As clothes establish our identity, soul searching surpasses "you are what you wear" and experimenting with fits, fabrics, styles and designers determines who you are — and who you aspire to become. Sporting everything from Dean sweaters and Doc Martens to Ann Demeulemeester and a closetful of Calvin Klein (thanks to a clothing allowance), "Clothes Minded" weaves stories of childhood divorce, decades of dating, losing a parent, family alcoholism, career success and failure through the lens of what I wore. Fashion, and lessons from designers themselves, empowered me to find my authentic self.

There is heartache, happiness, and truths we all experience. These essays will make you laugh and (ugly) cry as you reflect back on your own journey — or glean guidance if you are currently navigating your way.



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"SATURDAYS WITH CNN'S Elsa Klensch"
It was the 90’s and Supermodels reigned supreme. Coined The Trinity, The Big Five, and then the Big Six (to welcome Kate Moss), they wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000. When industry domination wasn’t enough for these leggy clothes horses, the one-named wonders began to squabble publicly over the “Original Supermodels” title. They were the faces of a generation. Bombshell alert: I wasn’t one of them.

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