My name is Patti and I have an addiction. I will watch What Not To Wear any time, any where. Reruns, sure. Double reruns, uh-huh. Shows that I’ve memorized, yeah.I rarely watch television, except for sports and some yummy HBO series. But there are several reasons this little show captivates me:
- I love New York City. I have written about this love affair before. WNTW lets me roam city streets and peek inside downtown boutiques. I even thrill to the shots in the store dressing rooms, trying to guess if I’ve ever been there.
- Who doesn’t love a Cinderella story? It’s so satisfying to watch a lovely woman become even more stunning and and polished. Their progression in one short hour is inspiring. We often get to see a huge leap in self-confidence by show’s end.
- Stacy and Clinton give helpful advice about how to build a wardrobe, mix colors, accessorize, and move outside your comfort zone. I hear them in my head sometimes, telling me to “accent the smallest part of your waist” or “wear something other than black”.
- They preach loving the body you’re in, embracing your shape, and they help participants move past negative body talk. They may shame a clothing collection, but I’ve never heard them shame a woman’s shape or size.
- There is no mention of cosmetic surgery or a “procedure” that would enhance the participant’s look. The transformation, albeit at expert hands, is limited to wardrobe, hair and makeup.
I have my quibbles with the show too:
- Stacy believes we all can “learn” to walk in high heels. Nope, not this 50-something. Stacy would be tossing out my lovely Clark’s, White Mountains and (gasp) Birkies, and I’d be in misery.
|Hands off, Stacy|
- They are unrelentingly negative about thrift stores, and even about looking for sales. They preach the gospel of full-retail and Cost-Per-Wear for every item. I don’t agree, and I’d love to see them do shows with a $500 budget rather than a $5,000 one. Maybe the advertisers aren’t keen on that idea?
Is there a makeover show on TV that you enjoy? Or do you find them too frivolous/unrealistic? Have a great Wednesday.