Trying to Follow What Not to Wear Fashion Rules
The most recent episode of TLC’s What Not To Wear, featured the makeover of a mom blogger, Amanda R. who writes the blog, Parenting By Dummies . Since What Not To Wear is one of my favorite shows and I’m also a mom blogger, I wondered, if I could follow the same fashion advice or “rules” as they are called on the show, and transform myself into a stylish mom-on-the go.
I love the hosts of What Not To Wear, Stacey London and Clinton Kelly. They are funny and self-deprecating. They also restyle the show’s fashion victims, called “contributors,” with a combination of tough love and genuine encouragement. After being subjected to a surprise ambush, two weeks of secret footage of terrible outfits, having all their old clothes dumped in the trashcan and then being given $5000 to buy a new wardrobe, the fashion victims are typically thrilled with their makeover. By the time the show is over, complete with new hair and makeup, the former fashion disasters emerge as new women, ready to unveil their new looks for family and friends. I’m usually amazed at the end-of-show reveals, which result in a frumpy or scantily dressed woman being transformed into a real-life “Fashionista.”
This got me thinking. Could I, a 46 year old mom of two kids, follow Stacey and Clinton’s “rules” for even one day without wearing any of their banned fashion items in public? A nearly impossible assignment, but one I was willing to try!
Frumpy sweat pants workout gear and baggy t-shirts are not allowed. Ever. Not even for grocery shopping. For Stacey and Clinton, tough love is needed for fashion victims. But, the hosts mix their criticisms with positive encouragement, especially when it comes to negative body image. They want women to “dress the body you have and not the body you want.”
Mom blogger Amanda is the mom of 3 boys who wears huge t-shirts and old sweats on a daily basis. But, she’s really pretty, young (32) and has the potential to look amazing. The most stubborn obstacle in her way? A very negative body image.Continued on the next page