I recently found this terrific read at the Oxfam bookshop in Ealing. Linda Grant's "The Thoughtful Dresser," published in 2009, offers stories about compelling, real life women and their relationship with what they wear, as well as her own personal musings about the clothes on her back. While told with wit and heart, it isn't cheesy or overly sentimental. Grant does her research but her tone is light and more akin to a work of fiction, in fact she's also a novelist. Making a case for caring about fashion, Grant reminds us that what we wear is an act of self definition, a daily endeavor that's a necessary part of a healthy life. The book left me thinking differently about my style, indeed a thoughtful dresser.