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Clinton Kelly is the co-host of TLC's popular show What Not to Wear, a spokesperson for Macy's, and a motivational speaker who has successfully talked thousands of women out of wearing stirrup pants. He received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has worked as an editor at several noted fashion publications, including Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, and DNR, a weekly men's trade magazine. Originally from Long Island, he lives in New York City.
THE ATROCITIES I’VE SEEN
I mean, seriously, sometimes I’m surprised I haven’t already gouged out my own eyes. Truth be told, I did come pretty damn close once. I was in Pittsburgh, at the airport, or maybe it was Cincinnati. Doesn’t matter, really. There I was, just minding my own business, reading the newspaper and waiting for my flight to board, when a couple of women approached me.
“Are you Clinton?” one of them asked.
This question always kind of bugs me. You know it’s me. Just say hello and go back to your quadruple mocha latte. “Yep,” I replied, and looked up to see two of the most horrific outfits imaginable. Both women—both—were wearing horizontal-striped turtlenecks tucked into high-waisted Mom Jeans with white cross-trainers.
“We love your show!” said one.
“We watch it all the time!” declared the other.
I smiled and said thank you, because I’m a gentleman. But inside my little head, I screamed to the heavens with all my might: Why, God! Why do you hate me so much!
Maybe I get a tad exasperated from time to time, but certainly you can understand why. I’ve spent the good part of a decade explaining, with as much patience as I could muster, why you shouldn’t pair socks with sandals, why you might want to avoid tube tops after the age of forty, why elastic-waist pants are evil incarnate. But, evidently, not everyone is listening.
Still, I continue on with my mission to make America a more beautiful place. I’m like that Native American dude from the commercial who cries when he sees people litter. Except, I’m not crying. It’s more like I’m laughing at you. In fact, he’s laughing at you too. We’re having gin and tonics right now, and I was just telling him that your outfit was revolting. And you know what he said?
And how! Couldn’t you just die? I almost peed my pants a little.
© 2010 Clinton Kelly
Most of the advice given was nothing new--unless you are severely fashion impaired. The author delivered his advice in a petty, mean spirited way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jen L
There are a lot of style mistakes that I have made in my life, some I've gotten over and some I will continue to repeat, for eg. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Seema
If you can't handle snark and basically have no sense of humor, skip this. If you like style and want a great laugh, this is a great book. Lots of fun.Published 6 months ago by M. Clark
Hilarious walk through fashion mistakes. I actually laughed out loud while reading it.Published 6 months ago by alixer
Such good tips. Clinton is spot on and hilarious. I laughed out loud too many times to count. This book is definitely a keeper. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E R I N
Lots of good advice, but the snarky humor alone is worth the price of the book. I read it in one sitting.Published 7 months ago by Julie Barnes
Good go-to guide for dressing for success. Good second opinion for mixing and matching and styling.Published 7 months ago by Linda B.