By Leah Greenblatt
Updated July 14, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Marie Claire essayist’s book could be called The Way We Wore: Her misty Prada-colored memories of outfits span the thirtysomething’s lifetime.

Source of Angst
Clothing crises, dating back to flat feet that leave her in Pumas in junior high.

Fashion Mishap
Bell-bottoms lead to a near-death experience on a department-store escalator.

Despite its engaging premise, Halpern’s dull recollections are less than literary couture.