Fashionista contributor Jo Piazza knows a lot about a lot of things: celebrity culture, politics, and especially relationships. It’s not her area of expertise as a journalist, per se, but she’s ammassed enough, er, experiences to cull from for her debut chick lit novel, Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps.
“My main character Sophie creates Love Rehab, which is like Alcoholics Anonymous but for people who are neurotic about relationships, when she gets dumped really bad,” Piazza told us. “I think I wrote it because I was a neurotic dater in my twenties and so were most of my friends–all of our stories combined were too hilarious not to fictionalize. So about 50% of the book was influenced by things that really happened, and 50% came from my messed up brain.”
Drawing on that 50% of things that really happened, we asked Piazza to lay out her commandments for dressing post-breakup. Let’s just say she learned these lessons the hard way. And she has the photos to prove it. And now, in her own words…
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the name of love. At the top of that list are the sartorial slip-ups I have made when love has gone awry.
When a girl gets dumped her wardrobe isn’t always a priority. It should be. Looking back over the five most devastating breakups of my life, I wish that someone would have told me the many things I would regret. I wish 30-year-old me had told 20-year-old me a few fashion rules that would have helped me both heal and avoid the veiled laughter of my friends and frenemies.