What you wear can change your life Paperback – February 1, 2005
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I got this after a friend raved about the color chart in it. I thought there was just one chart. In fact, there is one for every color-and the variations within it. Don't know what to pair with those bubblegum pink pants you bought? Turn to page 86 and see that purple, orange and forest green all can be successfully combined with them. Pistachio green? See page 72. And so on for pretty much everything in your wardrobe OR for items that you've thought of buying but weren't sure what to pair them with. Plus the authors themselves take turns posing in every color family and give some great suggestions. There's literally something you'll use on every page.
But there's more. Find out what type of shoes, belts and jewelry work best for you, how to store clothes and accessories (I'm definitely taking their advice on necklaces and scarves), tips on all steps in the makeup process (and sorry ladies, but I'm not throwing out my bronzer) and how to hide all manners of figure flaws. For the flaws segment, the authors themselves once again bravely model so it's impossible to take offense. Throughout, Trinny and Susannah display more wit, charm and warmth than you might expect from a fasion how-to book. I can't emphasize enough how helpful they've been. I have the book from the American version of the show as well and while it too is very helpful, this one is my favorite.
The only complaint is some of the information might be a bit too geared towards women with fair skin and hair (as both the writers have.) The friend who recommended it to me is African-American and while she swears by the color charts, she says some of the advice simply doesn't work for her. Since the authors are the only models provided, this can be limiting if you are trying to imagine a look on darker skin and/or hair. So do keep that in mind. (Having said that, my friend still loves the book)
We were in a meeting last week, and the woman who was speaking was breaking nearly every rule in the book(s). It was so obvious, and had she known the "rules", it would have cost her no more money to pick out properly fitted clothes. Instead she wore awuful, clunky shoes, tapered, too-short pants, a turtleneck, horrible blazer, and had her hair up in a clip. Give her some pointy boots, long/boot-cut trousers, a jacket with appropriate lapel and buttons, ANYTHING other than a turtleneck, and let her hair down, she would have looked fabulous! No more work to look a 100 times better. It really is that easy.
If you are starting from the beginning, I suggest you start with the first What Not To Wear book that focuses on what to wear for your body shape. I would highly recommend What You Wear Can Change Your Life as a companion. Remember that Trinny and Susannah do not follow the trends like so many others. They believe that you should dress for your shape, and adapt trends to what flatters YOU. It is not a short-term fix. These are classic rules that will help you look fabulous for a very long time!
It starts with undergarments, and I love that they don't wear dainty little nothings under their clothes. We see how Susannah has shaped her body with the properly fitted undergarments, and it makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who needs tummy-tamers and butt-lifters!
The color section confuses me a bit. This is the part that I'm still getting the hang of, and one of the reasons why I only gave it four stars out of five. None of their descriptions fit me exactly, so I'm not 100% sure. But only time will tell. It really is about practice, and playing with color.
The Culling section was OK. It really is common sense, but it is a good visual reminder of how we need to be more critical about what we let take up our precious closet space, and to be more realistic about what we will actually ever wear again.
The Accessories secition is really great. I wish they had these in the first WN2W book! They cover purses, shoes, jewelry, scarves, and belts.
I also enjoy the Storage, Traveling, and Pregnancy chapters. I'm looking for a new armoire/wardrobe, and I'm going to incorporate some of their suggestions when I re-organize.
I hope you enjoy reading these books and incorporating their suggestions into your life as much as I have. When I finally began dressing to my shape, I instantly began getting compliments. I never wore much jewelry before, and now people are always asking me where I purchased them. It may sound frivilous, but there is so much negativity in our lives, that it is nice to feel good about something. It gives you a lift, and does indeed change your life in many small, and large ways.
This book is 1,000 times more helpful if you've read their previous book, What Not To Wear. With that said, after reading this book, I am armed with info for more confident clothes (and acceseries)shopping. I especially love their suggestions for color coordination and their favorite brand names.
I would never have spent $300.00 for a jacket before T&S. But with their rules in hand and a 3-way mirror in the dressing room, I am confident in my purchases. The clothes I have bought post T&S don't hang in my closet collecting dust. They are my favorites and they are the clothes I constantly get compliments on.
I have no waist and a big stomach. I know how to camaflouge that area after T&S and I know how to play up my assets. A great read and a reference book you'll return to again and again.
Top international reviews
love the fashion advice given. just what the doctor ordered
Worth buying a second time. It's a good reference. Especially during wardrobe cull season.