Praise for Out of Shape

“Illuminating, fascinating and utterly necessary” – Benjamin Law

“Original, witty and thought-provoking…you’ll never look at a rack of clothes the same way again.” – Monica Dux

“A lively and personal waltz through the history and culture of clothing size and fit … illuminating and enjoyable.” – Portia Lindsay, Books+Publishing

“This is exactly the type of writing that I love – intellectually charged, feminist and smart.” – Jessica Au, Readings

“A smart, meticulous and well-researched examination of clothes and society. It is a book that will inspire readers to think about their own relationship with what they wear” – Kylie Mason, Newtown Review of Books

Out of Shape has slapped me in the face. Fashion doesn’t mean just talking about the way things look. What about how things feel? … Mel slices up the broad topic of ‘fashion and fit’ with anecdotes, research and insight.” – Marissa Shirbin, Three Thousand

“Smart, sassy and honest … a timely plea for acceptance of idiosyncrasy and individual flair over narrow and mindless assumptions about the body beautiful.” – Fiona Capp, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

Out of Shape offers a fresh angle on an old topic, and Campbell has the smarts, the pop culture knowledge, the literary nous, the wit and the counterbalancing gravitas to set herself apart” – Stephanie Convery, Overland

“A fitting book for anyone who wants an intelligent, witty insight into the fashion industry without the ‘on trend’ and ‘directional’ speak.” – Bridie McAlister, Time Out Melbourne

“Her direct, personable style puts together interviews, observations and personal experiences that open a whole new wardrobe.” – Helene Sobolewski, Adelaide¬†Advertiser

“The research is fastidious, the analysis cogent, the tone incisive and witty … the relationship between these bigger industrial and cultural histories and our own love–hate relationships with clothes becomes strikingly and satisfyingly clear.” – Dion Kagan, Australian Book Review