The atrocities Clinton Kelly has seen—it’s a surprise he hasn’t gouged out his own eyes. Mom jeans? Fancy fingernails? Tracksuits? In the same straight-talking style that has made TLC’s What Not to Wear a smash hit for eight seasons, the cheeky media personality and author of Freakin’ Fabulous shows women how to outfit themselves with confidence and style as he pokes fun at fashion "don’ts."
I’m a bookish person who wants to dress better. So what do I do? Read a book about dressing better. I knew more than I thought I would as I was reading it, but I still learned a few style tips. There were pictures for every single example, so this 200 page book is about half as long as it looks and I read it in an hour. It is my New Year’s Resolution to not end up in this book. Clinton Kelly swears a lot and is kind of judgmental, but the whole book was mostly entertaining. I thought it was funny most of the time, but he could be over dramatic.
My favorite funny quote:
“If you are actively participating in a step class . . . I might be able to tolerate [cross-trainers]. But you’re not. You’re at the mall! You’re at the airport! You’re at the dentist! You are everywhere except at the gym!” – pg 67 Hardcover
Here’s a few of the things I want to incorporate into my style:
- Mom Jeans = High-waisted, light-wash, taper-leg jeans. It’s nice to have an official definition.
- The shoe sets the tone for the outfit. (I need to get better shoes.)
- Four rules to make an outfit interesting- color, texture, pattern, and shine.
- Have different jeans for different shoe heights. (What. Now I need more jeans)
- To start a wardrobe, get a black pencil skirt, gray trousers, dark-wash jeans, khakis, and white walking shorts. Then get colorful and interesting tops.
- Dress criteria – v-neck, high, defined waist, and a flared skirt to the knee.
Overall, it was a good, fast way to learn some basic style rules, but I’m glad I got it at the library instead of buying it.
Content Rating: Medium, for language.