make to create a better life for yourself. "When you take the time and make the effort to alter one area of your life, such as the contents of your closet, improvement in other areas soon follows," she adds. "You are worth taking care of, whether in mind, body or wardrobe."
- Lesley Scott
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