this is a traditional site that bashes TAN books. (how UN-traditional)
TAN Books is a business that sells
books, one of which is Dressing with Dignity
. It is a big leap to say that criticism of one of the books that they sell is "bashing" the business.
As for the book, I tend to agree with Satori. There is some good information in there - I wouldn't dismiss it entirely - but I think it a poorly written book that draws far too much on other writers, instead of presenting any truly original material. I also think it's far too simplistic; "dresses good, pants bad" is hardly a sophisticated or
convincing argument in discussion of dress.
I had the notorious original copy, the one with extensive plagiarism, and she lifted whole thoughts and sentences from Alice von Hildebrand, Rita Davidson (Immodesty: Satan's Virtue
), and Helen Andelin (Fascinating Womanhood).
This really made me distrust Colleen Hammond, as she claims to be a college graduate and it's unbelievable to think that a college graduate would not know to acknowledge sources (which was her excuse).
On a personal note, I don't mind if Colleen Hammond wears a lot of make-up or that she tries to dress attractively. I'm tired to death of the ugly "modest dresser" look that is so predominant among evangelicals here in the South and so many traditional Catholics. I'd welcome HappyWife and her "stilettos" over clogs and ankle-length khaki or denim skirts any day!