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What You Wear Can Change Your Life

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  474 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Trinny & Susannah have advised and dressed more than 3,000 women. They know instinctively the finer points and secrets of looking good. In WHAT YOU WEAR CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE they pass on all their experience and advice.They show how to choose the colours that suit you best, what underwear to buy, how to store clothes and how to revamp your wardrobe at no cost. They rec ...more
Published June 9th 2005 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson (first published 2004)
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RH Walters
Sep 01, 2013 RH Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of me is a perennial unkempt adolescent who can never imagine using fancy make-up or foundation garments, but I love Trinny and Susannah and the carefree happiness they promise from sound wardrobe decisions and sitting properly for photographs. One favorite line from the book -- "there is never an occasion to wear a baseball cap." Everyone needs smart girlfriends.
May 09, 2012 Phyllis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's probably some solid advice in here for dressing to conceal what you perceive to be a figure flaw (the shrill feminist in me bristles a little bit at the concept of figure flaws to begin with, but I'd be a damn liar if I didn't admit I worry about them as much as the average lady brainwashed by THE MEDIA), but the constant obsessing over specific body parts and how disgusting they are and how if you wear the wrong clothes everyone is going to notice how jowly and saggy you are is such an ...more
Aug 04, 2009 e.c.h.a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samapi sekarang gw masih takjub sama buku ini serta penulisnya Trinny & Susannah. Gw pertama lihat ini buku waktu Oprah dan pengen banget baca. Beruntung lha gw punya Bos yang hobi banget baca buku. Nah pas dia punya nih buku....langsung dech tanpa pikir panjang, gw baca. Dugaan gw bener, buku ini bener-bener gk neko-neko. Dalam merubah penampilan tuh gk perlu biaya mahal, apalagi operasi palstik. Cukup mengenali bentuk tubuh kita terus tau bagaimana menutupi kekurang dan menonjolkan kelebih ...more
Dec 05, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthy-living
Funny and real, with good advice on dressing the best for your body type. This book *did* change the way I dress: rereading it now, I realize that being a busty girl I did take their advice and ban all crew-necked sweaters from my closet and make sure my bras were fitting me properly. It has also dated pretty well for being 6 years old. The advice on wardrobe swapping with girlfriends and clearing out what doesn't work for you is brilliant. The colour advice was terrific for me, but would be use ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, fashion
I love Trinny and Susanna's straight talking style, but this book was not my favorite. The color section wasn't useful because it only had little paint chip-like samples of color and no real clothing examples. Also, I think that they are starting to be a little too extreme, don't leave the hose with out make-up and a considerable amount of spandex in your undergarments. Really!?! There was some interesting info, but you've gotta dig to get to it.
I want to care. I just don't. That being said, it's an entertaining and informative book for those willing to follow the advice and make changes.
Jan 22, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clothes
I read / skimmed the first 6 chapters (the ones about clothing selection).

This book has the same strengths as the others by the same authors -- and also the same weaknesses.

Pros: The illustrations clearly demonstrate flattering vs. unflattering looks. The writing is funny and blunt ("Never wear lots of old chains together unless you are a rap star." "Big boobs can carry off a delicate droplet necklace that ends just at the top of the cleavage. Never allow a pendant to disappear into a cleavage r
Feb 24, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. When I'm feeling frumpy, I lug this out & re-read to get fresh ideas to update my look.
Jul 19, 2012 Gordy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I live by this book.....Can you not tell?
Mar 05, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to dress well
Shows you how to dress your body attractively, no matter what your size, and explains why it's not okay not to put effort into your appearance. Taking the extra time and putting some thought into your wardrobe and how you present yourself can do wonders for your self-confidence.

As far as it playing into media pressure for women to look a certain way... honestly, I like to look good for myself. I like looking into the mirror and seeing a naturally made-up face, neat hair and a put-together outfit
Oct 16, 2009 Vesna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
Entertaining read full of home truths, 7 Oct 2004
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This review is from: What You Wear Can Change Your Life (Hardcover)
Curious about the title, I ordered this book. The style is informal and funny. I think every working Mum juggling their domestic roles will recognize themselves here...particularly our refusal to throw away underwear that is in an awful condition..hardly flattering..and to clear out a wardrobe full of clothes that you cannot wear. Particularly, trousers that refuse t
Mar 02, 2011 Merrilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cassie Hart
What a fantastic book for boosting your confidence and making you feel that clothes can be worth the effort. This book by T&S is packed with great advice, from defining your good points to what shoes look best on you. Covering colours, clothes, make-up, shoes, looking good while travelling and a fantastic chapter on pregnancy, this book is packed with advice that will make you think that looking good is easier than you thought.

Plenty of sections could easily have been expanded, but I believe
The book is broken down into fashion suggestions by topics and include; defining your shape, underwear, color, culling, no-cost wardrobe, accessories, storage, makeup, traveling, and pregnancy.. The authors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine are models for each of the areas. I like the suggestions and the reasoning behind it, I just wish they used people other then themselves. They are both beautiful women, but I would have liked better/more examples. Though published in 2004 many of the st ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
They offer some good tips on how to look your best by wearing what works for your body type. They also add a lot of humor to it.
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
They nearly had me convinced on that. Fun, funny book by a pair of fashion favored Brits; full of tips on what to wear and, more importantly, what not to wear. It also includes makeup and miscellany, such as how to shape your eyebrows and pose for photographs.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and probably won't take one wink of their advice.
But it's worth reading for the chapter on vacation photography alone. Bad vacation photos can sour a memory, they say--do what you must to ensure good ones. Their tips
Jul 17, 2009 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, fashion
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.[return][return]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 ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Lisampinto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this - engaging writing style and lots of examples and vibrant images to get points across.
Jun 04, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is not a wholesome book. The language and some pictures (underwear chapter) bother me, but I'm trying to glean what I can from it. For someone with no sense of style (that's me), these authors have a lot to offer. They have chapters specifically for mommy's of two toddlers (and every other stage of life) and for building a wardrobe on a low budget.

I've been changing sizes constantly for three years (two babies, hello!), my closet is a mess, I'm sure I look like a mess sometimes. This is ju
Sep 12, 2014 Fullfaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BRILLIANT, wish I had read tjis in my 20's. I would had more clothing swaps.
MB (What she read)
Oops! I realized that I had already read this one. But still fun to review. This is a very good fashion advice book and Trinni and Susannah's photos really illustrate the points that they are making in a humorous and understandable way. Some of the stylings are pretty out-there for Americans, and I wonder how well this book will date. But it's worth getting your hands on a copy because it is so entertaining and accessible!
Wendy Palmer
I thought this would be a rehash of the first book with a bit of extra info but (unluckily for me, since I haven't referred to the first one) it is actually a very useful guide to how to wear auxillaries, once you've got the cut and style of your clothing sorted out by using that first book: the chapter on choosing colours is worth the whole book alone, and the underwear and accessories chapters are useful too.
Apr 29, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love these ladies! Lots of useful advice and realistic pictures of what does and does not work for their body types. I especially liked their color palate options. I never would have paired some of the colors they suggest, but they look great. My plan is to go though my wardrobe and see what combinations will work. I really need to get out of the khakis go with everything rut...
May 28, 2007 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe the title is a wee bit dramatic but a fun read. There's a chapter on how to pose for pictures so you don't cringe when your photos are developed after a vacation. Tips on proper underwear to hide those things you want to hide. I couldn't figure out what colors they thought my complexion necessitated however, not enough information for me. easy to pick up and put down.
Mar 05, 2009 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much more helpful than the other one. It covered a broader range of problem areas and offered much more advice. However, I still think it would have helped to see other women than the authors in the clothes they were suggesting. They are both so much more stylish and into accessories than I am, but I hope to put into practice some of the things I learned.
Kortni Flynn
Jan 25, 2008 Kortni Flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Of all of the fashion advice books that I've read, I treasure this one for its color advice. If I feel bored with my wardrobe or think I don't have anything to wear I check out the color combo suggestions and come up with something surprising and great. There's also a lot of basic tips for the fashion-impaired. Always a funny read.
Overall, I enjoyed this book because I enjoy the original British version of the show. I can't say that I learned a ton from this book that I didn't already know. However, I did decide to display my scarves in a visually appealing and more accessible fashion in my closet.

This is a library book - not a purchase book.
Dec 20, 2007 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Similar to their other books but expanded to include pregnancy and other stages of life. It seemed a little more realistic, they acknowledged that women might not have unlimited time and resources to spend on fashion. But they stressed how looking good can give you a boost and be empowering in tough or busy times.
Aug 08, 2008 Marnette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These ladies are European - and have no shame. They are pretty realistic about their bodies. The information about color categories, defining your body and tricks to accentuate assests and hide the things you don't like were amazing. Other chapters weren't relevant in my life... but it was great. LOVED IT!
Apr 27, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to see pictures of real people in unflattering clothes with an explanation of just what makes them look so bad, and what they can do to fix it. However, I'm pretty sure that these two women look exactly alike, no matter how much they try to say that they represent a variety of body types.
May 19, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These two girls are nuts!! But they have really good advice. They show you how to find the color that looks best on you and how to wear clothes that bring out your best features. I actually used it as a guide for an Enrichment Night. It went over well. Everyone wants to know "What to Wear"
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