An illustration of three young girls side by side, each dressed in different styles

Cover of “Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through (And Despite) Fashion:





July 19, 2013—Fashion consultant Jackie Walker and fashion writer Pamela Dittmer McKuen are on a mission to help young girls ditch their fashion doubts, love what they wear and accept who they are. In their new book, EXPRESSIONISTA: HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR TRUE SELF THROUGH (AND DESPITE) FASHION (Beyond Words/Aladdin; September 3, 2013; $16.99), Walker and McKuen incorporate self-help techniques into the ever-present dilemma of fashion, giving girls the inspiration to embrace their style and express their authenticity.

Through fun quizzes, insider tips and relatable case studies, the authors help girls, ages 8-12, how to:

  • Dress for her body type
  • Develop confidence in her fashion choices
  • Track fashion trends
  • Shop on a budget
  • Organize her fashionable closet

 EXPRESSIONISTA teaches readers to approach fashion without fear, with the support from tween-favorite superstars:

“It’s all about finding your own beauty, not wishing you looked like someone else.”—Zooey Deschanel

“Today is another day for your inner goddess to step out and shine.”—Jennifer Lopez


About the Authors

Jackie Walker is a longtime fashion consultant and coauthor of I Don’t Have a Thing To Wear, which helps women develop a healthy relationship with their clothes. Coined the “Dr. of Closetology”, she has spoken to groups such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

Pamela Dittmer McKuen is a full-time feature writer specializing in homes, design, fashion, travel and architecture. She writes for myriad publications including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Life, a magazine that appears in regional editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.



How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion

By Jackie Walker and Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Beyond Words/Aladdin

September 3, 2013


HC ISBN: 978-1-58270-429-6

PB ISBN: 978-1-58270-248-9

AWARD: “Expressionista: How to Express your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion” was honored with 3rd Place in the Books and Creative Writing/Young Adult Nonfiction category in the 2014 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association.

Two women sitting at a table in front of stacks of books
Expressionista authors Jackie Walker and Pamela Dittmer McKuen at a Mother-Daughter Breakfast and Book-Signing, Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois

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