The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat?) is the standalone follow-up to Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking that I read a few years ago. My review? This is more of the same Brittany from her social media presences and the original memoir, so if you enjoyed either of those, this should be right up your alley.
Since I follow Brittany elsewhere (Twitter, her blog, etc.) somewhat regularly and am familiar with her TED talk and media marketing runs, this didn’t feel all that new. Particularly the body-positive messages, blunt takes on fashion, and the bra-fitting stuff felt a little redone, but that is probably because I’m immersed in her stuff fairly regularly. I don’t disagree with what she says in most of these areas; fashion is hard for non-skinny people and it often tends to feel frumpy and old. Still, I simply wasn’t as profoundly moved by the topics here since they didn’t feel novel or shocking to me. I have to say, I could totally relate to the bulging button-up shirt on the cover, though 🙂
That said, I did ask for this book as a gift and I would have willingly purchased it had I not received it. The Clothes Make the Girl was just the enjoyable and light read I needed following my slog through The Man in the High Castle. While it definitely wasn’t groundbreaking literature, I am clearly part of her target audience and I polished this off in less than 24 hours like the guilty pleasure a piece of cake gobbled up after the kids go to bed would be!