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Dress Your Best

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  787 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
The 8 million fans of TLC's hottest show, What Not to Wear, know it as the place to go for real-life fashion advice. Now the show's hosts, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, offer spot-on fashion wisdom with an attitude in this fully illustrated, authoritative, and irreverent fashion guide to dressing your best for every occasion. Clinton and Stacy's surefire method for boost ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Harmony
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May 01, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wears clothes.. nudists need not apply.
Shut up! This book is freakin' fabulous!

Ok. I had to say that... I have a small obsession with TLC's What Not To Wear and I always wondered what "the rules" would be for dressing my body. I noticed some jeans and t-shirts made me look 30 lbs overweight. Not all their participants (nominees if you will) have the same body type I do. Not to worry, this book covers my body type, my boyfriend's body type and everything in between (and outside of them).

The book covers 18 different women's body type
Jan 05, 2009 Brittany rated it liked it
Stacy & Clinton. There are way too many things I have to say about them and the way they "teach" people about what you shouldn't be wearing. I feel that they have failed to recognize something I feel strongly about- PERSONAL STYLE. They put everyone in the same pieces. In the book they repeat the importance of the illusion of long legs ("just like Barbie"), which is something I highly disagree with.

I believe in helping people look proportional. There were a lot of styled outfits that I felt
Nov 15, 2009 Elisa rated it really liked it
Not shallow trying to tell you that you have to look like a supermodel or spend a fortune to dress your best. Rather focuses upon multiple body shapes and PRINCIPLES that apply to that shape, encouraging each person to look his or her best TODAY because he or she is already valuable. I liked that. I also am generally clueless about how to shop for clothes (since I despise doing it) and was excited to get what many a gal might consider "obvious" pointers-- but which were invaluable to me. For exa ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Megan rated it liked it
Cute clothes for many, many body types (divided up into petite, average, and tall!), but the fact that the "curvy" model (person on the cover actually) was 5'7 and wore a size 4 just got to me. I think they should have had someone who wears a size 8 or 10 for the sake of accuracy.
Dec 19, 2009 Abby rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite fashion/what to wear book I have read so far. I loved it! In fact, I spent 45 minutes changing outfits and trying new styles out on Sunday morning before church last week. I didn't even finish preparing a lesson for my Sunbeams, but I am sure that didn't matter because I looked great. In fact, TWO people stopped me and said, "Oh, you look so cute today. You always look so cute." Score!

As many other reviews have mentioned, this book goes through many different body types and h
Maria K.
May 25, 2011 Maria K. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fashion-style
While this book doesn't cover nearly the range of work-related situations as "Work It!", it has two huge advantages in its favor.

One, it has a section for women and a section for men. Considering how little there is out there to help men grow up sartorially, seeing a big "duds for dudes" chapter in "Dress Your Best" almost made me weep with joy.

Two, while Stacy and Clinton also drew on their circle of friends for their models, they made damn sure they covered as many body types as possible. This
Tamara Evans
Nov 10, 2007 Tamara Evans rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
One of my favorite shows is TLC's What Not to Wear and I was excited when I heard that a book based on the show was coming out. When I first saw the book, I thought that it would provide the type of in depth information which was done on the show.However, after reading the book, I was both wrong and right.
While the book does a great job in reflecting the different types of body types, it falls short in reference to fully describing the different types of clothes when in different situations. Al
Apr 01, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wishing to update their look
I caught an episode or two while on vacation and realized that beyond the smart quips there really was some value in identifying what styles accentuate your body and which ones are completely unflattering. I personally have no natural ability to dress myself, and often joke that I would benefit from Garanimals for adults. Lacking the budget to pay a personal shopper, I went looking for some self-help in the form of books. This one was greatly valuable. While some reviewers state that you only ge ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
Dress Your Best by Clinton Kelly and Stacy London is a good book to check out of the library or buy used on in good condition.

I related to Not Curvy - Petite and Bigger on Bottom - Petite.

Unlike the reviewers:

I will use the photos in the two sections for Casual outfits to create new outfits in the spring.

Dress Your Best for less by checking this book out of the library.

A good book also is Trinny and Susannah's What Not to Wear> which goes into greater detail about coveri
Feb 18, 2009 Annie added it
gotta love what not to wear! but really, the book wasn't that good. but it does have a picture of clinton in his boxers!!
Laura Kathryn
Dec 05, 2016 Laura Kathryn rated it it was ok
This book is not all that helpful (IMO) because out of the entire thing, you're only going to get about 4 pages which are relevant to you - it's divided into body types.
Heather Pagano
Sep 12, 2014 Heather Pagano rated it really liked it
Shelves: fashion
A warm-hearted and practical guide that teaches how to select clothes that bring out your best. I loved the fact that this book included men and women (I have a handsome husband to help dress, too!). I also really liked that the book didn't hinge on assigning yourself to a unique body type category. Dress Your Best wasn't meant to be used by glowering at yourself in the mirror, choosing the one type that applies to you, then memorizing the rules. Instead, each reader is meant to read through all ...more
May 26, 2016 Adrienne rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The co-hosts of TLC's What Not to Wear offer up advice on how to find clothes that will look best with your body type. With eighteen different body types for women and eight for men, there's a lot of advice dispensed. Each body type is shown three different looks: work, weekend, and evening. They focus on general principles, rather than things that would date the book quickly, such as what colors are in for a particular season. Readers will find a lot of information by turning to their body shap ...more
Apr 04, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of the show and was happy to get my hands on a copy of this book. To those of you trying to figure out if you should buy this book or not, don't buy it. Go to the library and check it out.

The book does a good job of highlighting different body types, and each body type is broken down into 3 categories of petite, average and tall, but you only get three "looks" for each body type. I would have preferred to see a little bit more variety.

With that said, I still learned what will look
Feb 13, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's very well laid out and super helpful for all body types. I liked that they also included men in the book and that they (Stacy & Clinton) used their own body types for the book. It seemed fair for the other brave people having to be photographed in their bathing suits! ;) If you watch the show you can see their sense of humor in this book, which I find hilarious and made the book more interesting to me. I read every word in this book (even the "thank yous")

Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This has been the best book on clothing I've seen. They are NOT here to tell you your style like "classic," "bohemian," "Victorian"... What they do is tell you how to deal with your body shape. They steer you toward the best style clothing for your body shape.

There are women and men of every shape in three heights: petite, average and tall and everyone is dressed in a black swimsuit (for women) and boxers (for men).
You determine where you fit in the shape category and height and then read the ad
Apr 24, 2009 Meghan rated it really liked it
While this book was informative, fun, interesting and I loved the cheeky tone they used (similar to their show), I can't give the book 5 stars. I mean, how can I give it the best rating available when only a few pages of the book were relevant to me?

The guide is broken down into two main sections - male and female - then by body types and then once more by height and finally by "style" (i.e. day look, work and evening). So even though the book had quite a few pages, only a few fit my body's desc
Aug 23, 2016 Phyllis rated it liked it
I've seen the show "What Not To Wear" (starring the authors) and when I heard about this book I thought it would be a fun and informative read - and it was. I got it from the library rather than investing in it - it's not a book I'll use as a reference. It's more like an extended magazine article, almost a guilty pleasure though I justified reading it as research. Lots of helpful information on basic do's and don'ts to make the most of your best assets by choosing the cut, style, length, color, ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed a What Not to Wear marathon over vacation, and had to follow up with the book. Clinton and Stacy really know how to dress people for their body type and make them look their best. In this book they break down body types (big on top, big in the middle, not curvy etc.) and height. Lots of tips on putting together great outfits. Hopefully some of their tips will wear off on me, because I'm feeling like I need a bit of a makeover. I just don't know about those pointy toed shoes they convin ...more
Sara ♥
Dec 15, 2009 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
This book was good, but it's just not the same as the TV show. I love seeing people trying to pick out their own clothes and apply Stacy and Clinton's "rules," then seeing where they go wrong, you know? PLUS, I feel a little bit gypped, because my body type (curvy all over, medium height) was represented by Stacy herself, who is 2 inches taller and WAAY skinnier than me... so I'm like, "Do those same rules apply?" Probably not.

But there were some great tips anyway, and the book was beautiful! :)
Oct 10, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fashion, style
I really enjoyed this book, in fact a bit more than I liked the show. The models are in a wide range of sizes - short, medium, tall, thin, average and plus. Rather than focusing on specific "flaws" like many of the Trinny & Susannah books, Dress Your Best looks at your overall shape and size and offers tips on finding your most flattering style.

Each model is shown in a casual, a work, and a dressy look. Additional tips and hints are offered in the accompanying text. The book shares the fun,
Mar 09, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
A fun read! They break down recommended looks by work/weekend/evening for petite/average/tall of all different body types. They've even done men too (short, average, tall, athletic, barrel chested, etc). Of course you'll flip right to your body type, but you may find yourself in more than one category, and it's worth skimming all of them. They put "universal tips" clearly marked throughout, and they also put notes about playing up one body part (so if you want to play down that body part, you mi ...more
Jun 05, 2010 Kristen rated it liked it
I adore Stacy & Clinton, thus was super excited to read this book. However, I was a little disappointed. The tips were more for breadth of all shapes & sizes, not depth. So if you're at all into their show or fashion, you will probably leave wanting more. Not that what is there is bad--definitely fabulous tips & reminders--just not enough for me. But still a quick, necessary read for all humans (who wear clothes).
Dec 18, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it
This book proved to be very useful. Pictures of everyday people with different body types and how they should dress for work, weekend, and a big event. It's nice they included men in the to dress if you're a man who's short, athletic, extra-tall, barrel-chested, have a tummy, or petite. And who knew Stacy London graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in German lit and 20th century philosophy?
May 20, 2013 Andrea rated it did not like it
I picked this up because it was targeted toward both women and men, which is rare for a style book. Some overly general / generic tips for dressing to fit your body type -- make sure your clothes aren't too baggy OR too tight; double-check sleeve length and shoulder fit; and the perennial favorite, "invest in a good tailor." Which is sound advice if you live in suits. No real advice if you don't! Too bad for you, Average Size Man! You must live in suits and sportcoats-with-slacks only!
Read through this one on my lunch hour. I've seen the show, and I know the advice Clinton and Stacy tend to give. So while there were no surprises here, there were also no revelations. I don't always agree with the clothes they select, but their advice on body shape and fit is nearly always right on. A good one for people new to dressing like a grown-up and who have never seen the show. They tend to repeat the same basic mantra, though. "If you're not built like Barbie, we can fix that."
Feb 04, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
It had some good information but clearly reflects a certain dress style. Very east coast. I am the average height, bigger on the bottom person. Their idea of weekend wear for me included nylons, high heals, dress pants, a button down shirt with collar, etc. I don't know anyone who would want to dress like that on their days off. So not completely helpful. I'll take away a few good ideas and chalk up the rest to a society that I am not a part of.
Aug 05, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
Love the show so I thought I would check out the book! I really like the way the book was set up. It was easy to read and understand. Although it didn't hit on every body type out there, I felt it gave you the basics to understand the "rules" and follow them. It was helpful to read the whole book (all body types) so you can determine for yourself what shapes and clothes will work best for you. It was filled with a lot of humor as well!
Sep 22, 2012 Camryn rated it really liked it
This was originally one of my mom's books. The authors, who also are on a style tv show, pretty much just brought in a bunch of people (more women than men) categorized them; tall, petite, curvy, whatever. And they, Stacy and Clinton, the stylists, then styled them, each person in three outfits. One for work, one for evening, one for weekends. It applies more to adults than to teenagers (like me) but I like to page through it, look at the pictures, read their tips.
May 30, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This book goes over how men and women should dress to fit their body type. The information is great but by covering so much each body type only get a quick summary, dressing for work, weekend and evenings with one example each. So for me out of 256 pages only three were for me. A great book to peek at while at the library or book store, but not worth buying or checking out.
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Clinton Kelly is an American fashion consultant and media personality known for his role as co-host on What Not to Wear, a reality program that features fashion makeovers. He shares on-air duties with Stacy London. Kelly started his career as a freelance writer for several fashion magazines. Although he still continues to write he has since expanded into fashion consulting and designing.
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