Fashion & Beauty

I Actually Wore This: Clothes We Can't Believe We Bought

A celebration of the fashion missteps of otherwise stylish individuals—from celebrities and fashion and media insiders to regular humans.
In everyone’s closet, there is one article of clothing that truly demonstrates a momentary lapse in fashion judgment. I Actually Wore This is the first book to celebrate these fashion blunders and lets us in on how and why they happened: the purple velour jumpsuit that was supposed to make you look dangerous, the Baron von Trapp–ish Tyrolean jacket that seemed like a good idea after six beers in Munich, and the cocktail napkin–sized swimsuit. Each of these cringe-inducing items somehow managed to find its way into the wardrobe of a typically fashionable person, and the authors are here to tell you how that happened.
In I Actually Wore This, otherwise stylish individuals, from Bergdorf Goodman’s fashion director to actress and SNL alum Molly Shannon, choose the one item from their closet that best illustrates when taste took a holiday, allow themselves to be photographed in it, and tell the story of how, where, and why they bought this article of clothing that makes them mutter "what was I thinking?" each time they see it.

About The Author

Tom Coleman is an Emmy-nominated writer and filmmaker who has worked with MTV, Esquire, and McSweeney’s, among other firms.

Jerome Jakubiec is a fashion, portrait, and celebrity photographer whose work has been published in magazines worldwide.

  • Publish Date: March 31, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books
  • Trim Size: 7-7/8 x 9-3/4
  • Pages: 192
  • US Price: $14.98
  • CDN Price: $19.98
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3810-5


"This book is such a fun take on some awesome people’s worst fashion mistakes."
Dose of Glamour 

"When it’s time to sort out your wardrobe, isn’t there at least one garment that has you thinking: “What was I thinking?” A new book celebrates those moments. And some of those stories will likely bring a huge smile to your face and possibly a chuckle. 'I Actually Wore This: Clothes We Can’t Believe We Bought' with words by Tom Coleman and photography by Jerome Jakubiec is a collection of personal accounts where different celebrities, fashionistas, media personalities and everyday people discuss a dress, suit, jacket, or pair of shoes that were tragic mistakes—but they can laugh about them now."

Author Bookshelf: Tom Coleman, Jerome Jakubiec