Halbreich has re-invented herself time and again, occasionally against her will or seemingly by chance. There's no doubt she's lived a full life, with interesting twists and turns - all deeply rooted in clothes: the traditions of dress she learned early on, her own sense of taste and style, and the memories associated with individual pieces in her closet.
"I don't believe in disposable fashion or people." - Betty Halbreich
Betty's honesty and openness around her marriage, and her subsequent fall into depression and commitment to a mental hospital, are the most riveting sections of the book, perhaps because that's where her vulnerability is laid most bare. Reading about the darkest days of her life was very moving. Some of the stories are repetitive and a bit meandering, so be prepared to skim here and there. Overall, though, it's a candid glimpse into the life of a woman who made her own way through the world, against a lot of odds.
I would not read this book if you're a die-hard fashionista. Rather, read her previous book, Secrets of a Fashion Therapist: What You Can Learn Behind the Dressing Room Door. There, Halbreich is doing what she seems to do best: dispensing advice on how to achieve your own personal style. Read I'll Drink to That for a little bit of soap and glam (with stories that feature everyone from Cameron Diaz to Babe Paley, Isaac Mizrahi to Pat Fields), and a firm reminder that one never knows what someone else is going through by looking in from the outside.