You can talk pears, apples, and hourglasses all you want, but nothing beats seeing real pictures of how one piece can make you look fantastic or dumpy. They cover everything in this book, including choosing the correct color for your skintone, the right shoes for your feet and legs, applying makeup properly, wearing the right jewelry for your body, and accessorizing with the perfect handbag, and a whole bunch more -- including how to pose for vacation photos so that you actually WANT to remember your holiday and look at those pictures again.
I consider myself OK with knowing what works for me -- but I still learned so much from this one, and the fun, humorous, and often self-abasing tone only enhanced the book for me. It encourages you to understand your body, accept it for what it is NOW, not 10 pounds lighter, and it reminds you that there are other women with hangups just like you -- the only difference is that after reading this book, you'll know how to confidently create a look that works for all of you -- both the good and the bad.
My only criticism is that sometimes the analysis was very black and white: if you're like Trinny, wear this. If you're like Susannah, wear that. Not all of us have one of the two body types. But in general, I think they offered a very diverse look at how to dress well for all bodies.
Practical advice without beating around the bush. Lots of humor and great photographic examples. Makes you stop and think about what you have in your closet and how to maximize the potential of what you already own, along with getting rid of items that don't flatter you. Includes a great chapter on what colors work best for you.
This book was fun and I think anyone could find at least a couple of very helpful tips within. However, I agree with the other reviewer who says Trinny & Susannah were stuck in a rut with this one. If you've read another book by the duo (or watched their television show) you may be disappointed to find it's essentially the same material. Overall, they give good advice, but I believe there are exceptions to many of the "rules" they present as gospel. The section on maternity fashion was an annoyance, as were some of the chapters which provide the most basic common sense. I feel that most women who are inclined to read this type of book already have a pretty decent idea of what works and what doesn't. The color section made absolutely no sense to me, but it seems others found it helpful. It consists of the old-fashioned "are you warm? cool? or mid-tone?" and then appears to be a bunch of random color swatches displayed (very odd and NOT useful). I would rate this book 2.5 stars because it was entertaining.
Carol M. reviewed What You Wear can Change Your Life on
Helpful Score: 1
The provided some good information, it had pictures, and did make me take action on a couple of things, like the sections on getting rid of clothes you don't wear and finding the right colors. But one thing I was hoping for that the book lacked was ideas on what type of pieces to buy to better expand your wardrobe, more ideas on clothing to types to fit different body types etc. Overall, the title and reviews set the expectation this is the amazing resource for women in their 30s and 40s who are stuck in a rut, But frankly aside from a few good pieces of advice, your better off going to Barnes and Noble and skimming the book. No need to purchase or use up your credits
OK I really didn't change my life but I know more and look better. Really, you have to get organized and throw out what they call culling old out of date clothes and update. Helpful but the color charts were confusing.
Maryanne H. reviewed What You Wear can Change Your Life on
I bought this book years ago and I still refer to it for color combinations and styling. When I read it at the book store I had to buy it because it was so funny I was laughing out loud in the store! I love this book and it is still helpful and current at least 3 years later.
I've always enjoyed Trinny & Susannah on their show. Even when I disagreed with them I found them entertaining. Their first two books offered some useful tips for dressing to suit your shape and your current reality (age, size, etc.). Yes, they could be brutal but sometimes that what it took to get a woman out of her rut.
I think Trinny & Susannah have now hit a rut. This book is full of interesting ideas but all of them have been offered in other books (and very often in a more helpful manner). It's not a bad book, it's just not one I feel the need to keep because I won't refer to it again.