Book Review: Always Pack a Party Dress


Always Pack a Party Dress

I have been a little under the weather so I caught up on some reading. I have several books lined up for review so even though  I didn’t feel great it was nice to have time to read. Once of the books I just finished up is Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion by Amanda Brooks.

About the Author via Goodreads:

Amanda Brooks is the author of I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Men’s Vogue, where she wrote the popular online column “In Her Eyes.” The former fashion director of Barney’s New York and creative director of Tuleh, she has appeared as a fashion expert on Today, The Early Show, and National Public Radio. She lives with her husband and two children in Oxfordshire, England.

Book Review of Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion


Always Pack a Party Dress is a memoir of Amanda Brooks’ 20 year experience in the fashion industry. Brooks shares her stories of breaking into the world of fashion, forming her own personal style, fashion and beauty tips and fashion inspiration. The book is broken into personal stories by Brooks with wonderful photos. Brooks expresses that you should not feel as though you have to read the book in order, you can pick out stories that you think will resonate with you at the time or flip through and find inspiration in the photos.

My Thoughts

I have never read a fashion book and don’t read many non-fiction books, however I have made it a goal to broaden my reading habits. I didn’t know what to expect with this book… would it be funny? would it tell me what to wear? will I even like it?

As I dove into the book I felt as though I was reading a blog which was nice. It was an interesting read that gave insights to the fashion world. I like clothes but I am pretty fugal with my style and even though the designers and brands Brooks wears are way out of my fashion budget her stories have inspired me to really think about the clothes I am purchasing and work toward creating my own personal style. Some of her articles I did not enjoy as much as others, like when she shares every outfit she has ever worn to the Met Ball (it got a little long), but the way the book is written you can choose to skip on to the next story. I loved looking at the photos in the book as she shared outfits and fashion accessories.  

Who would I recommend this book to?

This book is great for someone interested in the fashion industry but I think there is also something to gain for women in other industires. If you like to read fashion blogs I think you will like this book as well. 


3 of 5Overall it was enjoyable to get a glimpse into the fashion world. I gave it a 3 of 5 because it did not captivate me enough to never want to put it down but This book is great to pick up and read a chapter here and there. 

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