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Co hosts Stacy and Clinton

TLC's show that transforms bad dressers to fashion gurus

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What Not to Watch

  • Dec 13, 2008
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The great thing about TLC is that like most cable networks, they love the marathon format. That is how I was first introduced to this somewhat snarky, albeit fabulous show.

Stacy London and Clinton Kelly begin each episode by springing on some unsuspecting victim and proceed to tell them in front of all their "friends" and loved ones, how awful they look. Sounds delightful doesn't it? But in this day and age we should be used to the draw of the reality show. We love to watch people just-like-us be brought down to tears and pushed to the limit only to be transformed by tv cameras, a variety of people who claim to be experts on everything from panty-hose to eye brightener, and an expensive wardrobe and suddenly emerge from their public cocoon as beautiful butterflies ready to conquer a world they didn't even realize they were flailing in. Yes, that in a nutshell is "What Not to Wear."

At first glance I loved this show. I have long been a fan of the transformation episode. Lets be honest Oprah's makeover shows are some of her best work. And here was a show that solely focused on the makeover. We didn't have to be bothered by a half hour diatribe about how their life has brought them down. On What Not To Wear this segment is brought down to a mere five minutes, and then is usually written off by Stacy and Clinton as not mattering, because clothes can conquer all! And yes, I have to admit, wrapped up in the moment of decadence being presented before me I started to believe it.

But more and more I began to realize this show I enjoyed watching, especially in marathon format, was merely a shallow trick to self-fulfillment. They dressed these women up, gave them new hairstyles, threw some make-up on them, and suddenly they are supposed to be happy, self-confident, and mesmorized by this new magic called shopping that they have been introduced to.

If I sound bitter maybe I am. Or maybe I'm just jealous no one has given me a $5000 dollar shopping spree in New York City. Either way the show is worth a look, althougth I'll be surprised if you make it through til the end. Its good junk tv when nothing else is on, but other than that I would say pass.

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review by . April 17, 2010
I absolutely adore What Not to Wear! First of all, its everything that I WISH I could say to fashion no-no's walking down the street. Secondly, it teaches those frumpsters how to take their bad decision and transform them into a personal style that helps put a little beauty back in America.       Lets face it, America has a bad rep for being frumpy, obese, and rude. What Not to Wear is tackling the first two of those problems! By taking the frumpy out of people's wardrobes, …
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
such a good show, and love the emotional transformations too. stacy is genious.
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TLC's Stacey London and Clinton Kelly co-host this show where friends and families nominate their loved ones to have a closet makeover.  The victim is given a free $5,000 Bank of America check card IF they are willing to hand over all of their current clothing to Stacy and Clinton to critque and eventually throw away.  Their fashion lessons, shopping help, new hair and new makeup helps in transforming a fashion stay to a new fashion guru that dresses appropriately for their age.
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Premiere Date: January 18, 2003
Description: TLC show tranforming needy fashion victims into fashion gurus by replacing their closet with a free $5,000 Bank of America check card

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